4/6/2021: Southwire Canada is proud to announce that it recently became a Great Place to Work® (GPTW) Certified™ organization, showcasing the company’s commitment to its employees, communities and other stakeholders.
“This certification is a great recognition of our employees and our culture,” said Tim King, Southwire’s president in Canada. “It reflects our core beliefs of Southwire’s founder, Roy Richards Sr., who regarded Southwire’s people as our most important and influential asset and, after more than seventy years of successful business, this still remains true.”
GPTW is the world’s leading research and consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations assess and develop their workplaces, cultures and employee engagement. According to GPTW, trust is the main ingredient in building a great place to work for all. Establishing a foundation of trust in the workplace culture is the smartest investment one can make for their organization. The Great Place to Work® Trust Model©, which was a key factor in achieving this certification, outlines the definition of a great workplace, and trust in leadership is at the core.
The Trust Index©, based on the Great Place to Work® Trust Model©, measures the levels of trust in the workplace by focusing on five key dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. GPTW uses this to define a great workplace as one where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in the work they do and enjoy the people with whom they work.
The survey used by this index is the most widely used survey of its kind in the world and is used annually by more than 8,000 organizations employing approximately 12 million employees worldwide. It is a cornerstone of the world’s most respected ongoing study of workplace excellence, leadership and the role of trust and employee relationships in creating great workplaces, cultures and engagement. Great Place to Work® recognizes leading workplaces in 55 countries on six continents through its Best Workplaces lists, which are published annually in prestigious national media outlets, such as the Globe & Mail, FORTUNE Magazine and more. 84% of Southwire employees in Canada participated in this survey, which was open for two weeks, and the organization surpassed the certification threshold by 8%.
“Southwire is an equal opportunity employer, who really cares and invests in its people,” said Maria Sial, Southwire Canada’s manager of communications & digital strategy. “Our company truly understands that people in an organization are important, and fosters a culture where people can learn, grow and develop further. Receiving this certification sets Southwire apart and allows us to benchmark ourselves against the Best Workplaces in the world.”
Southwire has always believed that its employees are The People Behind the Power™. Achieving the Great Place to Work® certification reaffirms this belief, as Southwire achieved this certification based on its employees’ feedback and survey responses. This is a direct reflection of Southwire’s core tenets of Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.
To learn more about Southwire’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.southwire.com/sustainability.
4/6/2021: The International Wire and Machinery Association (IWMA), citing its mission to “Connect Expertise Globally,” will hold its first-ever virtual, one day-event from 10 am to 4 pm (BST) on Thursday, April 22.
IWMA reported that it has been working in recent months “with a tried and trusted virtual event platform to bring our members together.” The event, free to IWMA members/£25 per person nonmembers, will provide “real opportunity for networking, building connections, industry insight and more.”
The event will include guest speakers from the CRU Group, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and Ducab. The Sponsored Speaker Sessions will allow a company to pre-record its own talk or presentation to feature on the virtual event platform for £400. The forum will allow participants “to present their latest company news, products or technology right in front of (attendees) whilst also providing them with the opportunity to network and gain industry insight from our guest speakers.”
4/6/2021: Messe Düsseldorf has appointed Daniel Ryfisch as project director of the Global Portfolio wire, Tube & Flow Technologies, as part of a reorganization of the team in charge of its 15 trade fairs in six countries. He has experience in both international and national trade fair businesses. He started with Messe Düsseldorf as a trainee, and from 2008 he held the position of project manager for the worldwide satellites of the trade fairs wire, Tube and Metec in Russia, India, China and the UAE.
Since 2015, he was also in charge of wire and Tube on the operational level as deputy director. Last September, he became project director for the wire, Tube and VALVE WORLD EXPO events, and their international satellites in China, Thailand, Brazil, Russia and India. He will be responsible for both the strategic orientation of the trade fair themes and the expansion of the exhibition business abroad. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Cologne. He will continue to report to Global Portfolio Director Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, who will change his focus on developing new business in the fields of wire, Tube and Flow Technologies. Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Messe Düsseldorf is one of the world’s leading organizers of trade shows, including wire Düsseldorf, the industry’s largest such event for the wire and cable industry.
4/6/2021: Larry Lee Finney, an industry veteran whose passion for trouble-shooting production problems transcended his official retirement, died Feb. 28, 2021, at age 82.
Finney, who retired from the Prysmian Group, worked for more than four decades in the wire and cable industry. His career started in the 1960s as a machine operator at Anaconda. He worked at a number of different positions for different companies over the years. In 1966, the same year he got married, he got a call from Wendell Yeager asking him to help start up a plant in Tarboro, North Carolina, which he did. In 1988, he became a general foreman with Pirelli Cable in Abbeville, South Carolina. In 1993, he became a process engineer at the BICC Cable plant in Du Quoin, Illinois, where he stayed until 1998, when he returned to Abbeville for Pirelli. During his career, he traveled to many states and internationally to share his knowledge and help solve production problems. After his 2007 retirement, he worked for three more years as a contractor, although he continued to take calls for help well beyond that from many past co-workers.
He is survived by Karen Lea Donahoo Finney, his wife of 55 years; a son, Jason Finney; a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Donohoe; a brother, Bill Finney; a sister-in-law, Kathy Sweney; and five grandchildren: Taylor Donohoe, Chase Donohoe, Wilson Ehrhardt, Livingston Finney and Jameson Finney.
4/6/2021: Eugene “Gino” Valentino Marozzi, Jr., who worked in the wire and cable industry for more than a half-century, died Feb. 17 at his family home in East Windsor, Connecticut, at age 76.
Marozzi worked for Rome Cable in New York; General Cable in Willimantic, Connecticut; was a co-owner of Communications Cable, Inc., in Manchester, Connecticut; and was most recently employed at Wire Tek Inc. in Bloomfield. He held a degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Marozzi; former wife, Lynn Marozzi; daughters Kristine Webb, Julia Garner, Nicole Marozzi and Tori Ash; and grandchildren Adam Webb, Morgan Webb, Jonathan Boushee and Tayla Lupacchino.
4/6/2021: In honor of “Black History Month,” IWCS is proud to recognize a true American Hero and pioneer. We were truly blessed to have “Ace” Godwin as the leader of IWCS for over 30 years!
Elmer “Ace” Godwin was born July 10, 1920 in Smithfield, Virginia. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse, called the Godwin School, which was built and supported by his family. Looking for a life other than working on the family farm, Godwin moved after high school to Sea Bright, New Jersey. He worked in various jobs, including building many of the jetties along the oceanfront.
World War II marked the beginning of many firsts for Godwin in his breaking of society’s racial barriers. He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the all black 332nd Fighter Squadron who became the country’s first black military airmen during segregation. While battling racism at home, the Tuskegee Airmen distinguished themselves by having the best record of safeguarding bombers flying missions from the U.K. Their achievements were fundamental to integrating the U.S. military. Stationed in Italy from 1943-1945, Godwin was a tower operator in charge of instructing pilots during takeoffs and landings. While there, he received the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge.
In September 2007, Godwin was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his World War II service during a ceremony at the New Jersey Borough of Shrewsbury’s city hall. On Jan. 20, 2009, he was among 150 Tuskegee Airmen who were guests of President Barack Obama at his inauguration. He was also the first African American to join the board of governors at Monmouth Medical Center.
After the military, Godwin attended Monmouth College and Rutgers University, where he received his B.S. degree. Godwin then worked for 35 years as an electronics engineer for the Army’s Electronics Command Research and Development Laboratories at Fort Monmouth in Eatontown, New Jersey. He was considered a leading international lecturer and authority on wire and cable engineering.
After retiring from the Fort in 1979, Godwin became CEO and Director of the IWCS. This group brought together government and industry representatives from around the world to develop wires and cables in military applications. Godwin was also owner of GEF Associates of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, an electronics engineering consulting firm. In 2002, IWCS endowed a scholarship in Godwin’s name at Rutgers University. The Elmer “Ace” Godwin scholarship is for qualified high school seniors and college students in need who want to enter the electronic or engineering field of telecommunication. To make a contribution, go to http://give.rutgers.edu/Godwin.
Ace died Feb. 19, 2009, but his legacy continues.
4/5/2021: South Korea’s LS Cable & System (LC&S) announced that it will be the sole supplier of magnet wire for the drive motors (enamel wire) of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 electric vehicles.
A press release said that LC&S is the first South Korean company to mass-produce magnet wires that can be used at 800 V. Sales are estimated to reach more than KRW200 billion within 6 years. It noted that the company succeeded in using a high-performance insulation material to develop a high-voltage magnet wire with improved efficiency.
As the charging speed competition is intensifying in the electric vehicle industry, development of high-voltage parts supporting this is becoming more important. “We expect that this supply will provide us with an opportunity to preempt the high-voltage electric vehicle wire market, which is still in its early stage,” the release said.
LC&S projects that global demand for environmentally friendly automotive magnet wire market will grow more than six-fold by 2025. It is responding by reinforcing its marketing efforts and increasing investments with regard to global automakers. “The drive motor and the battery are important enough to be called the two hearts of an electric vehicle,” said LC&S President & CEO Myung Roe-Hyun. “We are certain that the wires and parts business, which serves as the blood vessels of the heart, will also grow rapidly, so we are fostering them as new growth engines.”
Since 2016, LC&S has been supplying GM with the magnet wire (400V) for the drive motors of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. It is also discussing development of HV magnet wires that will be used by all EVs produced by GM.
4/5/2021: Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of wireless and broadcast infrastructure, announced that it has made “a seven-figure investment” at its manufacturing facility in Meriden, Connecticut.
A press release said that the investment was made to support growing demand for its HYBRIFLEX riser and jumper cables for 4G, 5G products, and beyond. RFS invested in the latest state-of-the-art cable manufacturing equipment that will enable the company “to significantly increase production capability, flexibility, and capacity to meet customer demand.” A company spokesperson said that the new equipment is not replacing existing production.
The investment will help RFS react even more swiftly to requests for new designs and prototypes. “This has reduced new product development lead time by an average of 25%, while doubling production capacity for bulk cables.”
“The recent pandemic has emphasized just how reliant the U.S., and the rest of the world is on telecommunication,” said Matt Gauvin, global product line manager optical fiber and power solutions for RFS. “As a result of this realization, combined with the development of next generation mobile services, we anticipate a huge surge in demand.”
4/5/2021: Champlain Cable announces that it has acquired Umbilicals International (UI), which designs and manufactures complex cable and umbilical products for dynamic and harsh environments at its two U.S. plants in Texas.
A press release said that UI, a business of Scotland’s Seanamic Group, will continue to operate out of their facilities in Stafford, its headquarters, and Channelview, Texas. UI will continue with its present name, managed as a standalone business under General Manager Colin Zak.
The deal expands the scope of Champlain Cable, which is based in Vermont, with operations in El Paso, Texas, and Benton Harbor, Michigan. “The addition of Umbilicals International to the Champlain Cable Group will strengthen our commitment to custom designed cables for harsh and demanding environments,” Champlain Cable President Bill Reichert said. “The entire Champlain Cable Group will now have extensive cable design and manufacturing capability for a broad coverage of markets and applications.”
Reichert commented that all the proper and necessary due diligence was conducted, even though, given the challenging times, it was done under very different circumstances. “We did visit UI’s two plants (Stafford and Channelview) in Texas. We had our El Paso Operations manager handle that part of the process.”
Reichert cited Marty Kenner, Commission Brokers, for alerting him to this opportunity. “Marty knew we were looking for certain acquisitions, and he and I talked about UI.” That led to good discussions with The Seanamic Group, and the process was largely seamless and expedited, he said. “It worked out quite well due to a great team approach.”
Industry veteran Thomas (Tom) Siedlarz, the principal of Plastic Equip LLC, of West Haven, Connecticut, died Feb. 3, 2021 in Yale New Haven Hospital due to Covid-19 at age 73.
Siedlarz worked at Wire Machinery Corporation of America, where he was a machine designer for about 10 years until the company closed around 1980. He then worked for Zumbach, and later became president of Unitek North America, Inc. He worked there from 1989 to 2008 when it was reorganized. That same year he started Plastic Equipment, an industry representation organization. He also worked for Amaral Automation Associates as a manufacturer’s representative from 2012 to 2013.
Siedlarz was a founding member of the WAI’s New England Chapter in 1994, and part of the original Interwire organizing committee in 1981. He was a fixture at Association events, both trade shows and chapter golf tournaments. He was also often at the Association’s Connecticut office, where he helped out at the Interwire and Wire Expo Points Meetings and the annual Clockwinding ceremony. He was known by many for his positive spirit and willingness to help out.
“It is very unfortunate that Tom has left us unexpectedly, but you can believe that his spirit will still be attending wire and cable events,” said John Rivers, Fluorogistx. He estimated that over the years, Tom logged thousands of hours of volunteer time. “I can’t remember Tom not attending a wire and cable event. He will be greatly missed.”
“The Association was extremely fortunate that Tom was a highly active and generous volunteer serving the organization and our industry,” said WAI Executive Director Steve Fetteroll. “His impact spans 40 years as he was instrumental in producing the first Interwire and remained highly engaged until his passing. Because of his generous spirit and that he lived nearby, the entire staff considered him a friend. He always found time to support our activities. His hundreds of friends in the industry will miss his warm presence.”
Siedlarz is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bednarczyk Siedlarz; a daughter, Kristen Siedlarz; a son, Michael Siedlarz, a step-son, Stephen Lafex; a brother, Teddy (Willie) Siedlarz; and a niece, Lisa; and nephews Brian, Kevin and John.