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1977—Communication Systems

L. Peter Frieder, Jr.,
Assumes Presidency of 
Gentex in 1972

In 1972, Gentex lost its leader of more than 30 years when Leonard P. Frieder, Sr. passed away, leaving his son L. Peter Frieder, Jr. to assume the presidency. Under the direction of the younger L. Peter Frieder, Jr., the company continued to grow and diversify. In 1977, Gentex bought JMR Systems Corporation and its capability to produce low-noise, high clarity microphones for use in helmets and other applications. Originally located in Derry, New Hampshire, the electro-acoustic division of Gentex was then relocated to a larger facility in Manchester, NH, in 2006. The division continues to produce electret microphones and has expanded its product line to include boom assemblies, vehicle intercom systems and electronic sensing equipment.