Gentex Names Hollars Senior Vice President -

International Zeeland, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - Gentex Corporation (Nasdaq: GNTX) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer today announced the appointment of James A. Hollars to the position of Senior Vice President - International. Gentex, based in Zeeland, Michigan, is a leading manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and commercial fire protection products. Hollars comes to Gentex with nearly 35 years of automotive experience, beginning at Chrysler Corporation followed by 26 years with Lear Corporation, including six years in Germany. His career at Lear included a number of senior positions. Most recently, he was Group Vice President of the Premium Car Interiors Group, with responsibility for all activities with Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Porsche. "We are quite pleased to have Jim on the Gentex team," said Bauer. "He will report to me and will focus principally on European operations. "We believe that he will be a significant asset to the Company as we aggressively market our products around the world." Hollars graduated cum laude from Wayne State University, and received his MBA from Michigan State University. He served for two years in the U.S. Army. Hollars and his wife, Ellen, have two sons. 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 customers include Audi, Bentley, BMW, Daewoo, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Gulf States Toyota, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia Motors, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Southeast Toyota Distributors and Toyota. Founded in 1974, Gentex operates out of three facilities in Zeeland, Michigan; an automotive sales office in Livonia, Michigan; automotive sales and engineering subsidiaries in Germany and Japan; and five 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. ots Original Text Service: Gentex Corporation Internet: Contact: Connie Hamblin of Gentex (USA) 616-772-1800 Company News On-Call: or fax, (USA) 800- 758-5804, ext. 354175 Web site:

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