Hardscape North America – Another Huge Success

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More than 1,500 hardscape contractors and distributors attended the 7th annual Hardscape North America (HNA) held October 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. HNA also attracted 44 new exhibiting companies for 2013.

HNA is the number one forum to share best practices and enhance the products and services they offer to their customers. HNA is THE show for hardscape contractors and distributors.

Fred Adams, Jr., chair of the HNA Steering Special Committee and president of Fred Adams Paving Company, commented, “I am excited about the new events at the show which included a new Hardscape Installer Championship, a Distributor/Dealer Reception and a new HNA Humanitarian Project Award.”

Hardscape contractors, as well as landscape contractors who participated in GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), which was co-located with HNA, attended live HNA demonstrations, educational sessions and workshops to learn how to add hardscape construction or improve their skills and profitability.

A new feature this year – the HNA Installer Championship – attracted much attention in the tradeshows’ 19-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area. Eight teams competed in three rounds, with Decorative Paving Company of Loveland, OH, emerging as the champion. The Decorative Paving team received $1,000, an iQ360 14” masonry saw with fully integrated dust collection plus accessories, a trophy and bragging rights for a year. The runner up, Cooper Pavers of Mannington, NJ, took home $400, an accessorized iQ360 and a trophy.

The HNA Hardscape Project Awards, which were celebrated during a breakfast on Oct. 25, drew a record 115 entries. Sponsored by Belgard and Ewing Hardscape Products, there were 20 awards presented and 18 honorable mentions. A highlight of this year’s ceremony was the presentation of the first-ever HNA Humanitarian Project Award. Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation, owned by Ben Pamplin in Belton, TX, won the award for their backyard makeover for the Considine family of Nolanville, Texas. John Considine is serving his third deployment in Afghanistan while his wife, Marily, has been battling breast cancer, raising their two children and dealing with the results of a backyard fire. The makeover was featured for Mother’s Day on NBC’s Today Show.

This year the Distributor Program, themed “What’s the Big Idea?,” was geared towards helping dealers and distributors jumpstart their businesses through a fast-paced program featuring industry experts. Following the program, participants were invited onto the show floor for the Dealer/Distributor Day, during which exhibitors and dealers had one-on-one networking time to discuss products and sales techniques.

Other features of the 2013 HNA included courses for installers and technicians, workshops, education and the Executive Workshop where leading contractors shared best-practice advice on construction and business topics and participated in round table discussions with fellow business owners from all over North America.

Fred Adams said, “HNA is the number one forum to share best practices and enhance the products and services they offer to their customers. HNA is THE show for hardscape contractors and distributors.”

The show has co-located since 2010 with GIE+EXPO (the Green Industry & Equipment Expo), which draws thousands of lawn & landscape professionals and outdoor power equipment dealers. Representatives of both shows announced an extension of the co-location through 2016.

“The ICPI is excited about extending our partnership between GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America through 2016,” noted Charles McGrath, CAE, executive director of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, which produces the show. “Co-locating with GIE+EXPO brings together landscape and hardscape. It’s a natural fit. This partnership has resulted in positive growth for the show and greater return on investment for exhibitors as well as attendees.”

The 2013 platinum sponsors were Belgard Hardscapes, National Concrete Masonry Association, Pavestone Company and Pine Hall Brick. Gold sponsors were iQ Power Tools, Pathfinder Systems and Techniseal, Inc., and silver sponsors were Ewing Hardscape Products and King of Hearths by Borgert.

HNA is endorsed by the Brick Industry Association and the National Concrete Masonry Association.    

Future HNA dates are October 22–24, 2014; October 21–23, 2015; and October 19–21, 2016. Details are available online at http://www.HardscapeNA.com and through Sellers Expositions, 812-949-9200.

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About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE Hardscape show for contractors and distributors/dealers. It brings top-notch education, certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls. HNA features indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying state-of-the-art tools and products and demonstrations, plus networking opportunities. Hardscape North America is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the National Concrete Masonry Association and the Brick Industry Association.

To learn more about HNA, visit HardscapeNA.com.

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