Industry News

WCMA report announcements and news events received and confirmed by our Members, as well as other qualified industry sources. Content will focus on key commercial events, such as confirmed merger and acquisition activity, new start-ups and firms, and Executive changes and appointments. Contact Ed Fenton, WCMA Executive Director at 860-841-7720 or ed@wcmainc.org with announcements.

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  • March 28th, 2021

    Ed Walton Passes

    WCMA regrets to inform Members and Associates that Edward (Ed) Walton passed peacfully on March 19 in Hartford, CT.  Walton was a recipient of the WCMA Distinguished Career Award in 2009. Walton had most recently completed his career as a consultant for RSCC Wire & Cable, East Granby, CT.   He began his career in 1966 at Times Wire & Cable… Read More

  • March 11th, 2021

    Champlain Cable Acquires Umbilicals International - Adds Konnik to Development Team

    Champlain Cable Corp., headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, acquired Umbilicals International, with plants in Stafford and Channelview, Texas, from The Seanamic Group, of Scotland.Champlain Cable manufactures irradiated, specialty wire and cable products for harsh and demanding environments.  Bill Reichert, President/CEO of Champlain, said Umbilicals International will keep its name and continue to operate out of their facilities in Stafford and Channelview,… Read More

  • February 23rd, 2021

    Spain's Delta Tecnic Names Parent US and Canada Sales Director

    Delta Tecnic, Barcelona, Spain, named Lori Parent as sales director for the US and Canada, responsible for the company's growth strategy to distribute the company's specialized color concentrates and raw materials for plastics, cables, inks, paints, and cosmetics. Among her duties, Parent will be responsible for the development of technology-based masterbatch and additives for wire and cable, and these related… Read More

  • January 7th, 2021

    Insulated Wire Loses Nixon, Names Sarni CEO

    Insulated Wire, Bayport, New York, announced with great sadness that Arthur C. Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, passed away on December 23.   WCMA expresses our sympathies to the Nixon family and Insulated Wire.   Peter Weigel, Chairman of the IW Board of Directors, reported that Michael Sarni, recently President, has succeeded Nixon as CEO. Read More

  • December 22nd, 2020

    Quirk Wire's Schlichting Retires, Announces New Leadership Including Falardeau

    Quirk Wire Co., West Brookfield, Massachusetts, announced that Peter Schlichting, President, will retire as of Dec 31, 2020 after 39 years with the company.   Schlichting was hired by former founder and President, Harrison Quirk, in 1981 as a Plant Manager.   He was promoted to General manager and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing before becoming President in 2014.  Schlicting received… Read More

  • October 22nd, 2020

    Higgins to Chair ICA and LME, Copper Committees

    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), Phoenix, Arizona, announced that Stephen T. “Steve” Higgins, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of FCX, has been elected Chairman of the International Copper Association (ICA) and Chairman of the London Metal Exchange's (LME) Copper Committee.Steve is a key member of FCX’s senior executive team and a long-term leader in the global copper industry. During his… Read More

  • October 14th, 2020

    Sequel Fully Operational - Adds Frigo as CCO

    Sequel Wire and Cable, Argos, Indiana, established late last year, worked through start-up operations during the first two quarters of this year and is now supplying cables to the target markets the company identified including UL, CSA, and customer specific “skinny” wires for the appliance, automotive, RV, and other OEM markets. Founder Rich Carr, CEO, said that the company has… Read More

  • October 13th, 2020

    Wire Experts Promotes Dunn, Marketing Manager

    Wire Experts Group (WEG), the parent company to Pelican Wire of Naples, Florida and Rubadue Wire of Loveland, Colorado named Trent Dunn as the new WEG Marketing Manager, with overall responsibility for the marketing departments of all business units, including the parent organization.Since he assumed the role of Marketing Manager for Pelican Wire in 2018, Dunn has brought the company… Read More

  • October 12th, 2020

    Champlan Promotes Koenig - VP Sales

    Champlain Cable, Colchester, Vermont, promoted Kyle Koenig to Vice-President, Sales.  Koenig started his career at Champlain in 2006 as a customer service representative.  He later moved to outside sales as a regional manager, then director of sales before his promotion to vice president sales. Read More

  • October 6th, 2020

    Genuine Cable names Abbagnaro Chief Commercial Officer

    Genuine Cable Group (GCG) named Marc Abbagnaro its Chief Commercial Officer. Abbagnaro will lead the commercial efforts across all GCG targeted business segments, including the Telecom/Broadband, Factory Automation, Marine, Building Automation, Assembly and Infrastructure segments.  Marc spent the last 10 years in sales leadership roles with Anixter International. Those positions included regional sales management roles within the U.S. and global… Read More