Entrepreneur Earns Industry Award

November 6, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Jim Scarlett, president of Scarlett Machinery, a Grand Rapids-based supplier of industrial woodworking machinery, will be honored with the 2003 Midwest Expo WHO Award when the DeVos Place convention center opens on Dec. 4.

The oodworkers elping thers (WHO) award is to recognize Scarlett’s many years of dedication to various local charities.

The award will be presented during the Midwest Industrial Woodworking Expo, scheduled for Dec. 4-5. On behalf of Scarlett, TSI Expos, the event organizers, will donate $2,000 to the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.

In addition to owning Scarlett Machinery, Scarlett is the co-founder and first president of the regional chapter of the Down Syndrome Association. His community commitment and other charitable endeavors make him a worthy choice for the WHO award, according to Tricia Eidson of TSI Expos. To date, TSI Expos has made over a dozen contributions to charities in cities where it manages trade shows.

“It is always amazing to hear about the good done by people in our industry. It’s great to know that there are so many community-minded, caring individuals who donate their time and money to help others,” said Eidson. “The WHO award is the least we can do to honor them.”

The WHO Award presentation will take place at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Meeting Room G&F at DeVos Place.

The Midwest Industrial Woodworking Expo will feature machinery, software, and supplies from more than 600 exhibitors. The show targets woodworking professionals from small, custom shops up to high-output manufacturing operations.

TSI Expos has been hosting the Midwest Expo in Grand Rapids since 1987, helping it become one of the largest trade shows held in the industry.    

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