Brevard County’s SeaDek Named Small Business National Exporter of the Year
By Space Coast Daily // December 11, 2018
has manufacturing operations in Rockledge and Cocoa
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County’s SeaDek Marine Products, a manufacturer of innovative non-skid products for the marine industry, is the recipient of the SBA 2018 Small Business National Exporter of the Year award.
The announcement was made by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
SeaDek has manufacturing operations in Rockledge and Cocoa and produces 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.
In 2014, SeaDek became an employee-owned company with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan.
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 percent increase in overall sales over the last three years.
Their exports jumped from less than 3 percent to nearly 10 percent 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.
Additionally, senior leaders from SeaDek traveled to Washington D.C. during National Small Business Week to be recognized for their accomplishments.
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