Hanley Wood Exhibitions Releases Impressive Results of Recycling Initiative At The International Surface Event 2014

Mar 25, 2014 - Dallas, TX


Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced the results of its recycling initiative at The International Surface Event (TISE), held January 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  Seventy-five participating exhibitors donated over 100,000 lbs. of gently used floorcovering, stone and tile product to charitable partners, coordinated by the Mountain Re-Source Center and its subsidiary Tile Partners for Humanity.  In addition, the joint initiative which included support from Freeman Companies, United Services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center was successful in recycling 540,000 lbs. of commodity material.  Officials from Mandalay Bay Convention Center provided a comprehensive post-show report confirming that as a result of the effort, 80% of the total waste generated from the show was recycled.  Recycled materials included cardboard, carpet, carpet pads, concrete, metal, aluminum, paper, plastics, wood crates and pallets. 


“As a leading organizer of trade shows in the U.S., we are very proud to lead this initiative,” said Dana Teague, Vice President, Hanley Wood Exhibitions.  “The social responsibility that many of our exhibiting companies and partners are displaying will make a positive impact that is immeasurable.  We feel a responsibility to bring light to the many ways recycling efforts can be implemented in business models year-round.”


The International Surface Event features over 700 exhibitors in five exhibit halls, encompassing a total 350,000 sq.ft of space.  TISE is considered to be a large event by trade show industry standards, based on the number of exhibitors, attendees and total amount of space.  Additional Hanley Wood shows participating in recycling initiatives through a partnership with the Mountain Re-Source Center include DeckExpo, JLC Live NE, JLC Live NW and the Remodeling Show.  The TISE initiative is the largest and most comprehensive effort due in part to the significant size of the show.


Hanley Wood provided a complimentary booth on the show floor to Mountain Re-Source Center to enable representatives to solicit exhibitor donations, answer questions and assist with donor logistics before, during and after the three-day event. The full circle effort involved Hanley Wood’s vendor partners led by Freeman Companies, who provided the necessary equipment and resources to remove donated product from the show floor, as well as the manpower needed to strategically pack and load the trailers. United Services provided material transport and cleaning services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center spearheaded the massive effort to sort and recycle the remaining waste materials left on site.


Product donations filled six 53 ft. trailers to capacity and one large flatbed stacked high with rolls of carpet.  Donations from the show have more than doubled since the program was launched in 2012.  The difficulty of recycling carpet results in large quantities ending up in U.S. landfills each year, making the sizable amount of donated carpet even more impactful.  The gently-used product was delivered to two charitable organizations - Habitat for Humanity (Las Vegas, NV chapter) and River Valley Community Outreach Center (Gridley, CA), who plan to utilize the materials to support community improvement efforts currently underway.   


Exhibiting companies of all sizes from the floorcovering, stone and tile industries actively participated in the Hanley Wood recycling initiative.  Major contributors included:


  • Beaulieu America
  • Bedrosians
  • Best Buy Flooring Source
  • IVC US Inc.
  • Mannington Mills
  • Phenix
  • QuickStep
  • Stanton Carpet
  • Tarkett
  • Urban Floor
  • US Floors


In addition to receiving a tax-deductible donation, exhibitors received the benefit of knowing their product would be put to good use after the show.   


"Without the strong partnership we've built with Hanley Wood, Freeman and the ever-growing list of donating exhibitors over the past several years, this initiative wouldn't be possible," said Herb Miller, Executive Director of Mountain Re-Source Center.  "The donations collected support our non-profit partners who work in impoverished communities around the country.  This massive effort will enable families in need to build better lives."


For more information regarding the Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity, visit mountainre-source.org and tpfh.com.



Save the Dates


The International Surface Event East (TISE East) will be held October 19-22, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL. For more information on TISE East, call 866.550.6808 or 972.536.6400.


TISE 2015 will be held January 20-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with Design & Construction Week.  Design & Construction Week 2015 will showcase the largest collection of building & design product ever assembled in one place, at one time.  Participants include TISE, International Builder Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and Las Vegas Market.


For more information on The International Surface Event, visit SURFACES.com or call 800.547.3477 or 972.536.6400.


About Hanley Wood

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The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the industry's largest advocacy organization representing floorcovering 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 website, wfca.org, providing unbiased information about every type of floorcovering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floorcovering industry and consumers. wfca-pro.org


About StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas StonExpo.com

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council (NSC).  


Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) mission is to promote the use of natural stone and serve as the world's most authoritative natural stone information resource. Membership includes over 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers worldwide - all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. mia.org

Natural Stone Council (NSC), home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents major associations 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 (ASI), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute (ILI), Marble Institute of America (MIA), National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Slate Association and Natural Stone Alliance.  naturalstonecouncil.org

Since 1919, the Building Stone Institute (BSI) has worked on behalf of the quarries, fabricators, machinery, tools suppliers and others who comprise the natural stone industry membership. BSI provides programs and services that empower and enable 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 (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). buildingstoneinstitute.org.


Official Endorsers of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014 are Marmomacc, ASI, Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA), International Wood Flooring Association and Vitoria Stone Fair.


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. marmomacc.com


About TileExpo TileExpo.com

TileExpo is the newest tile industry event in the United States serving distributors, retailers, installers, and building and design professionals. TileExpo brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest tile products, tools, services and technologies. TileExpo is co-located with SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas to create The International Surface Event (TISE), the largest, unparalleled event for the flooring, stone and tile industries.