Contact: Holly Hart
SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas
September 6, 2013, Dallas -- Hanley Wood announced today the launch of two events designed to bring the flooring and surfaces industries together.
TileExpo, a new trade show focused on the tile industry, will launch in conjunction with SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc America (formerly S2).
The International Surface Event will create the largest event for the flooring, stone and tile industries with these three world-class trade shows in one location. The show is scheduled to launch in January 2014. Additionally, Hanley Wood will launch The International Surface Event East, a new trade show that will bring the value and impact of The International Surface Event to the East Coast in October 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
“We are thrilled to launch these two events. TileExpo will be the perfect complement to SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “Launching The International Surface Event East diversifies our geographic and market segment reach, and creates new opportunities for our audiences to engage with the industry.”
TileExpo will feature a wide array of the world’s most innovative, trend-setting, and distinctive tile products. TileExpo will offer a comprehensive education program, including hands-on demonstrations and on-floor education. Exhibitors will gain exposure to the largest gathering of floor covering and surface industry professionals in North America.
The International Surface Event and The International Surface Event East will feature the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, and industry suppliers, along with unmatched education and networking. The International Surface Event East will be a valuable resource to professionals seeking either residential or commercial products.
The International Surface Event will be held January 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Exhibits will be open Tuesday-Thursday and the Education Program opens Monday, January 27 and continues through Thursday.
The International Surface Event East will be held October 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL. Exhibits will be open Monday-Wednesday and the Education Program opens Sunday, October 19 and continues through Wednesday.
All operations and show management will be led by Hanley Wood Exhibitions in Dallas.
"The launch of TileExpo and The International Surface Event East will have a positive and significant effect on the floor covering industry,” noted Scott Humphrey, President of CEO of the World Floor Covering Association. “The WFCA looks forward to continuing our partnership with Hanley Wood Exhibitions to produce the most comprehensive, worthwhile event for both attendees and exhibitors."
“The International Surface Event East will fill a void that has been missing,” said Jim Hieb, Executive Vice President and CEO of The Marble Institute of America. “We are eager to see all of our members and industry colleagues in Miami Beach. This show will be essential for companies looking for growth and ways to stand out in our competitive industry.”
Claudio Solignani, Director of Planning and Development at Veronafiere, noted that, “As a long-standing partner of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Veronafiere is delighted to see the continuing growth of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. A stone industry show on the East coast will certainly create an opportunity for increased European exposure in the United States.”
Duke Pointer, Executive Director of the Natural Stone Council, explained, "The Natural Stone Council has a long relationship with Hanley Wood and we are extremely excited about sponsoring a second StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas show each year. We have seen growth of the show from its infancy and are confident in Hanley Wood’s leadership going forward.”
Matt Lansing, Executive Director of Stone Fabricators Alliance commented, "The SFA is very pleased with Hanley Wood’s decision to launch The International Surface Event East. We believe in a Fall show that allows businesses to take advantage of annual fiscal tax opportunities, which are beneficial to suppliers and customers alike. We look forward to this expansion and are confident that this show will be appreciated and embraced by all involved.”
Amie Gilmore, Associate Show Director of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo said, “Exhibitors will now have the chance to showcase their products and services during two distinctively different buying seasons. We have received countless requests for a Fall show, as well as an East Coast show, and we’re happy to finally be able to fill this important industry need.”
About the Sponsor of SURFACES
The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the floor covering industry's largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.
The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring web site, www.wfca.org, providing unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers. For more information about the WFCA, visit www.wfca-pro.org.
About the Sponsors/Endorsers of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas
StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council. For over sixty five years, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes nearly 1,400 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers — all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.
The Natural Stone Council, home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents the major associations who are committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone. Member associations include: Allied Stone Industries, Building Stone Institute, Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute, Marble Institute of America, National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Slate Association and Natural Stone Alliance. For more information about The National Stone Council, visit www.naturalstonecouncil.org.
Since 1919, the Building Stone Institute has worked on behalf of the quarries, fabricators, machinery and tools suppliers and others who comprise our diverse natural stone industry membership. BSI provides programs and services that empower and enable our member companies to offer the highest level of quality products and services, and to educate the architectural and design communities on the benefits and uses of natural stone. BSI is a proud continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Learn more at www.buildingstoneinstitute.org.
StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014 official endorsers are Veronafiere and ASI.
Veronafiere (Verona Trade Fair Company) is Italy's most important direct organizer of trade shows and among the top organizers in Europe. Founded in 1898, Veronafiere now focuses on economic sectors of primary importance to the Italian economy, including stone (Marmomacc), construction (Samoter), and wine (Vinitaly). Veronafiere conducts or hosts 37 trade shows a year in Verona and 11 abroad.
Marmomacc is the global leader in natural and engineered stone materials and related technologies and design. Samoter is one of Europe's major exhibitions of construction equipment and earth-moving machinery. Vinitaly is the largest wine trade show in the world. All three are owned and organized by Veronafiere.
About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, market intelligence data and strategic marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans.