Northern Green, the green industry education and trade show held Jan. 15 to 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, set the stage for personal and professional growth in 2019.
The event featured a showcase of region-relevant products and services and the connections green industry professionals need to build their businesses. The three-day gathering had more than 350 exhibiting companies, spanned over 198,000 sq. ft. and provided the opportunity for green industry companies to exchange ideas, connect with suppliers, and learn from green industry experts in every field.
"We like to say that Northern Green has everything for the green industry all at one time and all in one place," Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Executive Director Cassie Larson said. "It's the can't-miss event of the year. There's lots of inspiration and fun around every corner on the trade show floor."
Attendees said Northern Green is a fantastic way to start each year as it provides energy, camaraderie, and learning all in a fun atmosphere.
"Northern Green has been a leading conference in our region for 17 years, and we want to ensure it remains a must-attend event for years to come," said MNLA Past President Scott Frampton. "Continuing to offer new elements such as the innovation theater, demonstration of drone technology, safety training, DOT audits, campfire sessions, and even an escape room all reflect our rapidly-changing industry and continued to bring new energy to the event this year."
Next year's event will bring together equipment companies from across the region Jan. 14 through 16, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Northern Green is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF).
For more information, visit www.NorthernGreen.org.
Breiwick Companies Inc., a stump and snow removal, landscaping and lawn care concern in Albertville, Minn., had its whole crew on hand at the show.
Brock Leagjeld, sales representative with Swanston Equipment, Fargo, N.D., stands with company’s Harper steep slope mowing system.
Austin Kaiser (L), compact utility specialist and Wyatt Peiffer territory manager, both of Ditch Witch of Minnesota and Iowa, staff the Ditch Witch booth at Northern Green.
I.R.A.Y. Auction Companies Equipment Sales specialist Don Henry (L) and Jackie Leveille, I.R.A.Y. office support, let attendees know about consigning their equipment for a big construction equipment auction March 8.
Jonathan Nordrum (L), sales manager at Minnesota Equipment, Savage, Minn., greets Dale Shequen, Midwest product representative from Ariens Company, Brillion, Wis.
Garrett Williams (L) and his sister and business partner, Marlena Williams, of G&M Outdoor Services, Monticello, Minn., specialize in landscaping, hardscapes, boulder walls and snow removal.
(L-R): At the Lano Equipment booth are Chris Baker, dealer sales rep of EBY Trailers, Blue Bell, Pa.; Juston Lano, manager of the Lano store in Shakopee, Minn.; and George Beniek, owner of Beniek Property Services, Chanhassen, Minn.
Nate Rabideaux, equipment sales manager at Trenchers Plus, Burnsville, Minn., stands beside the most popular model of the company’s Mecalac line of crawler-skid excavators.
John Rabideaux, store manager of Trenchers Plus, Burnsville, Minn., stands in front of a Finn T-30 HydroSeeder.
Jeff Hippert (L), North Central sales manager of Monroe Truck Equipment, Monroe Wis., and Jim Schneider, national sales manager of Monroe’s truck equipment division, stand in front of the company’s combo medium duty snow removal package with salt spreader and wing plow.