Louisville, Ky., October 28-30

The GIE+EXPO is the industry’s largest showcase for outdoor power equipment distributed through dealers, retailers and distributors, lawn and garden products leisure items and light construction and landscape equipment used by general contractors, landscapers and more.

This year, the Hardscape North America will be co-located at the Kentucky Exposition Center along with the GIE+EXPO, and there are nearly 100 companies that did not exhibit in the show in 2009.

There are also many fresh aspects for the 2010 show. On Thursday and Friday in the demo area, attendees will be able to watch and compete in the Walker World Driving Championship, which allows Walker dealers, owners and operators to demonstrate their skills in a friendly competition with contestants from around the world. The High-Performance Department will have a new twist this year, with an emphasis on parts and accessories and how dealers can improve this part of their business. Brand-new this year is the Dealer Roundtable Discussions during which dealers can learn about best practices used around the country. It will be part of Friday’s Dealer Experience, which is sponsored by Ariens and Stihl, Inc. (preregistration is required). New for lawn care and landscape professionals is the opportunity during the GIE+EXPO workshops to learn about adding hardscape installation to their services and then the bonus of seeing eight live demos on specific hardscape services they can offer their customers.

For complete show information, along with information on how to register, visit www.gie-expo.com.

Trade Show Hours

Thursday, October 28
Indoor Exhibits, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Outdoor Demonstration Area, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, October 29
Indoor Exhibits 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Outdoor Demonstration Area, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 30
Indoor Exhibits, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

2010 Hardscape North America

The HNA Trade Show involves over 100 exhibitors dedicated to hardscape materials, equipment, supplies and services. See the new products and equipment vital to your business, including pavers and SRWs, edge restraints, sealers, specialty hardscaping tools and more.

You can also see the latest, most innovative, award-winning hardscape industry projects during the HNA Hardscape Project Awards ceremony on Saturday, October 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Plus, visit the HNA Outdoor Arena to view live product and equipment demonstrations, such as paver installation and maintenance, raised patio construction, outdoor kitchens and permeable pavers. Also taking place on Thursday and Friday will be mechanical installation demonstrations.

Hardscape Demonstrations Schedule

Thursday, October 28
10 a.m.:
Outdoor Exhibits Open
1 p.m.: Compaction for Paver Installation
2 p.m.: Basic Paver Installation
4 p.m.: Outdoor Living Enhancements

Friday, October 29
10 a.m.:
Outdoor Exhibits Open
12 p.m.: Permeable Pavement Construction
1:30 p.m.: Raised Patio Construction
3 p.m.: Cleaning and Sealing Concrete Pavers: “The Science Behind the Chemistry”
4 p.m.: Masonry Veneer Installation

Saturday, October 30
10:30 a.m.:
Specialty Tools for Hadscape Installation (Indoors at the New Product Arena)
11:30 a.m.: HNA Hardscape Project Awards Ceremony (Indoors at the New Product Arena)

Optional Hands-On Training

In addition to the many educational opportunities provided by classroom sessions and demonstrations during the conference, the following optional ticketed events are also available.

Segmental Pavement Hands-On Program:
This workshop provides hands-on instruction on all aspects of a typical sand-set paver project, including both concrete and clay paver installation techniques. The majority of the training is an outdoor, hands-on activity, but the program includes an indoor portion that provides the background and framework for the outdoor class. This program is excellent for anyone wishing to refresh or learn new job site skills. To ensure quality training and a true hands-on experience, this program is limited to 16 students.

• Thursday or Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (one-day course)

SRW Hands-On Installation Basic Course:
Get hands-on training on how to install a concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW). This course is a must for hardscape installers of all experience levels. Participants will be guided by a seasoned expert through the critical steps of an actual SRW installation. Participants receive an NCMA Certificate of Completion. Please come prepared to work. Boots and work clothes are strongly recommended. NCMA will provide safety glasses and gloves. This course is limited to 16 students.

• Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (one-day course)

SRW Hands-On Installation Advanced Course:
Take your hardscape installation skills to the next level. This hands-on training increases your value to your customers by teaching you advanced segmental retaining wall (SRW) applications and installation techniques. A national recognized trainer with 25 years of contracting experience will guide you through advanced topics. Participants receive an NCMA Certificate of Completion. Come prepared to work. Boots and work clothes are strongly recommended. NCMA will provide safety glasses and gloves. Class is limited to 16 students.

• Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (one-day course)

For full descriptions of each session and demonstration, visit www.HardscapeNA.com.