Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Herndon, Va.
Shifting from prior yearsÌ winter schedules, the 2010 Hardscape North America, October 28Ò30, will feature 85-plus education sessions and workshops, plus a tradeshow with 100-plus exhibitors promoting pavers, segmental retaining wall units, and related tools. Co-located at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, with the Green Industry and Equipment Expo [700 exhibits, 19 acres of outdoor demonstrations], Hardscape NA will feature:
- Hands-on paver and SRW installation training, October 28Ò29, at the HNA Outdoor Arena
- Preshow installation certification and certificate courses, October 26Ò27, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, including ICPI Level 1 and Level 2 Concrete Paver Installer; ICPI Permeable Pavement (PICP) Installer Technician; NCMA SRW Installer course and Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI) exam; NCMA SRW Installer Advanced course, and Certified SRW Installer Advanced (CSRWI-A) exam.
- "Secrets of a Successful Hardscape Distributor," October 27, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, offering contractor- or consumer-geared distributors and dealers insight on product line selection, inventory management, profit-building displays, Internet marketing, and social media. During the day-long program, representatives from Koetter Pave and Hardscape Supply, Rock Products Inc., Sonnenberg Landscaping, and Woerner Landscape Source will participate in a panel discussion. Roundtable topics will include "Established hardscape distributors who want to grow market share", "New(er) to hardscapes, how do I grow?", "How to sponsor certification training", "Effective employee relations and training", "Operating multiple locations" and "Smart financial operations."