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.

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

W.M. Black to represent TiptonDE in Midwest

Tipton Design and Engineering, specializing in designing, engineering and manufacturing products for the marine, energy and home products industries, partnered with W.M. Black and Co. to represent TiptonDE in the marine industry for the Midwest territory. For more than 18 years W.M. Black has represented marine equipment brands in the Midwest. W.M. Black will help…more

Jamestown Distributors debuts mobile website

In an effort to be more accessible to the boating community, Jamestown Distributors launched a mobile version of its website. “People are increasingly using mobile devices to access the Internet, and the Jamestown mobile website will enable boaters to research our online catalog and technical information when it’s most convenient for them — whether that…more

Vetus/Maxwell names U.S. sales rep

Vetus/Maxwell selected ComMar to handle all of its Eastern U.S. market representation. The two companies have worked together for more than two decades, with ComMar handling Vetus’ northeast U.S. territory exclusively for the past 10 years. ComMar will now represent the Vetus and Maxwell brands in the New England, Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Gulf regions.…more

Marine Design Resource Alliance schedules conference

The Marine Design Resource Alliance will introduce its new members at its upcoming Creative Conference, set for April 3-5 at the Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Ga. The alliance is a non-profit organization made up of suppliers to the marine industry. They promote the industry in ways such as offering scholarships to design schools worldwide…more

Bob’s Machine Shop names sales rep

Bob’s Machine Shop appointed the Haimes Coleman Group as its exclusive sales representative for Missouri, Arkansas and the eastern United States. Tampa, Fla.-based Bob’s Machine Shop builds and markets jackplates and other marine products for performance boaters and anglers. “The Haimes Coleman Group has an excellent reputation in the marine industry and the technical expertise…more

Caravelle names Southern sales rep

Caravelle Powerboats, part of Sak Marine, announced that JBG Corp. was named manufacturer’s representative for the Mid-South region. Kelly Harber of JBG will help develop, support and assist marine dealers in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. “Kelly’s 46 years in the marine industry make him a true asset to Caravelle Powerboats,” said Eugene Sak, president of…more

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