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Get the early-bird rate
Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil - Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main St., Grapevine, Texas

For 12 years, this event has provided the largest value for the dollar in North Texas regarding warehousing educational events. The event includes an exhibitor hall with 40-plus industry suppliers, four educational sessions (three options per session), breakfast/lunch/snacks, free gift raffle, and networking.

Low Cost
  • Early-bird rates end Aug. 30 — Register before Aug. 30 and save $10.
  • WERC member early-bird rate: $20
  • WERC nonmember early-bird rate: $25
  • Full-time students and faculty with IDs free* — *Limited space available.

  • Visit to register. Questions: Please contact Norm Saenz, North Texas WERCouncil president, TranSystems Corporation, at or 817-919-1753.

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  • Sept. 12, Baltimore WERCouncil McCormick Tour and Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, Atlanta WERCouncil Golf Outing and Networking Event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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