With one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, there’s finally some good news for Michigan.  On Tuesday, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) awarded nearly two-point-five million-dollars in tax breaks and incentives to Gentex Corporation in Ottawa County.  That means more than 1100 jobs will be created over the next five years, and the company is looking to fill at least 200 of those positions immediately. 

Gentex, known for driver assistance electronics like automatic dimming rear view mirrors, and backup cameras, is not only investing in technology, but in the future of West Michigan

“Our company plans on investing $160 million in new facilities and equipment over the next 5 years,” says Senior Vice President, Enoch Jen.   

Gentex currently sells its products to every major automobile manufacturer in the world, and chose its Michigan location for the expansion over their site in Alabama

Jen adds that the company is committed to growth in the area.  “We feel that West Michigan has a very productive labor force, and it’s a great community to raise families.”

Holland Charter Township Manager is pleased with the decision.  “The economy has been difficult for a number of years,” says Don Komejan.  “The timing for this project is good because definitely there are folks that are still looking for employment or improvement in the type of job that they have."

Gentex announced plans to aggressively expand operations at their main location in Zeeland, as well as their fairly new plant in Holland Charter Township.

“These type of improvement and expansions are phased and it takes a while to amp up, but the impact of immediate job fairs and the opportunity for folks to be potentially hired on the spot is exciting,” says Komejan

And the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down. 

“We focus on new products and new technology that consumers want and are willing to pay for,” explains Jen. 

Consumer may be willing to pay for some of these new accessories, but soon, they may not have a choice.   In 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Kids Transportation Act making it mandatory for every new vehicle sold in the U.S. to have backup cameras by 2014.

And Gentex is cashing in.  Jen says they expect the backup camera division to grow more than 40-percent in 2011. 

They also have high hopes for their new aircraft division delivering automatic dimming windows for the new 787 Dreamliner. 


Gentex Job Fair:

Thursday, August 25

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel in Holland

The company is looking to fill more than 100 hourly positions and more than 100 salary technical positions immediately. 

Click here for more specific job openings and requirements.