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Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, manufacturer of premium marine steering wheels, wipers, horns and related accessories for OEM and aftermarket, has posted year-over-year double-digit sales growth for its European warehouse. The growth is attributed to increased volume through distribution and the expansion of strategic OEM partnerships. Tim Schmitt, president, made the announcement.

Established in 2013, the warehouse in Dronten, the Netherlands enables Schmitt & Ongaro to respond to European customer needs quicker and at lower shipping costs than if coming from the US, especially on smaller orders. This has been particularly advantageous the past two years in combatting logistics backlogs the industry has seen. Additionally, the centralized location provides its rep group International Manufacturers Direct Sales the opportunity to promote products to its OEM customers that are seen regularly on iconic North American boat brands.

“Our brand promise of quality, innovation and value has really resonated within the European market,” said Watson “Roby” Holland, VP of sales and marketing. “These standards of excellence are something that boatbuilders can relate to as they choose premium components for their vessels.” OEMs and distributors interested in Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, including its CE-certified items, should contact sales@schmittsteering.com.


In 2012 Schmitt & Ongaro Marine celebrated its 50th anniversary, and one year later, the company recognizes another milestone. It’s now the fifth anniversary of Schmitt’s acquisition of Ongaro Marine, a move which helped create more than 50% sales growth since 2010, to now record levels

Schmitt debuted its first stainless steel steering wheel at the 1962 New York City Boat Show. The company has since positioned itself as a leading marine accessories manufacturer. Acquiring Ongaro Marine in 2008 further broadened its product line, which is designed, developed and tested in the US. Ongaro Marine was founded in 1996 and known for its stainless steel electric horns, windshield wipers, and control arms.

Schmitt & Ongaro backs its products with some of the strongest warranties in the business, including a lifetime warranty on all its stainless steel wheels. “Through every stage of growth, our customer service and dedication to quality have remained unwavering,” said company president Tim Schmitt. “We are committed to developing and manufacturing innovative products of the highest quality, increasing boating and fishing enjoyment for everyone.”