MAHTS Atlantic city

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by Shorelandscaper, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Shorelandscaper

    Shorelandscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 266

    Has anyone been to the MAHTS expo before? Im thinking about going this year. If anyone has any reviews recommendations id greatly appreciate the input.
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thinking about going too. Who doesnt like a trip to AC?
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Should repost this in hardscaping
     
  4. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NJ
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    I went to MAHTS about 10 years ago, and am planning on going back this year. The current floor plan showing the size of the show, the list of exhibitors, & the description of all the educational classes seems to be very similar to 10 years ago. I would have rated the show 10 years ago B to B+. Unless I am mistaken,the only paver manufacturer their is EP Henry, since it is their show, & they did a great job ( A+)of displaying all of their products using very large areas to demo their products, as opposed to small layouts you might see at a distributor's location. I don't know if this has changed or not. The other exhibitors were good also & what they offered could be used in all applications, not just EP Henrys. The show itself (square footage wise) seemed to be about half the size of MANTS in Baltimore. If there were more exhibitors I would of raised my rating. The educational classes were overall good, though a couple I took were so-so. I am going back mostly for the educational classes. You might be able to find cheaper rooms at some of the casinos . I think Trump has some advertised at $49.00 a night. It is about a 3 to 4 block walk from the(close) beach casino/hotels to the convention center, & is normally a safe daytime walk. They also have free shuttle buses that go to the casino hotels from the convention center( the white buses).I guess the advantage of staying at the Sheraton for $94.00 is that it is directly across the street from the convention center. You replied to me in a different thread you were going to MANTS in Baltimore by train. You can actually take a train right to MAHTS in AC from Baltimore's Penn Station with one connection in Philly, switching to NJ Transit. The NJ transit AC staion is the AC convention center. That is how I am going. You get off the train & in less than a minute you are in the convention center. I was in AC in December at the NJ Turf Grass Association show at Trump Taj Mahal & the place was a ghost town. I don't think February will be different. You probably can book a room if needed the same day without any problem. The Sheraton might be different, because it is smaller.
     
  5. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
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    I went to MANTS in Baltimore last year, it was nice but not very much there for the lawn and landscape guy. They had a few hundred suppliers but none from Delaware as far as I could tell. I don't know if I missed every class or if they just didn't have any. I just walked around the place, got a dozen business cards and drove on home. I ended up being there for about 6 hours. The MAHTS in AC looks like it has a lot of classes that i'd like but im not sure I want to spend the time at the show. If it snows I definitely won't be there.

    -Michael
     
  6. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NJ
    Posts: 1,642

    Yes MANTS in Baltimore doesn't have any classes. I went to this years show last Thursday & did the same thing you did. The MANTS show seems to be geared more for garden centers, though there was info for landscapers. And it better to see stuff in person Vs the internet. The MAHTS AC show seemed to be 90% geared toward hardscaping & 10% toward landscaping and/or hardscaping. What the AC MAHTS show offers best is the educational classes. Things you can learn in a day, that would take weeks of reading. You also have the ability to as experts questions ,that you can not do with a book or magazine article. The educational classes are useful to anyone. You can register onsite if you need to make a last minute decision.
     
  7. Shorelandscaper

    Shorelandscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 266

    Thanks guys. Ill probably venture up one of the days to check it out, assuming no snow. Ive got some other venues as far as the training aspect goes which ill be using. I think the biggest thing for me is making contacts and networking. I did attend Mants and agree the majority of vendors etc were from out of NC and oregon. Which is fine, it is a nursery show. I did make some good contacts and was provided with plenty of information.
     

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