NSI new endorsing partner of Hardscape North America
Oberlin, Ohio – The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) said it has become a supportive partner of Hardscape North America, a trade show for hardscape contractors, dealers and landscape professionals. The HNA and Equip Expo is held annually in Louisville, Ky., where more than 20,000 hardscape and landscape professionals gather and host. Beginning July 1, the current event producer, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), will unite with the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), making ICPI-NCMA the new producers of Hardscape North America.
According to the company, NSI members receive a discount on the training of visitors and/or exhibiting at the fair. For the 2022 show, the Natural Stone Institute said it will host a natural stone pavilion and judge the entries of the HNA natural stone awards. The association’s role will expand in 2023 to include a larger natural stone exhibitor pavilion and to coordinate educational seminars that will better equip hardscape professionals with natural stone knowledge, the company said.
Partnering with the Hardscape North America show provides NSI with an important opportunity to network with hardscape distributors and share information about purchasing stone from members and training sales teams through online education. “This partnership creates a great opportunity for natural stone quarries and distributors to expand their network to include a significant natural stone customer base,” said Jim Hieb, CEO, NSI. “Many of our North American quarry members saw the success of the Natural Stone Pavilion at StonExpo this year and encouraged us to take advantage of this opportunity. We look forward to bringing this concept to a new audience.”
According to Charlie McGrath, ICPI’s Executive Director, Hardscape North America has always enjoyed the presence of natural stone suppliers. “The addition of NSI as an Endorsing Partner gives hardscape professionals direct access to the natural stone education industry leaders and a larger supplier base of NSI’s membership,” McGrath said. “We are delighted to welcome NSI and their members to our event.”
Hardscape NA will take place from October 19-21, 2022.