Gentex Corp., a Zeeland, Mich.-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and commercial fire protection products, announced the appointment of Mark Newton as vice president of purchasing and photonics. Newton brings over 22 years of manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing experience in optoelectronics and automotive lighting to the company. "Mark and his group were instrumental in the development of the recently announced Gentex rear-camera display mirror," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and CEO Fred Bauer. Newton joined Gentex in 2004 after working as a Gentex optoelectronics supplier for six years. He began his career in 1984 with a startup company that invented an infrared touch computer interface and has served in manufacturing engineering and management positions in Illinois and Texas.