An Upvalley manufacturing firm tasked with producing protective gear for the military will use $5 million in federal funding to continue updating its nearly 130-year-old facility.
Patrick Stallings, senior director of operations at Gentex Corp.’s headquarters, noted the money will allow the company to implement automation to improve its efficiency and increase capacity.
Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, touted the workforce at Gentex on Wednesday morning while touring the facility.
“It’s your hard work that sells these products,” Cartwright said. “We can never forget that the world is a dangerous place. The funding will help strengthen our country’s national security today and in the future through Gentex’s cutting-edge helmet technology for American fighter pilots and ground soldiers.”