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Trade Show Traffic Strong During Northern Green Expo

Thu January 19, 2012 - Midwest Edition
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Drew Stillwell (L), vice president of sales & marketing of Blackstone Hardscape Inc., Burnsville, Minn., goes over the features of this Volvo MCT 135 track machine with Nuss Group Regional Sales Manager Jim Soderbeck.
Drew Stillwell (L), vice president of sales & marketing of Blackstone Hardscape Inc., Burnsville, Minn., goes over the features of this Volvo MCT 135 track machine with Nuss Group Regional Sales Manager Jim Soderbeck.
Drew Stillwell (L), vice president of sales & marketing of Blackstone Hardscape Inc., Burnsville, Minn., goes over the features of this Volvo MCT 135 track machine with Nuss Group Regional Sales Manager Jim Soderbeck. (L-R): Ziegler CAT Territory Manager Tony Thooft greets Jose Rocha Sr., grounds crew, and Mechanical Engineer Kim Huebscher of the Somerset Country Club, Somerset, Wis., at the Ziegler CAT Booth. Ken Koshatka (L), district development manager of the Manitou Group, discusses the features of the Mustang 2100 RT Turbo with Top Notch Equipment President Dave Nordgaard of Plymouth, Minn. (L-R): From Fury Motors, a St. Paul, Minn., Dodge commercial truck dealer, Keith Babin, sales and leasing, and Dick Reineck, fleet and commercial manager, speak with Business Link Field Representative Rich Robson of Loveland, Colo., about trucks, like thi Scharber & Sons’ Dan Scharber (L) spends some time talking about John Deere equipment, including this John Deere 825i 4x4 XUV with tracks, with Jon Nordrum of MN Equipment Solutions, both of Rogers, Minn. The Kubota booth had the Kubota “A” team on hand. (L-R) are Dan Beissel, Mark Niebur, and Ed Niebur of Niebur Tractor & Equipment, Hastings Minn.; Mike Tangeman of Lano Equipment Inc., Anoka Minn.; Tyler Olson of Olson Power, North Branch, Min (L-R): Gary Lano of Lano Equipment Inc., Anoka, Minn., got to spend some time with fellow Lano Equipment Inc. employees Mike Tangeman, Randy Barto and Randy Eckstein, and tell potential customers about some great Bobcat equipment, including this S750. (L-R): From the great Minnesota city of Waconia, Eric Anderson of Superior Lawn & Landscape stops to talk with Tim Williams of RDO Sales & Service, Burnsville, Minn., and Randy Notka of RDO Sauk Rapids, Minn., about this Vermeer BC1000 XL chipper. Jack Semingson of Allstate Peterbilt’s Eau Claire, Wis., location was ready to tell attendees about Allstate Peterbilt’s multiple locations and the many trucks available to meet any contractor’s equipment or fleet needs.

The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) held the Northern Green Expo Jan. 4 to 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event, which gets a great deal of help from “Platinum Supporter” Ziegler CAT, continues to draw more than 7,000 attendees each year.

According to MNLA Executive Director Bob Fitch, trade show traffic was the strongest it has been in several years and nearly every education session was standing room only.

“While we all know that the economy has a lot of recovery yet to come, there definitely was an uptick in attitude among contractors based upon improved business in 2011 and anticipated growth in 2012,” Fitch said.

The next Northern Green Expo is scheduled for Jan. 9 to 11, 2013, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Exhibit information is available at www.NorthernGreenExpo.org.