Pelican named vendor of the year

MC Sports Names Pelican International 2013 Hardgoods Vendor of the Year

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. March 14, 2014.  Midwest retailer, MC Sports recently named Pelican International as its 2013 Vendor of the Year.

MC Sports, which operates over 74 stores in seven Midwest states, honors one hard goods vendor and one soft goods vendor annually with the title of Vendor of the Year. This year, Pelican International, a leading manufacturer in the paddlesports industry, earned the coveted award in the hardgoods division.

The selection criteria included annual sales and margin performance, inventory turns and return on investment.

Dan Winchester, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, MC Sports, presented the award stating, “This company works tirelessly to provide MC Sports the differentiation needed to grow our business and maintain our margins, affording us the ability to offer our customers authentic equipment at a great value. This company routinely responds to our needs on short notice. They help us deliver on “wow”.”

 “We are honored to receive this award from MC Sports”, said Kelley Woolsey, Director of U.S. Sales, Pelican International. “Our focus has been on providing the best possible partnership with our dealers. This recognition validates the efforts we have made. Dave Sheehy, our Midwest Regional Sales Manager and his regional representative, Brian Bane, have done an outstanding job.”

About MC Sports

Founded in 1946, MC Sports started with one store in Grand Rapids Michigan and today has grown to 74 stores in seven states throughout the Midwest.

What sets MC Sports apart from other retailers is its commitment to quality sports gear and its support of the communities where it does business. Every MC Sports store gives back to their community through team sponsorships, fund raising programs, team and group discounts, and a long-standing commitment to the Children’s Miracle Network.

As one of the few remaining privately held sporting goods chains, MC Sports is truly a unique retailer. Built on a foundation of Service, Family, Convenience, Community, and Integrity, MC Sports is committed to offering quality, top-name sports gear at competitive prices.

About Pelican International


Pelican International, the number one manufacturer of plastic boats in the world, is proud of its 45-year commitment to promoting the enjoyment of the great outdoors and making water sports fun and accessible for outdoor enthusiasts of every age, skill level and budget.

The company is equally committed to protecting the environment and minimizing its ecological footprint. Its plant, located in Laval, Quebec, recycles 99.5% of the excess material produced in its manufacturing processes and is equipped with specially designed ducts that redirect heated air from their moulding ovens to heat the facility in the winter. Pelican also cares deeply about its customers and advises all boaters, regardless of skill level, to wear a coast guard-approved personal flotation device at all times when on or near the water.