Total participation at the U.S. outdoor power equipment expo, GIE+EXPO and HNA, was about 17,900, with 590 exhibiting companies and 125 companies that exhibited at the 2010 show. GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo) and Hardscape North America (HNA) were co-located in Louisville October 27-29,
The exhibit space was more than a half-million sq ft including an adjacent, 19-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area for 113 of the exhibitors.
The show will offer a new format for next year's expo. The expo will provide a day, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, exclusively for dealers, retailers, and distributors to meet one-on-one with exhibitors.
GIE+EXPO 2012 and HNA 2012 will again be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, October 24-25, 2012. HNA, GIE+EXPO and the Outdoor Demo Area will be open to all industry participants on Thursday and Friday, October 25 and 26.
Show Director Warren Sellers said, “We hope this new plan will save exhibitors and dealers money and time by consolidating travel and meetings.” He pointed out that dealers and exhibitors have requested exclusive time during the show, and hosting dealer meetings before the education program begins is an efficient use of space and time.
GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), and the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). HNA is sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the Brick Industry Association and National Concrete Masonry Association.
OPEI, PGMS and PLANET recently agreed to extend their agreement to sponsor GIE+EXPO through 2018.
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