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Auto supplier wins Supplier of the Year award from GM

March 15, 2016
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GM Supplier of the Year award
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An auto supplier in the region has been honored by General Motors for both its innovation and work as a supplier.

Zeeland-based Gentex Corporation said that it was named a 2015 Supplier of the Year and received an inaugural GM Innovation award during GM’s 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony last week.

It is the 17th time Gentex has been named a Supplier of the Year by GM.

Supplier innovation

Gentex was one of five suppliers recognized by GM for its innovations to benefit consumers.

It was recognized for its new full-display mirror, an intelligent rearview system that uses a backward-facing camera and mirror-integrated video display to optimize the rearward view.

Gentex’s full-display mirror functions as both a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror and as a clear, bright LCD display at the flip of a switch.

"We're incredibly honored to receive one of the first-ever GM Innovation awards," said Steve Downing, SVP and CFO, Gentex.

Downing added that Gentex’s full-display mirror is “the first commercially viable, NHTSA-approved display mirror.”

“It's quickly becoming the industry benchmark for enhanced rear vision, and we're proud to have worked with GM to bring it to market," Downing said.

Supplier of the Year

GM recognized 110 of its best suppliers from 17 countries, the most honored since the automaker debuted the awards in 1992.

The honor goes to companies that consistently exceed GM’s expectations, create outstanding value or introduce new expectations to the company.

"We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers," said Steve Kiefer, VP of global purchasing and supply chain, GM

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