Company to be recognized during Small Business Week in Washington D.C.
Rockledge, FL, April 6, 2018—SeaDek Marine Products, manufacturer of innovative non-skid products for the marine industry, is proud to be the recipient of the SBA 2018 Small Business National Exporter of the Year award. The announcement was made last week by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Thanks to the strategic development of their international Certified Fabricator and Installer network, the company has successfully developed markets in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, and South America, which directly contributed to a 170% increase in overall sales over the last three years. Their exports jumped from less than 3% to nearly 10% over the same time period.
“This was a collaborative effort,” said Jason Gardner, VP of Marketing and Advertising at SeaDek. “From the executive team down to the production floor, we could never have realized the success that we have without the unified vision and drive of our entire staff.”
The company was nominated by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, who 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 be recognized for their accomplishments.
About SeaDek Marine Products
SeaDek manufactures a wide range of PE/EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders, aftermarket customers, and dealers. In addition to custom products, SeaDek offers an extensive line of retail items, including DIY sheet material, anti-fatigue helm station pads, coaming bolsters, and more. As a safe and comfortable alternative to molded-in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available, SeaDek provides exceptional traction and aesthetically pleasing stylistic options. Made from UV protected non-absorbent PE/EVA foam, SeaDek utilizes an acrylic-based 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive for a lasting bond and simple peel-and-stick application. In 2014, SeaDek became an employee owned company with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan. With a wide array of colors, textures, and thicknesses available, there is a place for SeaDek on every boat. Learn more at https://www.seadek.com.
About the SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.