NMDA and Distributors

The National Marine Distributors Association is the leading trade association for U.S. and Canadian marine products distributors. Members include major distributors, many leading product manufacturers and manufacturer representatives.

Marketing firm celebrates 25th anniversary

Cressy Marketing is celebrating its 25th year as a manufacturers’ representative in the marine and RV industries. Founded in 1986 with no product lines, Ray Cressy went to the IMTEC show in Chicago to introduce himself to the industry. Today, Cressy Marketing, based in Mishawaka, Ind., represents 21 companies in the Great Lakes region. Jim…more

Wexco Industries names sale rep

William F. Miller & Associates announced a new sales partnership with Wexco Industries. “We have had the distinct opportunity to work previously with George H. Pollok of Wexco Industries. Under his leadership, I am confident Wexco, teamed with William F. Miller & Associates, can dominate the marine windshield wiper market in short order,” Joe Miller,…more

PW Brands joins marine OEM market

PW Brands is expanding into the marine OEM market, the company announced. “Having established itself as a successful manufacturer of towers, board racks, speakers, light bars and tower accessories, center console T-tops and boat covers, the company is well-positioned to provide OEMs with an unmatched collection of products backed by a fully staffed customer service…more

Medart Marine opens Alabama office

Medart Marine announced it has a new location in Mobile, Ala. The new facility is 35,000 square feet of finished offices and warehouse on 14 acres. The operation will house nine local Medart associates supporting five territory managers that have accounts in the northern Gulf Coast region. “After being rocked by Hurricane Katrina, shortly after…more

Tipton Design adds Southeast sales rep

Tipton Design and Engineering, specializing in the design, engineering and manufacture of products for the marine, energy and home products industries, partnered with Survey and Mapping Inc. to represent Tipton in the marine industry for the Southeast region, the company announced. “Chad Goodwin, the founder and CEO of Survey and Mapping Inc., has been a…more

RivetKing brand offered in Japan

Industrial Rivet & Fastener Co., a global manufacturer, distributor and importer of rivets and fasteners, opened a distribution and service center in Japan. “The decision to promote the RivetKing brand in the Japanese marketplace made perfect sense,” RivetKing Japan sales manager Takahiro Ouchi said in a statement. “Their reputation for service and quality control are…more

NMDA survey shows optimism for 2012

Most members of the National Marine Distributors Association said they expect 2012 to be an up year for marine accessory sales, compared with 2011, according to the group’s annual State of the Industry survey. The results show that 78 percent say next year will improve upon the current year. Twenty-two percent say sales should be…more

NMDA hands out distributor awards

Sea-Dog Line and ProMariner were named the 2011 National Marine Distributors Association’s Suppliers of the Year. The awards were announced this week at the group’s annual Sales, Training, Education & Purchasing Conference in Rosemont, Ill. Sea-Dog Line won for the seventh consecutive year in the platinum category. The Everett, Wash.-based company is a supplier of…more

Newport Vessels adds Southeast sales rep

Newport Vessels, a builder of inflatable boats and marine accessories, signed GSW & Associates as its sales representative for the Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas markets. “We are very excited to work with such a well-respected organization in GSW to help expand our product into…more

Dehco forms aftermarket division

Dehco Inc., parent company of TriStar Distributing and Cast Products, suppliers of RV, marine, spa and manufactured housing parts, launched a new division called Recreation Nation. Based at Dehco’s Eugene, Ore., branch, Recreation Nation provides aftermarket dealers and customers in those markets with parts, equipment and accessories previously available only to OEMs. Dehco brought in…more

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