ST. LOUIS – The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) has announced the recipients of its Dealer’s Choice Award and Gold Level service awards for 2015. The awards are presented annually to manufacturers who receive exemplary ratings in 12 operational categories addressed in NAEDA’s Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey.

Recipients of the 2015 Dealer’s Choice Award are John Deere (full-line manufacturer); LS Tractor (tractor manufacturer); Vermeer (shortline manufacturer); and Grasshopper (outdoor power equipment manufacturer.

“The Dealer’s Choice Award recognizes manufacturers that are doing an exceptional job of providing top-quality products, parts, service, and support to the industry,” says Blaine Bingham, NAEDA chair. “These companies are to be complemented on their efforts to excel and assist dealers in key areas of our business operations.”

Companies recognized for Gold Level service are: Outdoor power equipment manufacturers Echo, Exmark, Ferris, Scag, Shindawiwa, Stihl and Toro; tractor manufacturers Branson Tractor, Kubota Tractor, Kioti Tractor; and shortline manufacturers Great Plains, Kuhn, Landoll, Landpride, MacDon, and Woods. Dixie Chopper is the recipient of the 2015 Most Improved award for attaining the greatest percentage of improvement in overall ratings from 2014.

”The NAEDA Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey is one of the most important services the association provides its members and the industry,” notes Gail Halderman, chair of NAEDA’s member services committee. “This year’s survey experienced a significant increase in dealer input as we received more than 6,000 manufacturer ratings. We are extremely pleased with the level of participation and proud of the benefit this survey provides.”