WAMP Convention

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 dianne@wi-amp.com to request copies of the registration materials be emailed to you.

Please contact the WAMP office by email at dianne@wi-amp.com to receive the Valley Trade Show materials.

Please contact the WAMP office by email at dianne@wi-amp.com to receive a Supplier One Day Free Pass for a meat establishment.

Convention Floor Plan

WAMP Convention Floor Plan

Convention Schedule

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Held at the UW MSABD building

Pre-Convention Workshop“Technology & Automation Working For You”
(Pre-registration required.)
7:40 AMDepart Marriott Madison West (shuttle provided)
8:15 AMArrive UW MSABD
8:30 AMIntroduction and Welcome
Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin
Jake Sailer, Sailer’s Meat Processing
Steve Ricke, University of Wisconsin
9:00 AMTransitioning From Manual to Automation
Doug Reinemann, University of Wisconsin
10:00 AMHarvest and Fresh Meat Processing
Technologies Available for Meat Processors
Noah Hall, UltraSource
10:45 AMFurther Processing Technologies Available for Meat Processors
Jay Wenther, Handtmann Inc.
11:30 AMLunch
12:00 PMBreaking in Groups/Transition to USDA Plant
12:30 PMGroup 1: Harvest Floor Technology & Automation
Group 2: Fabrication Technology & Automation
Group 3: Processing Technology & Automation -1
Group 4: Processing Technology & Automation-2
Group 5: Thermal Processing Technology & Automation
Group 6: Ready-to-eat Technology & Automation
1-4:00 PMSix-30 minute rotations featuring hands-on and interactive echnology & automation demonstrations led by equipment manufacturing leaders representing harvest, fabrication, and further processing (including ready-to-eat)
4:15 PMPutting Numbers to Automation
Speaker TBD
4:45 PMAutomation Considerations
Speaker TBD
5:15 PMWorkshop Concludes
5:30 PMDepart UW-MSABD (shuttle provided)
7:00 PM10th Floor Hospitality Room (until 10 pm)
Held at the Marriot Madison West-Middleton

Friday, April 14, 2023

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
• Salons F, G & H
8:00 AMExporting Your Meat Products: How, Who and What?
Courtney Heller, U.S. Meat Export Federation
Mark Rhoda-Reis, WI DATCP Export
Tammy Vaassen, WI Beef Council
9:00 AMDATCP Update
Paul Humphrey, WI DATCP
9:30 AMAg Marketing Update
Jeff Swenson, WI DATCP
10:00 AMBreak
10:15 AMImprove Your Business Efficiency with
Outside Services (payroll, HACCP, security system, benefits, social media/marketing, sanitation)
Darla Kiesel, Dewig Meats
Leif Erickson, HUB
Brian Bennett, STIR
Raul Cobian, Contract Cleaning Specialist
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
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
6:45 PMAAMP Update • Salons A, B, C, D & E
Darla Kiesel, AAMP President
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 15, 2023

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
8:30 AMSupplier 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
• Salons F, G & H
1:45 PMRetail Marketing and Creating Efficiencies
Darla Kiesel, Dewig Meats
2:30 PMFinancial Decisions: When to Buy, When to Lease
Mike Rausch, Kinetic Leasing Fred Bubolz, The Workers
3:30 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 16, 2023

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.

Convention Registration

2023 registration is now closed – Hope to see you April 11-14, 2024 at the Marriott Madison West-Middleton

Link to: OperatorsLink to: SuppliersLink to: Membership

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