Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show Hosts 44th Annual Horticulture Industry Event
Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show Hosts 44th Annual Horticulture Industry Event in Baltimore, MD
Premier Green Industry Trade Show Brings Thousands of Horticulture Industry Business Leaders to Baltimore For Three Day Convention
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS?), the premier green industry marketplace for businesses, successfully hosted their 44th annual trade show from January 8 – 10, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Thousands of buyers, shoppers, and horticultural industry leaders and businesses gathered despite the cold weather for three days of networking and business opportunities.
“We are so thankful to have completed another successful year of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show,” said Vanessa Finney, Executive Vice President of MANTS. “Each year we look forward to coming back to Baltimore to host the show. The Convention Center, as well as Visit Baltimore and the hotels we use in the area, are always so supportive and wonderful to work with. While the record low cold temperatures across the country did affect the show, it certainly did not dampen the spirits of those who were there.”
Green Industry companies and professionals from 48 states and 7 additional countries exhibited at or attended MANTS in 2014. There were 10,352 paid registrants for the show which included 967 exhibiting companies spread out over the 300,000 plus square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the Baltimore Convention Center. 3,145 buying (non-exhibiting) companies were represented.
MANTS proved to be a beneficial marketplace again for businesses in attendance this year, with many selling out the products they advertised at their booths. For one nursery from Oregon, the trip was well worth it:
“Within the first couple hours of the show we sold out our booth,” said Tammie Yoerger from Boyko Nursery, a wholesale plant nursery in Boring, OR. “The sales covered all of our shipping costs back home. MANTS is definitely one of the bigger and most professional trade shows we have been too, we are just happy to be here.”
When asked if Boyko Nursery would return to MANTS next year, the answer was an enthusiastic “of course!”
MANTS also welcomed various special guests over its three days including the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Secretary Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. Secretary Hance attended industry meetings held at the Convention Center and toured the show floor with the Maryland Agriculture Commission.
“We felt it was important to bring the Maryland Agriculture Commission here to show the size and quality of this show and how important it is to not only the Maryland Landscape and Nursery Industry but how important it is to the entire country,” said Secretary Hance. “Exhibitors are here from across the country showing their products; this show contributes about $11 million to the economy when it is going on. MANTS is vitally important to Maryland’s agriculture sector and that’s why we are here today, to promote the importance of it.”
MANTS continues to have a large economic impact on the city of Baltimore, bringing in thousands of out of town guests who enhance business for attractions like hotels and restaurants in an otherwise slow time of the year. At a private media event on the Thursday morning of the show, representatives from the Baltimore Convention Center, Visit Baltimore, the Hyatt and Hilton all gathered to comment on the gratitude Baltimore businesses have for MANTS each year thanks to the show’s ability to bring new business to Baltimore.
Next year, MANTS will take place from January 14 – 16, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Check www.mants.com or Twitter.com/MANTSBaltimore for updates and news on the show over the next year.
Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS):
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, MANTS, is known as the Masterpiece of Trade ShowsTM and is sponsored by the State Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. MANTS is the place horticulture industry leaders gather every January because MANTS means business. The show covers over 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the Baltimore Convention Center and draws exhibiting companies and attendees from throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. MANTS 2015 is scheduled for January 14-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For the latest information visit our website or call us at (410) 296-6959.
Michael J. Donovan, Sr.