General Motors Names Gentex a 2000 Supplier of the Year

  ZEELAND, Mich., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentex Corporation 
(Nasdaq: GNTX), the world's leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview 
mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, has been named a General Motors 
Supplier of the Year.  The award was presented this past weekend at a ceremony 
in Washington, D.C.  
Gentex is a five-time recipient of the prestigious award, which recognizes 
the Company's superior performance, quality, service, technology and pricing.  
Gentex supplies GM with Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) Mirrors, which 
automatically darken to reduce glare from the headlamps of vehicles 
approaching from the rear.  The brighter the glare, the darker the mirrors 
become, making nighttime driving safer.  
"This is a special honor, because the products we provide to General 
Motors are becoming more and more complex," said Gentex Executive Vice 
President Kenneth La Grand.  "Our mirrors are really reflective electronic 
modules containing LED map lamps, compass and temperature displays -- even the 
interface for the OnStar(R) telematics system.  It's exciting to know that 
despite the increase in the complexity of our products, we've been able to 
maintain our quality and performance."  
"Gentex represents the best of the best and has set an example during the 
past year for other companies to follow," said Bo Andersson, executive in 
charge, GM Worldwide Purchasing.  "It is a role model and it is an honor to 
work with a company so committed to supporting our priorities for quality, 
successful launches and a balance between current and future business."  
The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. 
Award winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, 
engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier 
performance in quality, service, technology and price.  This year, General 
Motors honored 156 suppliers from 20 countries for their excellence throughout 
2000.  
Gentex Corporation is an international company that provides high-quality 
products to the worldwide automotive industry and North American fire 
protection market.  The Company develops, manufactures and markets proprietary 
electro-optic products, including interior and exterior electrochromic, 
automatic-dimming Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) automotive rearview mirrors 
that dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle 
headlamps, and an extensive line of fire protection products for commercial 
applications.  
Gentex was the first company in the world to successfully develop and 
produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry. 
The Company is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide 
automotive industry.  Gentex OEM customers include Audi, Bentley, BMW, Daewoo, 
DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia Motors, 
Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Toyota.  Gentex 
aftermarket/distributor customers include Gulf States Toyota Distributors, 
Mito Corporation, Southeast Toyota Distributors, Subaru Distributors NE and 
Toyota Motor Sales USA.  
Founded in 1974, Gentex operates out of four facilities in Zeeland, 
Michigan; an automotive sales office in Livonia, Michigan; automotive sales 
and engineering subsidiaries in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and France; 
and four regional U.S. sales offices for the Fire Protection Products Group. 
The Company is recognized for its quality products, its application of world 
class manufacturing principles, for its commitment to developing and 
maintaining a highly skilled workforce, and for encouraging employee ownership 
of the Company's stock.  
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SOURCE  Gentex Corporation  
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/CONTACT:  Financial Media and Investors: Connie Hamblin, 616-772-1800, or 
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CO:  Gentex Corporation; General Motors Corporation 
ST:  Michigan, District of Columbia 
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-0- Apr/30/2001 18:33 GMT
 
 
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