14 January 2021
WAI’s Board of Directors (BoD) voted unanimously on Dec. 10, 2020, to change the dates from May 11-13, 2021, to Oct. 26-27, 2021. Interwire will return to the Georgia World […]
WAI’s Board of Directors (BoD) voted unanimously on Dec. 10, 2020, to change the dates from May 11-13, 2021, to Oct. 26-27, 2021. Interwire will return to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta, when it hosts the Association’s flagship trade exposition in Hall A.
The vote culminated a months-long process where staff had investigated possible new dates, at the request of the BoD. Based on the results—which in this case made it possible to delay Interwire for 22 weeks—the alternative October date was welcomed as a time buffer to allow the expected availability of vaccines and therapeutics, as well as the subsequent and anticipated lift of travel restrictions.
Commenting on the change, WAI President Thomas Heberling said, “We know that Interwire is important to the industry, and we are committed to producing a safe event. Southwire has been a strong supporter of Interwire and WAI, and I’d like to encourage decision makers at all the manufacturers and suppliers to keep an open mind. I’m expecting the months to come to show more promise, and I’m hoping that they will be accompanied by more renewed support for the industry to again meet in Atlanta.”
The new format shifts from two-and-a-half days to two days, likely with longer exhibition hours. “Our staff has been working with the GWCC and area hotels to accommodate the shift and secure desirable dates,” said WAI’s Executive Director Steven Fetteroll. More details will be released as they become available through the event website, www.interwire21.com, and in future WJI issues.
Earlier this year, the Association had to postpone, then ultimately cancel, the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2020 in May at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, and its International Technical Conference in October in Monterrey, Mexico.