- Published: 30 October 2013 30 October 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than 1,500 hardscape contractors and distributors attended the seventh annual Hardscape North America (HNA) held Oct. 23-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. HNA also attracted 44 new exhibiting companies for 2013
Fred Adams, Jr., chair of the HNA Steering Special Committee, says, “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.
Of particular emphasis at the live demonstrations, educational sessions and workshops was learning how to add hardscape construction or improve skills for greater profitability.
A new feature this year – the HNA Installer Championship – drew a total of eight teams who competed in three rounds, with Decorative Paving Company of Loveland, Ohio, 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, N.J., took home $400, an accessorized iQ360 and a trophy.
The HNA Hardscape Project Awards, which were presented 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, Texas, won the award for a 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 distribution 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.
The show has co-located since 2010 with GIE+EXPO (the Green Industry & Equipment Expo), which draws thousands of lawn and 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, executive director of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and a show co-sponsor. “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.
Future HNA dates are October 22–24, 2014; October 21–23, 2015; and October 19–21, 2016. Details are available here.
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