July 28, 2020

SOY Winner ObelisksSea-Dog Line, Star brite® and Gold Eagle are winners of the 2020 National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) Supplier of the Year Awards.

The awards were announced via Zoom at the NMDA Annual Meeting Monday, July 20, 2020.

The Diamond category was won by Sea-Dog Line. The Everett, Washington-based company, is a leading supplier of over 5,500 marine dock, deck and rigging hardware items, 12-volt electrical/lighting and ventilation accessories. Runner-up in this category was Uflex USA.

Star brite®is the winner in the Platinum category. Star brite® is a leading manufacturer of waxes, polishes, cleaners, teak finishes, motor oils, fuel additives and more. Because Star brite® is run by avid boaters who test every item on their own boats, only the latest technology and highest-quality ingredients are used. Runner-up in this category is Polyform US.

Gold Eagle was started in 1932 in a small Chicago storefront and is the winner of the Supplier of the Year Gold category. The original focus of Gold Eagle was on preventing and curing the toughest engine problems. The company has evolved beyond the engine to offer complete protection for all things from cars to boats to recreation equipment. Gold category runner-up is Whitecap Industries.

Special Focus awards in each category were also presented. These awards are scored by adding together the categories that are appropriate and are awarded to the company who scored the highest in each category.

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The wholesale distributor members of NMDA have voted annually since 1972 to recognize their top suppliers for overall excellence in supply chain management, marketing, packaging & shipping and customer service.

NMDA is the leading trade association for US and Canadian marine products distributors. Members include major distributors, many leading product manufacturers and manufacturers’ representatives. For more information visit www.nmdaonline.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 860.767.7898.

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