McKINNEY (April 11, 2014) – The Wire and Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance Inc. recently honored Gary L. Spence, Vice President Non-Ferrous Metals at Encore Wire Corporation, as one of the recipients of its 2014 Distinguished Career Award. This award recognizes wire and cable industry professionals of strong character and credibility who have made significant commercial or technical contributions over a minimum 25 year industry career.
Gary Spence began his career in 1970 with Essex International, as a junior pulpit operator and a year later, was transferred to the first Essex Concast rod plant facility. In 1973, Spence became Pouring Pit Foreman with Pacific States Steel Company in Union City, Calif., then accepted a supervisory position with American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) at its new Amarillo Copper Refinery in Texas.
In 1990, Spence became quality coordinator for the Copper Refinery including Total Quality Involvement Teams, rod customer technical support, competitive benchmarking of rod quality and ISO 9002 accreditation. ASARCO was one of the first copper refineries, in the world to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation in 1994. In 1997, Spence joined Encore Wire Corporation in McKinney, where he managed the start-up of its new SCR copper rod plant and scrap reclamation facility.
Spence lives in McKinney with his wife, Sally, and enjoys riding his Harley, physical fitness and watching sports.
The Wire & Cable Manufacturers' Alliance (WCMA) is a non-profit trade association for manufacturers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic wire and cable with an established manufacturing base in North America, including the producers of signal and current-carrying wire and fiber, the producers of bulk cables, and wire and cable processors. WCMA was established in 2004 as the successor organization to the Wire & Cable Clubs of America which began the Distinguished Career Award in 1984. WCMA currently has 80 corporate members, with nearly 250 company representatives, concentrated mainly in the northeastern United States.