Friday, January 29, 2016, WireMasters’ Columbia, TN headquarters received a visit from Congressman Marsha Blackburn. The stop was one of several for the day in this, the 7th Congressional District of Tennessee.  Other dignitaries in attendance for the occasion included Tennessee State Senator Joey Hensley, Columbia City Mayor Dean Dickey, Maury County Mayor Charlie Norman, Spring Hill City Mayor Rick Graham, Spring Hill City Manager Victor Lay, Maury Alliance President Wil Evans, and Maury Alliance Director of Economic Development Travis Groth.

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Local and national leaders tour WireMasters, Columbia, TN

WireMasters President and CEO David Hill and members of the WireMasters Management Team welcomed the luminaries with a briefing of the company’s history and mission, followed by a facility tour. The guests were able to see firsthand the inner-workings of a company that has experienced exponential growth since its founding in 1988, along with the important role this small business plays in the supply chain of some of world’s leading defense and aerospace manufacturers.

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President/CEO David Hill explains the inner-workings WireMasters operations

Before her departure, Congressman Blackburn took time to give a brief legislative update on current issues impacting small businesses and other topics of current national political focus.  WireMasters thanks all those who attended Friday’s meeting and is proud to have been selected as a stopping point for Congressman Blackburn, State Senator Hensley, and the rest of our honored guests.

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Congressman Blackburn addresses guests during a legislative update

September 11th, 2001 a day that changed our lives forever. Fourteen years have passed yet that same gut wrenching feeling of that sunny Tuesday morning is forever instilled in us. A day when our freedom was tested and 3,000 innocent lives were taken, 400 of which were emergency service personnel. That moment of horror…where you were, the feeling that came over you and the terrorists acts you were witnessing it all seemed unreal, but that moment is something we would forever remember.

World Trade Center Cross-Photo Credit: The Blaze

World Trade Center Cross-Photo Credit: The Blaze

In a matter of seconds, everything about being an American changed.  At 8:46 AM the first plane struck the north tower of the world trade center with three additional attacks following. Loved ones began phoning families to say their goodbyes. Brian Sweeney of United Flight 175 phoned his wife to say, “Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked,” he says. “I just want you to know I absolutely love you. I want you to do good, go have a good time. Same to my parents and everybody. I totally love you.” Sean Rooney phoned his wife Becky from the Twin Towers. “He told me he was on the 105th floor, and I knew right away that Sean was never coming home,” said Becky. “I called his name in the phone over and over. Then I just sat there huddled on the floor holding the phone to my heart.”

World Trade Center Memorial in New York City-Photo Credit:http://tiny.cc/4c072x

World Trade Center Memorial in New York City-Photo Credit:http://tiny.cc/4c072x

Surviving heroes such as Pasquale Buzzelli, known as the 9/11 surfer and author of We All Fall Down, fought for their lives trying to escape the attacks. Employed on the 64th floor of the North tower with a wife who was 8 months pregnant with their first child, Buzzelli worked hard to escape while thinking and praying knowing he was going to die. Able to escape to the 22nd floor the North tower then collapsed which is when Buzzelli astoundingly surfed through the debris in what is thought to have been an air pocket, and survived. Firefighter Mike Lyons said, the fact that we saw an individual up there after what we had climbed through, in the position that he was, was nothing short of miraculous.’’ Buzzelli’s wife had just spoken to him moments before the collapse and watched the events unfold live on television knowing her husband was in the collapsed building. She says in that moment she knew she was a widow. It’s through the act of God’s miracle that Buzzelli survived, but as he states in the video below that came with depression from the traumatic moments and events he had just witnessed.

In the days and months following the attacks Americans searched for signs of hope. These collected pieces of hope are now displayed in the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The survivor’s staircase is composed of 38 granite-clad stairs from Vesey Street which was the last visible remaining original structure above ground level at the World Trade Center site and was where emergency personnel directed hundreds of evacuees. The staircase often stops visitors in their tracks as they read the chilling words “Go down this set of stairs and then just run — run as fast as you can.” The World Trade Center cross and the Ground Zero bible are two additional artifacts preserved at the museum. The cross is composed of a group of steel beams found in the debris after the attacks, while the bible was found opened to Matthew 5:39: “But I say to you, ‘Do not resist one who is evil.’ But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Thinking of the symbolism of these three artifacts brings a rush of emotions over you that are indescribable.

The Survivors' Staircase in 2015 in the National 9/11 Museum-Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Survivors’ Staircase in 2015 in the National 9/11 Museum-Photo Credit: Wikipedia

As we look upon the New York sky line tonight, two beams of blue light symbolizing the Twin Towers will shine into the sky until sunrise. As these lights fill the sky and sadness fills our hearts may we mourn for the fallen heroes, the heroes who survived, the soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom, and all the families affected by this tragic day in history. The war of September 11th is not over, but we must stand united as Americans.

President George W. Bush addressed the country from the oval office at the White House on September 11th,2001 stating, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

Now and forever we will remember the heroes and the families affected by these attacks. May God Bless each of you as we join and pray today. Please take this time to honor those who died, those who have served, and those who carry on.

Click Here to take a virtual tour of the family room filled with mementos and remembrances of those lives that were claimed as a result of the attacks.

Patriot Day

Congratulations to WireMasters July Salesman of the Month, Jeff Wood! Since joining team WireMasters in 1998, Jeff has proved himself to be one of WireMasters top performers achieving outstanding sales volume, in addition to displaying extensive product knowledge of Aerospace wire and cable.

Serving as WireMasters’ Sr. Marketing Executive with a focus on Engineered Product Design, Jeff possesses extensive familiarity and passion for cable design, inventory management programs, and harness constructions. Jeff’s dedication and 20+ years of experience in sales, advertising, and marketing have helped him become a consistently successful Salesperson.

Please join us again in congratulating WireMasters Salesman of the Month, Jeff Wood!

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Jeff Wood-WireMasters Salesman of the Month

WireMasters is excited to announce the newest addition to the Tennessee warehouse; a customized delivery van! The Ford E250 Van is wrapped with bold images of WireMasters logo and products so you’re sure not to miss it when your orders are being delivered! Similar to our delivery vans at our Mesa, AZ and Grapevine, Texas warehouses, all three WireMasters locations have the capability to deliver urgent material to our local and regional customers. We are proud of our new addition and can’t wait to visit many of our wonderful customers while showing off our new ride! Whether you are just around the corner, our around the world, WireMasters is committed to delivering your product on-time and at a competitive price! Call us today for your wire, cable, and interconnect accessories-1.800.635.5342 or email wminfo@wiremasters.net.

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Last week,  WireMasters was swinging for the greens in Fresno, California as we sponsored and participated in the NIACC-AVITECH Technologies charity golf tournament benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Held on the premier course at Belmont Country Club, WireMasters and other participants teamed with warriors as they spent the day playing a round of golf, eating a delicious lunch, and competing in contests such as longest drive and closest to the pin. There were also two auctions held; both silent and live, where attendees could bid on items with all proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

It is always a pleasure to participate in charity fundraisers, but to play and be blessed in the presence of true American heroes is a huge honor. These men and women have fought for our country and our freedom, putting their lives on the line for their fellow Americans. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support the Wounded Warrior Project as they serve veterans, service members, and their families who have sustained a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound during their military service.

During the meal served at the tournament WireMasters, among others, had the opportunity to hear a Soldier’s story and how the Wounded Warrior Project had impacted him and his family. To hear inspiring words about the great things this organization makes possible is humbling. By the year 2017, 100,000 warriors will be served through the WWP organization, $96 million in benefit entitlements will be secured for warriors and families, 11,000 warriors will have participated in the WWP Odyssey Project, 65,000 warriors and their families will have been served through the physical, health & wellness program, and 10,000 warriors and caregivers will be employed through the warriors to work program.

On behalf of WireMasters we would like to thank the Wounded Warrior Project for making these opportunities possible, and a huge thank you to all men and women who have served or are currently serving in our military. Your dedication, service, and sacrifices are truly admiring. It’s only through your selfless acts to protect this country’s freedom that we can enjoy our liberty as Americans.  May God bless you and your families!

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Congratulations to WireMasters Salesperson of the Month, Kim Bryant! Kim has been a great asset to the WireMasters team since joining in 2004. Known for her hard work and dedication, Kim well exceeded her sales goal for June 2015, more than tripling her target.

Outside of WireMasters, Kim is a loving wife and mother to husband Scott and their two wonderful children. A lifelong resident of Columbia TN, Kim is deeply involved in her church and community.

WireMasters appreciates Kim’s contributions, as well as her commitment to success.  Congratulations again to WireMasters salesperson of the Month, Kim Bryant!

WireMasters June Salesperson of the Month, Kim Bryant

WireMasters June Salesperson of the Month, Kim Bryant

The WireMasters team traveled to Le BOURGET, France last week for the 2015 Paris Air show. Held at the Aéroport Paris-le Bourget, WireMasters joined approximately 2,300 other exhibitors and 350,000+ visitors for the largest Aerospace industry event in the world.

Airbus E-Fan 1.0  Photo Credit: CBC News

This year’s show was an exciting one, especially for Airbus. The France based company received 421 orders worth $57 billion. Not only were their numbers impressive, but they flew the fully electric E-Fan 1.0 that operates exclusively on batteries.  The new E-Fan 2.0 was on a static display during the show. Both these prototypes are a part of Airbus’s goal to achieve a 100-seat electric aircraft within the next 15 years.

Airbus E-Fan 2.0 Photo Credit: CBC News

Airbus E-Fan 2.0 Photo Credit: CBC News

Last month the Airbus A400M airlifter had a tragic accident during a test flight, but the military logistics and transport aircraft made its comeback during the show with a successful flight performance.  Announcing that they will soon resume deliveries, all the A400M’s have been cleared of restrictions as long as they have undergone the proper engine software checks Airbus recently ordered.

Airbus A400M Photo Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Airbus A400M Photo Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Airbus Helicopters had an exciting launch of their next generation heavy lift-helicopter, the X6 program. The X6 is the latest part of Airbus Helicopters H generation platform and will be tailored towards the civil market.

“X6 will be for the heavy segment in the next decade what the H160 is today for the mediums. It will set new standards in the industry not only for design, but for its production strategy as well, as we will rely on the industrial capacities of our core countries, including the upcoming pillar in Poland,” explained Guillaume Faury, the President & CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Our objective is to bring to the market the most efficient helicopter solutions adapted for how our customers’ needs and the industry itself will evolve in the future.”

Boeing also had a successful show, receiving orders totaling $50.2 billion for 331 aircrafts, while  seeing their stock rise 2% during the show. The manufacturer’s largest order derived from the Dutch based company, AerCap. The world’s largest airplane leasing company, AerCap placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 Max 8s, valued at $10.7 Billion.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was the highlight performer in Paris, executing an impressive vertical takeoff.  This takeoff of the 200 foot aircraft went viral with over 10+ million views on YouTube.

Perhaps one of the most discussed topics of the show was Boeing’s jet that doesn’t even exist yet. Still in the design phase, the plane known as MOM (middle of market) refers to a jet that would succeed the Boeing 757 as it would fit in between the current single and twin aisle offerings. Boeing’s vision for the aircraft is to seat approximately 220 people with a potential flight distance of 4,500 nautical miles. Boeing hasn’t yet committed to production of the aircraft , which if executed would have a target sevice date of the 2020’s.

The 51st Paris Air Show experience was one to remember! Thanks to everyone who made this show a great success! WireMasters enjoyed our first year exhibiting and we look forward to attending again in 2017!

Amphenol's harness work at Paris Air Show 2015

Amphenol’s harness work at Paris Air Show 2015

The WireMasters Team admiring the Qatar Airways static Display at Paris Air Show 2015

The WireMasters Team admiring the Qatar Airways static Display at Paris Air Show 2015

The WireMasters Team at Paris Air Show 2015

The WireMasters Team at Paris Air Show 2015

General Public Day at Paris Air Show 2015

General Public Day at Paris Air Show 2015

Coca-Cola anyone?

Coca-Cola display at Paris Air Show 2015

Visiting our friends at Gulfstream  and their G650ER display at 2015 Paris Air Show

Visiting our friends at Gulfstream and their G650ER display at 2015 Paris Air Show

 

Third time’s a charm! It should come as no surprise that WireMasters is honoring Chris Gordon as our May 2015 Salesman of the Month. This marks the third time in five months that Chris has earned this distinction.  Easily surpassing his May sales goal, Chris consistently demonstrates the results born of dedication and hard work.. WireMasters is pleased with Chris’ continued growth as evidenced by his recent accomplishments. Congratulations again to WireMasters Salesman of the Month, Chris Gordon!

WireMasters Salesman of the Month-Chris Gordon

WireMasters Salesman of the Month-Chris Gordon

1) The U.S Pentagon uses 100,000+ miles of telephone wiring. Click Here for More Info.

"The Pentagon January 2008" by David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL

“The Pentagon January 2008” by David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL

2)The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has approximately 1,600 miles of cable and wiring throughout. Click Here for More Info.

3) The Boeing 747-400 has approximately 171 miles of wiring throughout the aircraft. Click Here for More Info.

Boeing 747-400 Picture: http://www.flightglobal.com/

Boeing 747-400 Picture: http://www.flightglobal.com/

4) In the 1960’s Boeing used ferrets to string wire throughout their planes. Click Here for More Info.

5) The Golden Gate Bridge is comprised of cables that hold more than 27,400 strands of wire. The two main cables alone have more than 80,000 miles of wire inside! Click Here for More Info.

Wiring on the Golden Gate Bride. Picture: WikiPedia

Wiring on the Golden Gate Bride. Picture: WikiPedia

6) In today’s automobiles there are approximately 1,500 copper wires that if laid out would stretch nearly 1 mile long. Click Here for More Info.

7) The longest telephone cable is 16,800 miles in length and stretches from The United Kingdom to Japan. Click Here for More Info.

8)  99% of international data is transmitted by wires called submarine communications cables, which are located at the bottom of the ocean floor. They are hundreds of thousands miles long and  run as deep as Mount Everest is tall. The cables are installed by special boats called Cable-Layers. Click Here for More Info.

Submarine Communications Cables-Picture: Wikipedia

Submarine Communications Cables-Picture: Wikipedia

9) The thinnest wire in the world is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. Click Here for More Info.

10) In a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy it takes 100 miles of wire to operate the aircraft system. Click Here for More Info.

Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy Picture: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy Picture: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/