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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.                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here          SOURCE  Gentex Corporation  /CONTACT:  Financial Media and Investors: Connie Hamblin, 616-772-1800, or  General Media: Craig Piersma, 616-772-1800, both of Gentex Corporation/   /Company News On-Call: or fax,  800-758-5804, ext. 354175/   /Web site: /   (GNTX)   CO:  Gentex Corporation; General Motors Corporation  ST:  Michigan, District of Columbia  IN:  AUT  SU:  AWD  
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