FENTON, Mo. — The North American Equipment Dealers Assn. (NAEDA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Gold Level and Most Improved awards.

The NAEDA Gold Level status and most improved recipients are determined from results of dealer evaluation data collected from the association's annual Dealer Manufacturer Relations Survey. The survey asks dealers to evaluate the companies whose products they sell in key areas correlated to a dealer's operational model.

The companies achieving 2014 Gold Level status are: Kioti Tractor, Landpride, H & S Manufacturing, Woods, Grasshopper, Stihl, ECHO, Ariens and Shindaiwa.

The Gold Level award recognizes those manufacturers who have achieved exceptionally high dealer rating levels as part of NAEDA's Manufacturer recognition program.

The recipient of the 2014 Most Improved award is: McCormick Tractor.

McCormick attained the greatest percentage of improvement in overall ratings from 2013 ratings in the NAEDA Dealer Manufacturer Relations Survey.

NAEDA congratulates these recipients and compliments all manufacturers in recognizing the importance of the dealer-manufacturer relationship from the dealers’ perspective.


NAEDA is one of the longest running trade associations in North America. It is affiliated with 15 state, regional and provincial associations made up of member dealers in their area; 14 of the associations are in the United States, one in Canada. Each association acts as an autonomous unit within the area it serves. Together, NAEDA and its affiliates provide a wealth of services to approximately 5,000 equipment dealers in the two countries.