SeaDek wins national award

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SeaDek Marine Products, manufacturer of nonskid surfaces for the marine industry, has been named the Small Business Association 2018 Small Business National Exporter of the Year. The announcement was made last week by the SBA.

SeaDek has developed an international certified fabricator and installer network and added markets in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. This contributed to a 170 percent increase in overall sales the past three years. Exports also increased from less than 3 percent to nearly 10 percent over the same time period.

“This was a collaborative effort,” said Jason Gardner, vice president of marketing and advertising at SeaDek in a statement. “From the executive team down to the production floor, we could have never realized the success that we have without the unified vision and drive or our entire staff.”

The company was nominated by the Small Business Development at the University of Central Florida, which provided international trade consulting services and an export marketing plan in 2016.

At the end of the month, senior leaders from SeaDek will travel to Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week to accept the award.