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More Than 8,000 Attend ONLA’s CENTS Marketplace Event

The annual event has averaged an attendance of more than 8,000 industry professionals from Ohio and surrounding states.

Fri January 30, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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(L-R): Matt Borland and Jayson Marshall of Hy-Tek JCB join Steve Huml and Kevin Ray of Burns JCB at the JCB equipment exhibit to go over their lineup.
(L-R): Matt Borland and Jayson Marshall of Hy-Tek JCB join Steve Huml and Kevin Ray of Burns JCB at the JCB equipment exhibit to go over their lineup.
(L-R): Matt Borland and Jayson Marshall of Hy-Tek JCB join Steve Huml and Kevin Ray of Burns JCB at the JCB equipment exhibit to go over their lineup. (L-R): John Tucker of Finn Corporation gets an assist from Highway Equipment Company’s Jim Langer and Matt Jacobs on their line of HydroSeeders and material blowers. Adam Brush (L) and Lenny Garrard Jr. of Bobcat Enterprises talk about their lineup of Bobcat and Doosan machines. Brian Speelman (L) and Brian Gillard of Ohio CAT had a variety of Caterpillar machines on display to speak about with attendees. George Gillespie of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service was on hand to discuss compliance issues. George Jones (L) of Vermeer Heartland and Rick Clements of Vermeer Sales & Service showcase their S725TX mini-skid steer. Doug Collins of Lawn Sprinklers (L) and  Steve Campbell (R) of Essential Landscaping & Irrigation speak with Franklin Equipment’s Brett Tanzillo about the dealership’s New Holland and Wacker Neuson equipment lineup. Lyle Drake and Krissi Kleine of Murphy Tractor and Equipment had a number of the latest John Deere machines on hand for attendees to get familiar with. (L-R): Michelle Kopecky, Samantha Gehl, and Tim Schuh of Ariens Company were on hand to present their recently launched job site vehicle (JSV), the Atlas.

The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) held its annual CENTS (Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show) Marketplace trade show and conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 7 through 9.

New for 2015, ONLA partnered with John Deere Landscapes, co-locating two green industry programs on Jan. 6. Contractors, landscape architects and designers, and crew leaders had the choice to attend CENTS Marketplace & University workshops on irrigation, dry-laid stone or ecological design, or John Deere Landscapes University’s program which featured classes on business management, lawn and turf, irrigation, lighting and electrical, and pest and disease control. The show agenda offered a variety of technical training and business instruction sessions, many of which provided attendees with continuing education credits

The annual event has averaged an attendance of more than 8,000 industry professionals from Ohio and surrounding states who come to learn about emerging trends and the latest developments in nursery and landscape technologies and equipment and network with other professionals in the field. A large attraction to the show was the latest equipment, product and services presented by more than 350 exhibitors located within 216,000 sq. ft. of exhibitor space.

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association is a non-profit association serving the interests of contractors, arborists, maintenance firms, nursery stock growers and suppliers to Ohio’s nursery and landscape industry. Headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, the association encourages the education and sharing of ideas among its membership through educational sessions and certification programs as well as networking events and legislative advocacy.




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