The president of the New Jersey Sanitary Supply Association (NJSSA) Supply Line 2008 Trade Show says that attendance at the biennial show earlier this month was impacted by the slowing economy and gas prices.

Fred Schimanski, president of CleanSmart/Select Wholesalers and NJSSA president, also states that attendance was steadier than past shows and better on the second day.

The show featured 162 exhibitors in 188 booths including 30 new companies. The show drew 858 distributors and cleaning professionals compared to 1,017 in 2006 with 1,353 total attendees versus 1,580 in ’06.

Supply Line 2008 brought leading suppliers of jan/san products together with distributors and end-user professionals, May 7 and 8 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Highlights of the show included a very successful Golf Outing, the President’s Reception at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa where Hank Josephs of Spruce Industries received the 2008 Bob Stader Award, as well as three seminars that focused on green product procurement, selling skills and CEO strategies.

Educational sessions included “Profit is Not a Dirty Word” an interactive session, presented by Rick Johnson, that focused corporate leaders and managers on getting the most from their employees by creating an environment that maximizes their energy and time. “Stairway to Successful Selling,” with Maurice Dixon gave distributing companies sales training for new employees and current sales team. “Environmentally Preferred Procurement Strategies…How to Establish Standards for Green Products and Services,” with Dave Frank and co-sponsored by IEHA, provided participants with the latest information on sustainable procurement and on how cleaning professionals can use their purchasing power to improve the environment and their balance sheet.

The next Supply Line will take place May 5 & 6, 2010 in Atlantic City. For more information on participating in Supply Line as an exhibitor or buyer/attendee visit or call Pat Koziol, NJSSA executive director, at (973) 283-1400.