This year, MANTS welcomed 11,039 paid registrants (including exhibitors) who gathered to do business, network and learn about the hottest horticultural trends for 2016. 966 exhibiting companies filled over 1,536 booths displaying everything from flowers, trees and plants to decks, fountains, pots and innovative technological solutions for the gardening and landscape industries. In addition to exhibitors, 3,379 non-exhibiting/’buying’ companies were in attendance.
MANTS 2016 also successfully gathered green industry professionals from across the country, and across the world, welcoming businesses from 44 states and 11 countries outside of the U.S. These countries included Italy, India, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia and China, some of which were debuting new products at the show.
“Another great year in the books!” said Vanessa Finney, Executive Vice President of MANTS. “MANTS 2016 not only brought innovative and exciting new products and exhibitors from around the world, but also an influx of young, enthusiastic horticultural leaders! We have always known that MANTS means business, and this year truly proved that MANTS is the place where all generations gather to do commerce.”
Among the thousands of buyers, shoppers, and horticultural industry leaders and businesses converging on the show floor this year were special groups of green industry up-and-comers spanning Generation X and Y – the Young Nursery Professionals and Emergent Group. These groups work to connect young horticultural professionals online and in person at shows like MANTS for educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
In 2017, MANTS will take place from January 11 – 13 at the Baltimore Convention Center.