ANLA and OFA form joint venture

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WASHINGTON — OFA — The Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association announce the formation of a joint venture, initially focusing on business education and government relations activities. ANLA President Bob Lyons, Sunleaf Nursery (OH), states, “The industry is facing significant opportunities and challenges that require its national trade associations to respond as never before. OFA and ANLA have decided to join forces to expand the capacity of the organizations to better support our members and the industry.”

OFA President Mike McCabe, McCabe’s Greenhouse and Floral (IN) adds, “ANLA and OFA members will have access to the best of both organizations. OFA brings technical and business development education, industry marketing and a major, international trade show. ANLA represents our industry in Washington, DC, interprets major industry trends and offers owner/senior management education.”

Asked if this was a merger, McCabe replies, “We’re going to work together on lobbying and education first. In several years, if both organizations see the joint venture as a value to our members, our intention is to form a new organization serving the horticulture industry. We need to walk before we run.” Lyons adds, “But for now, there will still be two associations, OFA and ANLA. We will have two staffs, two offices and two leadership structures. Think of this like the many breeding and marketing partnerships that have been created in our industry. Each of the partners grows stronger, but remains an independent business, while their customers benefit from the collaboration.”

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