2009 Hardscape North America Exhibit Sales Surpass Previous Year One of the goals of Hardscape North America is to provide contractors with the tools necessary to be successful. In spite of the economy, contractors will have a great opportunity to obtain those tools with more exhibitors signed up than ever in the history of the show. This years robust exhibit sales confirm the growing market for hardscaping products and services. Hardscape North America takes place January 14 - 17, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Contractors can look forward to more industry information being available to them than before. This trade show provides an opportunity for contractors to network with key manufacturers and suppliers of hardscape products and construction equipment. In addition those contractors will obtain valuable knowledge through educational sessions as well as hands-on daily demonstrations. Contractors can enroll and complete certification courses on-site to help improve their business. The 2009 show will feature live demonstrations on the show floor including: a Stone Veneer Concrete Masonry Wall Construction Demonstration, a Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Demonstration, a Low Voltage Lighting Demonstration, a Raised Patio Construction Demonstration, a Paver Installation Demonstration, a Step and Column Construction Demonstration and an Outdoor Kitchen Demonstration. Not only will there be continuing education seminars for owners, there will be just as many for lead field people. The show also includes seminars with topics such as: Hands-on Best Practices for Segmental Paver Installation, Estimating Strategies, Boost Your Bottom Line and Driving Job Site Performance through Planning and Communicating. For those looking to improve their business, this show will make available some of the tools needed in todays market. Being better prepared will help during tough economic times. 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 www.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 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 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 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 www.ncnla.com.