Michigan Manufacturers Recognize Gentex for Statewide Innovation Excellence

The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is proud to announce Zeeland-based Gentex Corporation as the 2018 recipient of the MFG Innovation Excellence Award. The MFG Innovation Excellence Award is given to a company that not only has brought an innovative concept to market but has developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life. Gentex will receive the award during the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards on November 8 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Gentex was selected by an independent panel of judges for its game-changing technology including its automatic-dimming rearview mirror and other significant advances for the automotive sector.

“Over the years, Gentex has integrated more than 100 different features in the mirror — turning what many would see as a simple mirror into a strategic piece of technology,” says Chuck Hadden, MMA president & CEO. “The development and delivery of these features has improved driver safety, provided OEMs additional revenue streams and created thousands of jobs in West Michigan. Gentex should be commended for not just innovating new products, but for innovating new techniques and processes.”

The MFG Excellence Awards is a one-of-a-kind gala event promoting manufacturing’s most inspiring people, companies and products as well as the inspiring stories which have made Michigan the global hub for the industry. Now in its second year, the inaugural MFG Excellence Awards received the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Diamond Award recognizing it as the top association event in Michigan.

In addition to presenting Gentex with the MFG Innovation Excellence Award, the MFG Excellence Awards will also present awards for Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Leader, Community Impact, Talent Champion and the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — an industry staple since 1981. The winner of the “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award will also be presented following a months-long social media voting process hosted by MLive.

For more information on the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards, contact MMA’s Sarah Martin at 517-487-8521 or

This release was originally promoted on 10/18/18.

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