2019 MANTS Reports Best Attendance in Over a Decade
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) celebrated another successful event Jan. 9–11, 2019, with increased attendee numbers and the debut of innovative new products on the show floor. A diverse group of green industry professionals traveled from across the country and several continents to gather in Baltimore for the show’s 49th year.
MANTS 2019 welcomed over 11,600 total registrants (including exhibitors), the highest attendance record in the last 11 years. Attendees from 48 states and 16 foreign countries had the opportunity to visit 956 exhibiting companies, spread out over 1,550 booths, to do business, network and learn about the latest green industry trends they will see in 2019.
“We’ve been coming to MANTS for 22 years and wouldn’t give it up. We were attendees before, so when we decided to go into business for ourselves, it wasn’t rocket science that we knew we had to exhibit [at MANTS],” explained John & Maureen Murphy, Murphy John’s Inc. (Maryland). “We get new customers from MANTS every year, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. But this show is more than just about selling — it’s also networking with other companies. It gives us a place to share ideas and promote the industry. And that’s what MANTS does so well — promote the industry.”
In addition to the increased registration, business was thriving once again this year. More than 87 percent of MANTS attendees were designated as making or influencing purchasing decisions. 3,671 non-exhibiting/buying companies were represented on the show floor, and it showed according to MANTS exhibitors:
“I do every show from here to Portland, and this is the Show of Shows — the very best. MANTS has been quite successful for me,” explained Brian McCall, sales manager, Bobbex (Connecticut). “I’ve been meeting new customers and writing new business. I’ve been exhibiting for at least 15 years, and I look forward to coming back every year.”
MANTS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as the Masterpiece of Trade Shows in 2020; the event is scheduled for Jan. 8-10, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more, visit www.mants.com.