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RV News Exclusive: Northern Wholesale Wraps Up Largest Show Ever

Fri Jan 13, 2017

The Northern Wholesale Distributor's Show ended its largest show in its 30-year history Thursday night.

As the employees took down the banners and archways, the tables and chairs, the dealers continued their networking and fun at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, Minnesota, about 50 miles southeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The show attracted close to 600 people, easily the largest show the distributor has ever done.

Of that 600, there included 126 vendor booths on the show floor, whereas last year had 119. The show had about 148 dealers show up to the event, compared to 125 last year, according to Show Manager Steve Johnson.

"This is our 11th time here (at Treasure Island)," Johnson says. "They keep expanding with us."

The show floor is 30,000 square feet and the hotel and casino have another wing that is being built on the end, which will add more to the indoor water park and a few hundred more hotel rooms, estimated to be finished by next year's show.

The attendees spent Wednesday morning and afternoon choosing from a variety of seminars put on by suppliers throughout the industry. Some of the presenters included Progress Mfg., KING, Lippert Components, PullRite and Demco, among many others.

"This show goes way beyond the money factor," Johnson says. "It's a great place to learn and build relationships."

Thursday night was capped with an award for best new product that was given to Lippert Components for its new Jack-It, a double bike carrier which installs over the tongue jack on the A-frame of the trailer.

As dealers and Northern Wholesale personnel head home, Johnson and his team will start to plan for next year within the month.

The goal is to exceed this year's record-setting year. Again.