Hardscape North America 2009 Trade Show a Success

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The HNA trade show at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA, featured large outdoor and indoor exhibit areas, filled educational sessions, hands-on courses and product installation demonstrations. The trade show provided an excellent opportunity for contractors to network with key manufacturers and suppliers of hardscape products, construction equipment, vehicles and service while gaining valuable knowledge through educational sessions as well as hands-on and certification courses.

The 2009 Hardscape North America (HNA) trade show (January 14 - January 17, 2009) was a success, with more than 2,300 industry professionals in attendance. The HNA trade show at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA, featured large outdoor and indoor exhibit areas, filled educational sessions, hands-on courses and product installation demonstrations. The trade show provided an excellent opportunity for contractors to network with key manufacturers and suppliers of hardscape products, construction equipment, vehicles and service while gaining valuable knowledge through educational sessions as well as hands-on and certification courses. Contractors again made the hands-on training classes sold-out events for 2009.

Additionally, more than 120 exhibitors displayed state-of-the-art products, tools and equipment. This year's expanded outdoor exhibit area enabled contractors to try tools and equipment as well as allowed exhibitors to showcase their equipment in typical site conditions. The outdoor demonstrations included low voltage lighting and permeable interlocking concrete pavement installations. In the indoor area raised patio, paver installation, step construction and outdoor kitchen construction installations were the featured demonstrations. This year's show included the announcement of the winners of the 2nd Annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards. There were 135 awards entries, an increase of over 50% from the previous year.

"HNA is the single hardscape show for successful hardscape contractors and their employees. During tough economic times, hardscape contractors with the best training, knowledge and management practices will not only survive, but prosper while contractors too busy to continue their education and training will certainly struggle" said program committee chairman, Chuck Beckman, Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Site Technologies, Inc.

HNA is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the Brick Industry Association, Georgia Chapter American Concrete Institute, the National Concrete Masonry Association and the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association. HNA would like to thank the following 2009 sponsors for their support. Platinum Sponsors: Belgard; Hanson Hardscape Products; Pathfinder Systems; PAVE TECH, INC./Hardscape Outfitters; Pine Hall Brick; Snap Edge Corporation; SRW Products; Techni-Seal, Inc.; Weber MT. Gold Sponsor: Hess Machinery, Ltd. Silver Sponsors: Alliance Designer Products, Inc.; The Belden Brick Company; KOBRA Molds, LLC; Sebastian Muller AG; Strata Systems, Inc.; Surebond, Inc.

About BIA
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) is the national trade association representing distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products and services. The Association is involved in a broad range of technical, research, marketing, government relations and communications activities. It is the recognized national authority on brick construction. For more about BIA, visit brickinfo.org.

About GCACI
Georgia Chapter, ACI was formed in 1965 to bring together various individuals and groups who have an interest in concrete, for the purpose of discussing and disseminating technical and education information. http://www.georgiachapteraci.org

About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE Hardscape show for contractors. Its focus is to bring top notch education including certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls and also to provide networking opportunities. HNA features indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying state of the art tools and products and trade floor demonstrations and offers the latest technology for contractors. To learn more about HNA, visit http://www.HardscapeNA.com.

About ICPI
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) represents producers, suppliers, contractors, design professionals and consultants. ICPI promotes the highest product standards through ICPI product certification and installation guidelines through ICPI concrete paver installer certification. ICPI publishes the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Magazine, along with marketing and technical resources for design professionals, contractors and homeowners. The Hardscape North America trade show for hardscape contractors is also produced by ICPI. Applications for pavers include driveways, patios, plazas, walkways, roofs, airports, streets, ports and stadiums. To learn more about ICPI, visit http://www.icpi.org

About NCMA
The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), established in 1918, is the national trade association representing the concrete masonry industry. The Association is involved in a broad range of technical, research, marketing, government relations and communications activities. To learn more about NCMA, visit http://www.ncma.org.

About NCNLA
The North Carolina Association of Nurserymen and the North Carolina Landscape & Grounds Management Association voted to merge October 1, 2006 into the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. The North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA) is a membership organization of firms interested in the welfare of North Carolina's green industry with emphasis on the nursery and landscape industries. Members include wholesale growers, retailers, suppliers, landscapers, horticulture students and educators. To learn more about NCNLA, visit http://www.ncnla.com.

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