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Meet Our Members
Meet the Officers of the Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI)
Richard T. Wagner is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Insteel Wire Products. Insteel is the nation’s largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. He started with the company in 1992, and prior to that was Division Manager - FWC Supply, for Florida Wire and Cable Company, where he worked in various positions from 1977 to 1992. Wagner holds a BBA degree in management from the University of North Florida. A long-time WRI Board member, he also served in the chairman’s role in 2006/2007.
Rafael Abascal has been with Deacero USA for seven years and is currently responsible for all Construction Related Products/ Divisions for the USA/Canada. He has been in the construction industry since the ‘90s and has over 25 years of experience in sales, management, and business development. Rafael has served on the WRI Board for 6 years and served as WRI Treasurer for last 2 years.
William Cantrell has more than 30 years of experience in the steel industry. He is the Director of Sales at Davis Wire Corporation, with welding operations in Irwindale, CA and Kent, WA. He started his career working summers at Atlantic Steel (an IVACO Company) as a mill laborer. After graduating from the University of Georgia, in 1992, he became a manufacturers’ representative for Northwestern Steel & Wire and National Wire. At National Wire, he sold his first rolls of concrete reinforcing mesh and pipe mesh. After 8 years, he joined Keystone Steel & Wire (Now Liberty Steel & Wire – Peoria) where after 17 years, he rose to the position of Director of National Accounts.
WRI Board Members
|Dave Wasz||BL Downey|
|Robert J. Weil||Legal Counsel|
|Ryan Pelter||Liberty EWP|
|Perry Fisher||National Wire|
|David Weinand||Oklahoma Steel|
|Dean Patterson||Tree Island|
|Brett Stoler||Wire Mesh Corp.|
WWR is a high-strength steel reinforcement for structural concrete, with a longstanding presence in reinforced concrete design codes and standards.
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