Gator Guards, an American family manufacturer of marine protection accessories will be attending the world’s largest B2B marine equipment show, METSTRADE in Amsterdam, November 19-21 for the 7th year in a row. You’ll be able to find the Owners, Sue & Scott Smith in the USA pavilion at stand 12.401 and attending the annual NMMA Cocktail Party.
Coming along with them will be the inaugural International Boat Industry “Export Excellence Award” gained at this previous years IBEX show. Exemplary growth in international markets showed the judges that international trade is alive and well for small businesses who are up to the challenge. Ed Slack, IBI Editor, was impressed with the results. “The judges praised, in particular, the dedication and commitment of Gator Guards’ small team. "Ultimately the judges felt they highlighted the fact that it’s possible to be the best, no matter what your size," said Slack. Through various support programs available through the NMMA and METS, the Gator Guards brand continues to grow and protect boats around the globe.
“Roughly four years ago we made our move into the international marketplace in response to growing customer interest in protecting their watercraft” “Our focus over the past three years on education, repeated visits, samples and product testing has won the trust and respect of our current international distributors. We are finally seeing brand recognition of our marine protection products and positive sales growth from these efforts,” says Sue Smith, President of Gator Guards.
You can learn how to best protect your marine investments by meeting with us at the annual NMMA Cocktail Party. You are invited to the U.S.A. Pavilion Cocktail Party next Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00pm to network with nearly 90 leading domestic manufacturers and exporters while enjoying cocktails and small bites.
Managed by the NMMA the cocktail party will take place in The Holland Restaurant right next to the USA pavilion in Hall 12. Click here for full details. A business card is required to enter.
We’ll see you there!
Behind the Company
The Smith family initially developed the flagship product, KeelShield®, in 1994. Becoming an industry staple in protecting hulls from beaching hazards. Since then the line has grown to protect skegs, non-skid material, paddle sports and more. All the while keeping production 100% made in the USA based out of rural Farmington, IL going on 25 years. The latest growth is fueled by the proprietary Gator Shield Polyurea Coatings – which provides OEM manufacturers an extremely efficient and durable coatings solution that speeds up the assembly process, improves fit & finish, and decreases costs. To learn more call us (888) 594-5335