LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than 2,400 hardscape contractors, dealers and retailers attended Hardscape North America trade show Oct. 18-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
HNA welcomed 57 new exhibitors in 2017, leading to 16 percent growth on the exhibit floor, making it the largest show for the hardscape industry. The co-location with GIE+EXPO added up to a total of 1,005 exhibits, both indoors and outdoors.
This year, the Dealer Program was designed to accomplish two objectives: overcome the challenges in a dealer’s market in order to grow the company and identify what works and doesn’t work in a dealer’s unique market area both urban and rural. The program featured a keynote speaker, economist Alan Beaulieu. Following the keynote, participants went onto the show floor for Dealer Day, during which exhibitors and dealers had one-on-one networking time to view and discuss new products.
Hardscape contractors and landscape contractors could choose from eight conference sessions and six live hardscape demonstrations that were approved for ICPI Installer Continuing Education Hours. In addition, seven 20-minute contractor briefings gave attendees the opportunity for quick education breaks throughout the day Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. GIE+EXPO attendees with upgraded registration were also able to attend live HNA demonstrations, educational sessions and workshops to learn how to add hardscape construction and improve their hardscape skills and profitability.
The HNA Installer Championship attracted attention in the 20-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area. New this year, five Regional Installer Championships took place in cities throughout the U.S., with the winners advancing to the final competition. There were 22 teams that competed Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 during HNA. Ultimately, CG Paving from Fort Worth, Texas, emerged as the champion.
With increased sponsor participation, the winner received a $14,000 prize package that included $2,400, an iQ360 14-inch masonry saw with fully integrated dust collection plus accessories, a Weber MT CF3 Pro forward plate compactor, a hand tool package from Hulton Tools and Pave Tool Innovators, their name engraved on the HNA Installer Championship Cup, a plaque and media recognition. ICPI also covers the team’s cost to return and compete to defend their title in the 2018 HNA Installer Championship.
In addition, HNA received 149 entries for its HNA awards. There were 16 awards presented and 19 honorable mentions. The winning entries can be viewed online.
HNA co-located with GIE+EXPO, the lawn and landscape industry’s largest trade show. GIE+EXPO attendance was also up in 2017, with more than 24,000 attendees, a 7 percent increase over the previous year.
The 2017 Platinum Sponsors for HNA were Belgard, Natural Paving USA and Pavestone Company. The Gold Sponsors were Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Nicolock and Techniseal Inc. The Silver Sponsor was Pathfinder Systems.
HNA 2018 will take place Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More details are available online.