Ohio Team Wins Hardscape North America Installer Championship

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Twenty-four segmental concrete pavement installation teams from throughout the United States and Canada competed at 2016 Hardscape North America, an ICPI event

Oak Leaf Landscaping of Danville, Ohio, won the 4th Annual HNA Installer Championship at the 2016 Hardscape North America trade show, an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) event.

Twenty-four segmental concrete pavement installation teams from throughout the United States and Canada competed in the two-day event. Each installation project was judged on safety, craftsmanship and compliance with industry best practices.

In the preliminary round, the teams were given 60 minutes to construct an 8’ x 10’ interlocking concrete patio with a seat wall as specified in drawings provided by the competition committee. Teams with the top four scores qualified for the championship round where they were given 90 minutes to construct their own creative design.

In the championship round, Oak Leaf Landscaping scored 402 out of a possible 450 points for its original design and construction of a square patio area with an ornate checker board table and two bench seats. The team consisted of Tobias Yoder, Daniel Nisley and Owen Nisley. They received the championship prize package that included a $1,000 award, an iQ Powertools 360 14” dustless masonry table saw with accessories, and a Weber MT’s CF3 Pro forward plate compactor.

Second place was awarded to the Cheeseheads Team, Zillges Materials of Oshkosh, Wis. Team members were Emmanuel Oesterreich and Jourdain Oesterreich. In the championship round, they scored 393 points and received a $400 award and an iQ Powertools 360 dustless masonry table saw.

“It's an adrenaline rush,” said Emmanuel Oesterreich. “It not only tests someone's skill level, but really tests their composure and how they react under pressure.”

Third place went to Epic Pavers of Evless, Tex., with team members Luis Garcia, Jose Garcia and Samuel Guijarro. The team scored 388 points in the championship round. For their efforts, the team received a $100 award. Fourth place was awarded to LR Landscaping of Lincoln, Calif., with team members Lee Reveles, Daniel Preciado, and Elmer Casasola. In the championship round, they scored 378 points.

All four teams that advanced to the championship round also received a hand tool package provided by Ox Tools and a plaque.

The judges for the Championship were Fred Adams of Fred Adams Paving Co., Inc.; Frank Gandora of Creative Hardscape Company; Tim Huinker of Anchor Wall Systems; and, Chuck Taylor of Belgard® Hardscapes by Oldcastle®.

The Championship as sponsored by Belgard, iQ Powertools, Pavestone Company, Nicolock, Techniseal, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, and Pathfinder Systems.

About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA), The hardscape show for contractors and dealers/distributors, is an ICPI event. Its focus is to bring top-notch education including certification courses, products and technology to contractors, installers, and dealers involved in the segmental pavement and retaining wall industries, as well as 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. Hardscape North America is endorsed by the National Concrete Masonry Association and the Brick Industry Association. To learn more about HNA, visit HardscapeNA.com.

About ICPI
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute is the trade association representing the growing industry of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada. The association’s membership includes producers, contractors, suppliers, design professionals, and distributors. ICPI is the authority for concrete pavers, which are universally recognized as the best value for pavement systems. The association delivers education and technical guidance leading to awareness, acceptance and use of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.icpi.org.

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