With the arrival of 2013, Charlottetown, PEI-based Mermaid Marine Products will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The company first opened its doors in 1973 as a small diesel engine and transmission shop, and has grown into a national distributor of marine products operating from a computerized facility. At its outset, Mermaid Marine Products only had two staff members, but today employs 23.
In recognition of the milestone, the company will be giving away a $20,000 grand prize to one of its dealers. The winning dealer will have its choice of either a Harley Davidson motorcycle, car or camper trailer. "We'd like to reward our customers, some of whom have been doing business with us for 40 years,' explains Patrick Villeneuve, Mermaid Marine Products' President, who has been with the company since 1983. "There will also be other prizes presented throughout the year such as iPads, gift cards and other items.'
Dealers earn ballots for the contest each time they place an order with the company. There will be additional opportunities to earn extra ballots at Mermaid's October 18 dealer show through contest specials. Mermaid will also draw the grand prizewinner at the event.