Coverings, the International Tile, Stone and Flooring Exposition, announced eight co-sponsors for the next edition of the event, which will take place March 24 to 27, 2003 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. While one of the sponsors is new, the other seven have previously participated in the world's largest annual trade show and educational forum of its kind.

In its first year of sponsorship, Italian Marmomacchine Association (AIMM) represents the leading Italian manufacturers of equipment for natural stone processing. AIMM President, Dr. Flavio Mirabelli, said, "Our co-sponsorship represents a new source to enhance our members' exposures worldwide." Rick Church, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Coverings, stated, "We appreciate the addition of AIMM to our impressive list of co-sponsors. The AIMM co-sponsorship further validates the leadership position that Coverings has assumed for those involved in both natural stone, and the equipment for natural stone processing."

Returning as co-sponsors are the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), as well as chapters of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA).

For more information, contact Coverings at 11940 U.S. Highway One, Suite 200, North Palm Beach, FL, or via phone at 561-776-0600; via fax at 561-776-7466; or by e-mail at