SMEGA recognizes Jerry French

Published 5:52pm Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance (SMEGA) presented their “President’s Individual Award” to Jerry French, president of French Paper Company Aug. 17.

Tom Grant, vice-president of SMEGA presented the award to French as recognition of his lifelong personal commitment and dedication to supporting economic development and his community.

“Jerry’s leadership of his company and support of community economic development sets a high standard for us to follow,” Grant said.

French Paper Company is celebrating their 140th anniversary this year and has been recognized as the oldest family-owned and operated business in Niles and in the state of Michigan. In addition to leading the company, French has been involved in numerous boards and organizations for many years, providing positive support for Niles.

“We are proud to have such a strong partner and friend guiding economic development efforts through active participation and by example of how to get things done,” said Shelley Klug, executive director of SMEGA.

The Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance has provided economic development support to communities in southern Berrien County since 1982. Every year the organization recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership and dedication to furthering economic growth in Southwest Michigan.

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