The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) is around the corner, and the 900+ exhibitors are adding the final touches to their booths and are preparing to share the latest products and innovations. The Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland, USA, will open its doors on January 11 where they will welcome visitors from all over the country and even abroad for three days.
What began with 64 exhibitors it is now drawing exhibitors and visitors from throughout the United States and Canada and from Great Britain, Australia, Europe, and Asia as well. Looking at a five-year running average (2016-2020), MANTS, as an in-person show, annually hosted close to 960 exhibiting companies in 1,530+ booths and welcomed over 11,000 paid registrants (including exhibitors).
Even in the face of the 2021 COVID-19 pandemic, when the show transitioned, for one year, to the virtual MANTS Business Hub, over 550 exhibiting companies participated, and they had over 3,000 registered exhibitors and attendees. "The industry learned that while meeting technology certainly has its place in the industry. There is no substitute for what MANTS does best; provide the premier forum for industry members to meet business-to-business and face-to-face."
In 2020, they celebrated their 50th anniversary of MANTS. "You cannot talk about the history of MANTS without mentioning the original founders or creators of the show. There was a very popular trade show in eastern New York in the 1960s, and the thought was that it would be nice to do a small regional show in Maryland or Virginia, so businesses did not have to travel so far. In those days, the Virginia and Maryland Nurserymen's Association hosted a joint event at the Washingtonian Hotel. And it is from these roots that MANTS began. The primary focus from the beginning was on the exhibitor and attendee relationship… providing a forum for business and the exchange of knowledge. This vision and philosophy for the show has remained front and center for the MANTS Board for over fifty-three years and will undoubtedly continue to be the driving force for years to come."