MC Sports Names Pelican International 2014 Hardgoods Vendor of the Year- 2nd Year in a row!


Vincent Bedard

Pelican International Inc.
1000 Place Paul-Kane
Laval, Quebec, Canada
H7C 2T2

MC Sports Names Pelican International 2014 Hardgoods Vendor of the Year- 2nd Year in a row!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. March 15, 2015. Midwest retailer, MC Sports named Pelican International as its 2014 Vendor of the Year, second year in a row.


MC Sports, which operates over 78 stores in seven Midwest states, honors one hardgoods vendor and one soft goods vendor annually with the title of Vendor of the Year. This year, Pelican International, the leading manufacturer in the paddlesports industry, earned the coveted award in the hardgoods division.

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

Dan Winchester, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, MC Sports, presented the award stating, “We look to partner with vendors who possess similar values to us: integrity, passion, aspiration and a drive for excellence. Pelican exemplifies these values and it shows in their performance as a vendor, both in our relationship and in our results."

“We are again honored to receive this award from MC Sports”, said Kelley Woolsey, Director of U.S. Sales, Pelican International. “An incredible accomplishment! 2 years in a row! This is the first time in MC Sports’ history that a vendor has won the award in consecutive years! And with the introduction of our new sales partnership with Greg and Dave Larson as well as the ongoing commitment of Dave Sheehy as our Mid-West Regional Sales Manager, who knows, possibly we can make it 3 in a row! It is a goal of ours for sure. Only time will tell in 2015. We are working as hard as ever to accomplish it one if not more times!”


About MC Sports

Founded in 1946, MC Sports started with one store in Grand Rapids Michigan and today has grown to 78 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.