Wire Fabricators Association
Fall Meeting
and
Marlin Steel Wire Products Plant Tour
October 16-17, 2018
Lord Baltimore Hotel    
Baltimore, Maryland
Meeting registration fee is $275 per attendee. Your meeting registration confirmation email will include payment instructions.

Registration Deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018. All cancellations must be received by Monday, October 8, 2018. No refunds will be given after that date.

 **Please note there is a limit of two (2) representatives per company with 100 or fewer employees and a limit of three (3) representatives per company with over 100 employees attending the plant tour. All members attending the plant tour must be willing to reciprocate a tour of their plant (if requested) by representatives of the hosting company.**
Getting to Baltimore
It is recommended attendees fly into Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport  ( BWI ). It is the primary  international airport  serving the Baltimore metropolitan area. Located in L inthicum , the airport is 9 miles south of downtown Baltimore. Group transportation has been arranged for the Plant Tour .
Making Your Hotel Reservations
Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, September 21, 2018.
The group rate is $149.00 sgl/dbl plus tax. 

To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 855/539-1928. Provide the reservationist your arrival date and group ID 1018WIREFA – Wire Fabricators Association. You can also make your reservations online through the hotel reservation website at http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com.  

Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Membership Committee Meeting
12:00 – 2:30 p.m.                    Board of Directors Meeting 
2:30 – 6:00 p.m.                     Business Meeting & Roundtable Discussion  
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.                    Dinner at The Center Club
(off-site; within walking distance)                    
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                      Breakfast Buffet         
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                      “Solutions to the Skills Shortage for US Wire Fabricators”
Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
The Manufacturing Institute
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.          Marlin Steel Wire Products Plant Tour
Speaker Presentation
Gardner Carrick
Vice President Strategic Initiatives
The Manufacturing Institute
Mr. Carrick is a key player in The Manufacturing Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms and the production of a regular series of reports on the issues and challenges affecting the U.S. manufacturing sector.  He is also leading the development of a new industry-recognized apprenticeship system to change how manufacturers and schools partner to prepare the workforce.  Mr. Carrick has been deeply involved with a partnership between The Manufacturing Institute and the U.S. military assisting veterans to prepare for and find jobs in manufacturing. This initiative will be a large part of Gardner's presentation at the WFA Fall Meeting.
Why do you attend the WFA Meetings?
Rob Starrett
Production Engineer
True Manufacturing Co., Inc.
member since 2018
"Attending the WFA meeting and becoming a member has already proven to be valuable. I was able to hear the challenges facing other fabricators and learn how they have met or continue to work to resolve them. I used this information to start conversations on many topics upon returning from the meeting. By becoming part of the WFA, True has opened up the door to a collective knowledge base that we can leverage and contribute to. The willingness of WFA members to aid each other has been impressive." 
Special Thanks to Our Host
Marlin Steel Wire Products
2640 Merchant Drive
Baltimore, MD 21230
( 410) 644-7456
Drew Greenblatt, President & Owner
2019 Upcoming Meetings

Winter Meeting
January 24-26, 2019
Hotel Valencia
San Antonio, Texas

Spring Meeting
at Interwire Tradeshow
Georgia World Congress Center
May 13-16, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia