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Coverings enjoys strong showing

Numbers up for tile, stone show

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

From left, NTP’s Karin Fendrich was happy with the final tallies for Coverings 2013 in Atlanta; StonePeak Ceramic’s Brian Edgmon poses in front of Plane, the company’s porcelain floor and wall panel, and Florida Tile’s Sean Cilona enjoyed the reception the mill’s Magnolia and Time/2.0 lines received at the show.

Atlanta—While exhibitors at Coverings may have had trepidations heading into the annual tile and stone show’s first-time venue here, the experience turned out to be a positive one as the traffic was steady and, more importantly, the impressive amount of orders that were placed. Show officials who tallied the numbers toward the event’s closing were happy with the outcome.

“The city of Atlanta told us leading into the show that compared to other geographic regions, attendees in Atlanta register late, so we kept being told, ‘They’ll come, but they’ll come late,’” said Karin Fendrich, COO of National Trade Productions (NTP), which runs Coverings. Continue reading Coverings enjoys strong showing

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Coverings: First trip to Atlanta proves successful

Volume 26/Number 25; April 29/May 6, 2013

by Lou Iannaco

Atlanta—Spending most of its recent history in Orlando, Fla., many had concerns about how the 2013 edition of Coverings, the largest domestic tile and stone show, would fare with its change of venue. As it turned out, the main concern was not so much Atlanta itself, but the facility in which the event took place. Continue reading Coverings: First trip to Atlanta proves successful

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Al’s column

By FCNews staff

Volume 26/Number 20; February 18/25, 2013

GROWTH RINGS: Congratulations go out to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), National Trade Productions (NTP) and Hanley Wood. Each have been recognized by Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine for their annual markets as being either among the Top 50 fastest-growing shows in 2012 or one of the publication’s Executive Gold 100 honorees for Largest Shows of 2011 (the top shows for 2012 will not be announced until later this year). NTP’s Coverings and Hanley Wood’s Surfaces were among the Gold 100, while NWFA’s Wood Expo, along with Coverings, were named as finalists in the 2012 fastest-growing shows. TSE will announce the order of winners during its annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, May 8 to 10 in Chicago. Continue reading Al’s column

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Optimism abounds as serious buyers drive traffic, sales

by Louis Iannaco

Orlando, Fla.—Coverings, the nation’s largest ceramic tile and natural stone show, returned to its roots here from April 17 to 20 as more than 800 exhibitors strutted their stuff for the entire A&D community and more to see.

Things seemed to be looking up as reactions from most participants surveyed were very positive. Toward the end of the four-day event, Karin Fendrich, COO of National Trade Productions (NTP), the company that runs Coverings, said the show had exceeded expectations. “We had set a goal for sales a year ago that we would see some growth, particularly over what we did last year in Las Vegas, and we hit our goal.” Continue reading Optimism abounds as serious buyers drive traffic, sales