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GENTEX RECEIVES AUTOMATIC-DIMMING MIRROR ORDER FOR TOYOTA CAMRY

 ZEELAND, Mich., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX), the Zeeland-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and commercial fire protection products, today announced a recent order to ship its automatic-dimming mirrors to Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. (SET) for installation on the 1994 Toyota Camry. SET is one of only two independent Toyota distributors in the United States, and is the exclusive distributor of Toyota products for five southeastern states.
 Gentex is shipping interior Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) Mirrors to Southeast Toyota for installation as standard equipment on a Silver Anniversary commemorative edition Camry, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of JM Family Enterprises, the parent company of Southeast Toyota. The NVS Mirrors also are available as optional equipment on other 1994 Camry models through Southeast Toyota to any Toyota dealer in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
 "We are very pleased to have established this relationship with Southeast Toyota," said Gentex Executive Vice President Kenneth La Grand. "It provides currently the only avenue through which Gentex NVS Mirrors are available on the Toyota Camry. We're hopeful it will serve as the catalyst to spur other Japanese and U.S. automakers to more broadly offer NVS Mirrors to this segment of the vehicle market."
 La Grand said the order for the Silver Anniversary Edition Camry is valued at approximately $350,000 over a full model year. "In addition, we believe the marketing efforts of Southeast Toyota at the dealer level may achieve significant penetration on the other Camry models sold in the southeastern states."
 Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises and is based in Deerfield Beach, Fla. It is the franchised distributor of Toyota cars, trucks, vans, parts and accessories in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. SET is the world's No. 1 independent automobile distributor, and has been the nation's top Toyota distributorship since 1973.
 Gentex Corporation develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro-optical products: Patented automatic-dimming interior and exterior Night Vision Safety (NVS) Mirrors for the worldwide motor vehicle industry, and an extensive line of fire protection products for commercial applications.
 Gentex was the first company in the world to produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry, and is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry.
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 /CONTACT: Connie Hamblin of Gentex, 616-772-1800/
 (GNTX TOYO)


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