WAMP Convention

NOTE: YOU MUST BE A WAMP MEMBER AND DUES MUST BE UP TO DATE TO SECURE YOUR CONVENTION SPOTS!

ARE YOU A WAMP MEMBER AND YOUR DUES CURRENT?

Fun, Fellowship, and Meat

The WAMP Annual Convention is held in April at the Madison Marriott West Hotel & Convention Center. This great show features a vital program for operators, an informative pre-Convention workshop, sparkling entertainment, good fun, and fellowship plus a fine array of exhibits and displays by leading industry manufacturers and suppliers. The annual meeting of the organization is held each year in connection with this state convention of meat processors.

Event Summary:

2024 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors Annual Convention
Start Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
End Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Last Day to Book: Thursday, March 21, 2024

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate: Madison Marriot West for $154/night

Wisconsin Specialty Meat Championships

It is the largest cured meat product show in the United States and gives members the opportunity to have their products judged and rated. This show makes it possible for participants to compare their product with other processors in the state. Winners regularly take advantage of great publicity of winning through the media and by the display of their awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you need to be a member to attend the WAMP Convention and Trade Show. However, an exhibiting Supplier Member may be granted a One Day Pass for a non-member to visit the Trade Show Floor only.

Each attending Operator must pay a Plant Registration fee of $50 and another fee of $35/attendee. Tickets for the meals are in addition to these fees. The Pre-Convention Workshop is a separate fee.

You may register electronically by filling out the form below. You may register at the convention also, but we prefer you register in advance to have your name badges and tickets ready for you.

The convention annual in April at the Marriott Madison West (Middleton). The Pre-Convention workshop is held at the campus of the University of WI at the MSABD building.

Yes, your employees and family members may attend, but will need to pay an attendee registration fee.

Yes, don’t leave the kids at home!  There are fun activities for the kids at the Friday night party.  There are activities for the kids at the Trade Show.  We also have kids pricing for meal tickets.

You may register for a Trade show booth by filling out the form below. You may also contact the WAMP office by email at [email protected] to request copies of the registration materials be emailed to you.

Please contact the WAMP office by email at [email protected] to receive the Valley Trade Show materials.

Please contact the WAMP office by email at [email protected] to receive a Supplier One Day Free Pass for a meat establishment.

Convention Floor Plan

Convention Schedule

Strategies for Success: Growing with People, Automation and Technology Part II

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Held at the UW MSABD building

8:00 AMPre-Convention Workshop – “Technology & Automation Working For You”
(Held at the UW MSABD Building)
(Pre-registration required.)
Depart Marriot Madion West – Shuttle Provided
8:30 AMIntroduction and Welcome
– Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin
– Jake Sailer, Sailer’s Meat Processing
– Steve Ricke, University of Wisconsin
9:45 AMTransitioning from Manual to Automation: Post-Thermal Processing (tumblers, band saws, slicers, cutters, and more)
– Dan Bentz, Fusion Tech
10:30 AMUsing Technology to Optimize Your Process: Thermal Processing
– Bob Hanson, HansonTech
11:15 AMTransitioning from Manual to Automation: Post-Thermal Processing (packaging equipment) (options instead of paper wrapping)
– Silvio Weder, Pack3000
NoonLunch
12:30 PMMSABD Tour
1:30-3:30 PMRotations
Group 1: Thermal Processing
Group 2: Slicers, Dicers, and more
Group 3: Marinations
Group 4: Packaging & Labeling Systems
2:00 PMRegistration Desk Open (until 5:00 pm)
3:45 PMTracking & Traceability Systems for Meat Processing
– Matt Schoneman, VistaTrac
4:30 PMRetail Marketing: cut-outs, pricing, marketing campaigns, and more
– Dave Tredinnick, Metcalfe’s Market
5:30 PMDepart UW-MSABD – Shuttle Provided
7:00 PMConference Center Coat Room
10th Floor Hospitality Room Open until 10 PM

Friday, April 12, 2024

Held at the Marriott Madison West-Middleton

7:00 AMDirector and Product Show Committee Meeting
• Greenway Room
8:00 AMRegistration Desk Open (until 5:00 pm)
• Conference Center Coat Room
ALL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
• Salons F, G & H
8:00 PMWelcome
– Jake Sailer, WAMP President
8:15 PMAddressing Process Deviations During Thermal Processing
-Dr. Jeff Sindelar, Extension Meat Specialist
UW-Madison
8:45 AMDATCP Update
– Secretary Randy Romanski, DATCP
9:00 AM FSIS Update
– Paul Kiecker, Administrator, FSIS
9:30 AMAg Marketing Update
– Jeff Swenson, WI DATCP

9:50 AMIncreasing Thermal Processing Efficiencies
– Tom Springman, Kerres USA
10:20 AMBreak
10:40 AMVirtual Plant Tours
– Eickman’s Processing, Tom Eickman
– Malterer Meats, Marc Malterer
– Richland Locker, Craig Huth
– Falls Meat Service, Tim Brueggen
– Tommy G’s Meat & Sausage, Thomas Gross
12:00 PMRibbon Cutting – Supplier Showcase Opens
Lunch: Free Hot dogs and Brats (until 5 pm)
• Wisconsin/Michigan/Superior Rooms
12:15 PMProduct Show Registration (until 2 pm)
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms
WI State Fair Competition Entry (until 1:30 pm)
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms
1:00 PMLinker Contest (until 3 pm) (all welcome)
• UW MSABD Booth at the Trade Show
2:30 PMMeat Product Judging – Fresh Sausages
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms
5:00 PMSocial Hour – Cash Bar/Free Beer & Soda
• Salons A, B, C, D, & E
6:00 PMBuffet • Salons A, B, C, D, & E
6:30 PMAAMP Update • Salons A, B, C, D, & E
– Tom Eickman, AAMP President
– Abby Davidson, Outreach Specialist
7:00 PMScholarship Auction, linker contest results followed by corn hole competition, kids entertainment and the Myles Wangerin Band – Salons A, B, C, D, & E

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Held at the Marriott Madison West-Middleton

7:30 AMSupplier Meeting followed by Breakfast (until 8:15 am)
• Concession Area, Exhibit Hall, (WI/MI, Superior Rooms)
8:00 AMMeat Product Show Judging
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms
8:15 AMProcessor Breakfast (until 9:00 am)
• Concession Area, Exhibit Hall, (WI/MI, Superior Rooms)
8:30 AMRegistration Desk Opens (until 1:00 pm)
• Conference Center Coat Room
Supplier Showcase Opens (until 1:00 pm)
• Wisconsin/Michigan/Superior
10:00 AMChildren’s Program (until 11:00 am)
• Wisconsin Room (Exhibit Hall)
11:00 PMLunch – Free Hot Dogs & Brats (until 1:00 pm)
• Wisconsin/Michigan/Superior
12:00 PMJudges Lunch
• LaCrosse Room
ALL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
• Salons F, G, & H
1:00 PMEducational Sessions Begin
1:00 PMListeria and E.coli Controls/How to Handle a Positive Test
– Abbey Davidson, Outreach Specialist,
AAMP

1:40 PMCyber Attacks on Your Business
– Jake Sailer, Sailer’s Meat Processing
2:00 PMIs Growing Your Business Through
Acquisition Right For You?
– John Kelly, Kelly Business Advisors
2:40 PMLabeling Dos & Don’ts: Labeling Basics, Clean Labeling, Special Claims
– Abbey Davidson, Outreach Specialist, AAMP
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:10 PMHow to Move to WI State Inspection
– DATCP
3:10 PMHow to Move to Federal Inspection
– Dr. James Casetta, FSIS
3:45 PMWAMP Business Meeting (annual election), Children’s Awards and Meat Product Show Awards Ceremony
• Salons E, F, G, & H
6:00 PMWAMP Cocktail Party
• Atrium
7:00 PMDinner Buffet (featuring prime rib and stuffed chicken breast) Top Product Show Awards, Person of the Year Recognition, Scholar
ship Recipient Recognition
• Salons A, B, C, D, & E
After BanquetProduct Show Open for Viewing
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms

10th Floor Hospitality Open

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Held at the Marriott Madison West-Middleton

7:00 AMRelease of Product Show Products (until 7:30 am)
• Mendota & Geneva Rooms
9:00 AMDirectors Organizational Meeting
• Middleton Room

Not Registered for the WAMP Convention?

You may register either online by filling out the form below or mailing in the registration form in the March Newsletter or contact the WAMP office for a “paper” copy.

NOTE: YOU MUST BE A WAMP MEMBER AND DUES MUST BE UP TO DATE TO SECURE YOUR CONVENTION SPOTS!

Having trouble with the online form? Try the print out version and send it to us.

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