2020 WEMCO Annual Meeting

RWMA Regional Conference
FEBRUARY 26-28, 2020
San Antonio, TX





  Tuesday, FEBRUARY 25th, 2020

Hotel Lobby Registration 4 – 7pm





  Wednesday, FEBRUARY 26th, 2020

Veramendi Registration 7:30AM
Veramendi Attendee Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15AM
Espada WEMCO Executive Committee Meeting
*Refreshment Break Served in the Back of Room
8:15 – 11:45AM
Vermendi Attendee Lunch 12 Noon
The Quarry Golf Club Golf Outing
*Golf can be purchased when registering for the Meeting. Cost is $175 which includes boxed lunch and shuttle service to the Course.
El Capistrano and Poolside Welcome Reception 6:15 – 8:30 PM





  Thursday, FEBRUARY 27th, 2020

Vermendi Registration Open 7:00AM
Vermendi Attendee Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15AM
Iberian A&B General Session 8:15 – 9:00AM
Iberian A&B Welding Economics
Presented by Mike Lang, Principal, Fluor

Abstract: In 2017 we presented on Survival and Success the Today`s Welding Market showing the volatile market trends now in 2020 many have come to fruition. In 2018 we presented on Fundamental Project Success. A grass roots look at the project anatomy and where each welding piece or activity would best fit in the project lifecycle and why proper chronological order is vital to success.

Now comes 2020 and we are going to take a deep dive into the welding piece itself with Welding Economy. This presentation will explain why we need to greater emphasis on welding with labor shortages and escalating costs. Welding is broken into steps to consider in execution, allied processes and nondestructive examination which all need proper coordination to run safely and economically. Key steps for execution planning will be discussed to provoke thought to better welding cost & schedule performance in welded construction and fabrication.

9 – 10:15AM
Vermendi Refreshment Break 10:15 – 10:30AM
Iberian A&B Practical Insights to Address the Talent Challenge
Presented by Jenny Levy, VP of People, Community and Environment, Hypertherm

Jenny Levy, Vice President, People, Community & Environment at Hypertherm, Inc. Jenny Levy is Vice President, People, Community & Environment at Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover, NH, where she has worked for 15 years in various roles. Jenny focuses on Hypertherm’s human resources, talent, and corporate social responsibility strategies.

Her most notable work in these areas has included setting their 2010 to 2020 environmental stewardship goals and related transformation approaches, expanding their paid global community service time benefit to 32 hours annually, defining their SHAPE for STEM middle school program, sponsoring their Recovery-friendly workplace practices, establishing financial instability workplace resource support, and sponsoring their Inclusion and Diversity strategies.

Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. The 100 percent Associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,800 Associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide.

10:30 – 11:15AM
Iberian A&B Praxair/Linde Update
Presenter: Dick Marini, President of Praxair Distribution
11:15AM – noon
Vermendi Attendee Lunch 12 – 1:30PM
Iberian A&B Value Chain Approach to Welding Management: How Leveraging New Technology Can Add to your Bottom Line
Presented by Justin Morse, Director – Field Services Technology, Kiewit

Greater competition, slimmer margins, increasing project complexity and a scarcity of skilled labor all combine to make the current market a very tough one for businesses to be successful. In order to stay on top we must look for new tools and methods to stay competitive- whether it is for a new low-emissions natural gas burning combined cycle power plant designed to power half a million homes or a terminal to export the natural gas that the American shale gas boom has produced.

Looking to the manufacturing industry one can find inspiration where technology has been leveraged to do more with less, turning around productivity shortfalls in the face of a labor gap. Within the welding industry, adopting processes such as modified short-circuit and advanced waveform pulsing GMAW as well as utilizing inspection techniques such as PAUT are components of that technological edge. Coupling these with a new take on welding operations planning is providing an advantage in this tough market.

1:30 – 3PM
Vermendi Refreshment Break 3 – 3:15PM
Iberian A&B Speaker Panel Discussion 3:15 – 4:15PM
Buckhorn Saloon and Museum Offsite Reception
*Included with your registration. Shuttle service included.
6 – 10PM





  Friday, FEBRUARY 28th, 2020

Veramendi Registration 7:30AM
Iberian A&B Keynote Address:
*New Economist Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

It’s An Election Year: Do You Know Where Your Economy Is?” – Now that we are in the middle of the fray what can we say about the US economy? Have we avoided the recession? Is inflation finally here? Is anybody talking about the issues that matter most to the manufacturer? Issues such as exports, labor shortages, regulations, taxes, access to capital and robotics? What shape is the rest of the world in?

Iberian A&B Closing Statements
WEMCO Chair: Steve Fyffe, Astaras



WEMCO Annual Meeting 2020

Refund policy for cancellations:
Full refund: 15 business days prior to meeting’s start date.
50% refund: 10 business days prior to the meeting’s start date.
No refund: 5 business days prior to meeting’s first date.

Join us for WEMCO Annual Meeting, it is an intensive three-day forum for the executives and thought leaders, on key issues impacting welding equipment manufacturers. Non-WEMCO members are welcome to attend the annual meeting one time prior to registering for WEMCO membership.

The intrinsic value of the WEMCO meeting is the opportunity to hear various perspectives, from the best minds of the industry, in a non-competitive platform. Speakers will soon be announced.

Hear best practices used by leading manufacturing companies. Past presenters include Lincoln Electric, Praxair, Miller and more. Attend a special event to celebrate the AWS Centennial Anniversary.


CaLae Browne
305 443.9353 x213 | cbrowne@aws.org

Omni La Mansion Del Rio

Omni La Mansion del Rio Mokara

112 College Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

*Cut-Off date to book is Tuesday, February, 4th 2020. All group rates will be made available three days prior (2/22/20) and post (3/3/20) based upon hotel availability. Rate includes complimentary WIFI in each guest room.

Spanish style and European elegance unite at our San Antonio hotel
Nestled along the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Omni La Mansión del Rio allows you to easily explore all the city’s beloved tourist attractions. We’re within walking distance of the fabled Alamo, El Mercado, La Villita District, Spanish Governor’s Palace and San Antonio Convention Center. You can also schedule a tour of our historic property or drift on a relaxing river cruise.

• Self-parking – $15.00 plus tax per vehicle, per night
• Overnight Valet – $42.00 plus tax

Complimentary shuttle service – Complimentary shuttle service to and from Quarry Golf venue for up to 20 passengers.


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