As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission        , 1995
                           Registration No.                              
                                                                 
                             UNITED STATES
                   SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                         Washington, D.C. 20549
 
                                FORM S-8

          REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
                              GENTEX CORPORATION
             (Exact Name of registrant as specified in its charter)
          Michigan                                    38-2030505
   (State or other jurisdiction of        (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
    incorporation or organization)

     600 N. Centennial St., Zeeland, Michigan               49464
     (Address of Principal Executive Offices)             (Zip Code)

                    Gentex Corporation Qualified Stock Option Plan
                            (Full Title of the Plan)
        Kenneth LaGrand, 600 N. Centennial St., Zeeland, Michigan 49464
                   (Name and address of agent for service)
                             (616) 772-1800
       (Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
                      Copies of Communications to:
                             J. Terry Moran
                 Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & HowlettLLP
                              P.O. Box 352
                    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0352
                            (616) 336-6000



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                      CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE                       
 
                                 Proposed       Proposed
Title of                         Maximum        Maximum
Securities         Amount        Offering       Aggregate        Amount of
To Be              To Be         Price Per      Offering         Registration
Registered         Registered    Share          Price (2)        Fee        
<S>                <C>           <C>            <C>              <C>
Common Stock       1,000,000
($.06 par value)   shares (1)    $23.375 (2)    $23,375,000 (2)  $8,161   
                                                                       

(1) The number of shares of capital Common Stock set forth is the additional
    number of shares available for the grant of stock options under the
    Gentex Corporation Qualified Stock Option Plan.

(2) For the purpose of computing the registration fee only, the price shown
    is based upon the price of $ 23.374 per share, the average of the high and
    low prices for the Common Stock of Gentex Corporation in the NASDAQ
    National Market System on December 18, 1995 in accordance with Rule 457(h).
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Pursuant to Rule 416(a) of the General Rules and Regulations under the
Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement shall cover such
additional securities as may be offered or issued to prevent dilution
resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
 

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              INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT


Item 3.  Incorporation of Documents by Reference

    The Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
December 31, 1994, which has been filed by the Company with the Commission,
is incorporated herein by reference.  All other reports or documents filed
by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") since the end of the fiscal year covered by
the above-mentioned Annual Report on Form 10-K are incorporated herein by
reference.  All other documents subsequently filed by the Company pursuant
to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the
filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities
offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining
unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration
Statement and to be part thereof from the date of filing of such documents.  

    The description of the Company's Common Stock is contained in the
Company's registration statement filed pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange
Act and is incorporated herein by reference, including any subsequent
amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description.

Item 4.  Description of Securities

    The class of securities to be offered is registered under Section 12 of
the Exchange Act.

Item 5.  Interests of Named Experts and Counsel

    Named experts and counsel do not have a substantial interest, direct or
indirect, in the registrant or any of its parents or subsidiaries and were
not connected with the registrant or any of its parents or subsidiaries as
a promoter, managing underwriter (or any principal underwriter), voting
trustee, director, officer, or employee.  The financial statements and
schedules incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement have been
audited by Arthur Andersen LLP, independent public accountants, as indicated
in their reports with respect thereto, and are incorporated herein by
reference, in reliance upon the authority of said firm as experts in giving
said reports.

Item 6.  Indemnification of Directors and Officers

    Directors, officers or employees of the Company or persons serving at
its request as directors, officers or employees of another corporation or
enterprise are entitled to indemnification as provided in the Articles of
Incorporation of the Company, which provide for indemnification to the
fullest extent permitted under the Michigan Business Corporation Act.  In
addition, all of the directors of the Company are entitled to indemnification
under separate indemnification agreements between the Company and such
directors, the form of which was approved by the shareholders of the Company.
These provisions are broad enough to permit indemnification of such persons
for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933.  

Item 7.  Exemption from Registration Claimed

    Not applicable.

Item 8.  Exhibits

    Reference is made to the Exhibit Index which appears on Page S-4.


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Item 9.  Undertakings

    The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

    (1)  To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made,
a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

         (i)  To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the
              Securities Act of 1933;

        (ii)  To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after
              the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most
              recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually
              or in the aggregate, represents a fundamental change in the
              information set forth in the Registration Statement;

       (iii)  To include any material information with respect to the plan
              of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration
              Statement or any material change to such information in the
              Registration Statement; provided, however, that paragraphs
              (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not apply if information required to be
              included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is
              contained in periodic reports filed by the registrant pursuant
              to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act
              of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the Registration
              Statement.

    (2)  That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the
Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to
be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein,
and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the
initial bona fide offering thereof.

    (3)  To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment
any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination
of the offering.

    The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of
determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of
the registrant's annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing
of an employee benefit plan's annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in
the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement
relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such
securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering
thereof.

    Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities
Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers, and controlling persons
of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the
registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and
Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as
expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.  In the event that
a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment
by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or
controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action,
suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling
person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant
will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by
controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the
question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as
expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such
issue.


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                            SIGNATURES

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant
certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the
requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused the Registration 
Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly
authorized, in the City of Grand Rapids, State of Michigan, on the 10th day
of November, 1995.

                        GENTEX CORPORATION


                        By   /s/ Fred Bauer 
                             Fred Bauer, Chairman and
                             Chief Executive Officer

                        By   /s/ Enoch Jen
                             Enoch Jen, Vice President, Finance and
                             Principal Financial Officer and
                             Accounting Officer


                         POWER OF ATTORNEY

    KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears
below constitutes and appoints Kenneth LaGrand and Enoch Jen, and each of
them, his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of
substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead,
in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-
effective amendments) to this Registration Statement and to file the same,
with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with
the Securities and Exchange Commission and any other regulatory authority,
granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agent, full power and authority to
do and perform each and every act and thing required and necessary to be
done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he
might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said
attorney-in-fact and agent, or his substitute, may lawfully do or cause to
be done by virtue hereof.

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this
Registration Statement has been signed below on November 10, 1995, by the
following persons in the capacities indicated.
                                              
                                  
/s/ Fred Bauer                              /s/ Kenneth LaGrand
Fred Bauer, Director, Chairman              Kenneth LaGrand, Director
and Chief Executive Officer            
(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/ Ted Thompson                            /s/ Mickey E. Fouts
Ted Thompson, Director                      Mickey E. Fouts, Director


/s/ Leo L. Weber                            /s/ Arlyn Lanting
Leo L. Weber, Director                      Arlyn Lanting, Director


/s/ John Mulder                             /s/ Dr. Harlan J. Byker
John Mulder, Director                       Dr. Harlan J. Byker  


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                                EXHIBIT INDEX

    The following exhibits are filed as part of this Registration Statement:

Exhibit  
  No.         Description                                            Page

5         Opinion of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP        S-5

23(a)     Consent of Arthur Andersen LLP                             S-6

23(b)     Consent of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP -
          (included in Exhibit 5)

24        Power of Attorney (included on Page S-3 hereof)

99        Gentex Corporation Qualified Stock Option Plan, 
          as amended and restated                                    S-7


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                           December 21, 1995



Gentex Corporation
600 North Centennial Street
Zeeland, MI  49464

Gentlemen:

    With respect to the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the "Registration
Statement") filed by Gentex Corporation, a Michigan corporation (the
"Company"), with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the purpose of
registering under the Securities Act of 1933 one million (1,000,000) shares
of its common stock, par value $.06 per share, to be issued pursuant to the
Company's Qualified Stock Option Plan (the "Plan") as amended and restated,
we have examined such documents and questions of law as we consider necessary
or appropriate for the purpose of giving this opinion.

    On the basis of such examination, we advise you, that in our opinion, the
one million (1,000,000) shares covered by the Registration Statement, upon
the granting of options at the price described in the Registration Statement,
but in no event for less than the par value thereof and upon delivery of such
shares and payment therefor in accordance with the terms stated in the Plan
and the Registration Statement, will be duly and validly authorized, issued
and outstanding, and will be fully paid and non-assessable.

    We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the
Registration Statement.  In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that
we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section
7 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, or under the rules and
regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                        Very truly yours,


                        /s/ J. Terry Moran
                        J. Terry Moran 

JTM/caw


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                 CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS


    As independent public accountants, we hereby consent to the incorporation
by reference in the Registration Statement of our report dated January 24, 1995
included in Gentex Corporation's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1994,
and to all references to our firm included in this Registration Statement.




                                             /s/ Arthur Anderson LLP
                                             ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP



Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 12, 1995.

                          EXHIBIT 23(a)


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                                GENTEX CORPORATION
                           QUALIFIED STOCK OPTION PLAN
               (As Amended and Restated, Effective May 11, 1995)


    1.   Purpose.  The purpose of this Plan is to provide an opportunity for
certain employees of Gentex Corporation and its subsidiaries to purchase
shares of capital stock of the Corporation and thereby have an additional
incentive to contribute to the prosperity of the Corporation.

    2.   Definitions.  The following terms are defined for use herein as
follows:

         a.   "Board" means the Board of Directors of Gentex Corporation.

         b.   "Common Stock" means the common stock (par value $.06 per share) 
of Gentex Corporation.

         c.   "Committee" means the committee appointed pursuant to Paragraph 4
to administer the Plan.

         d.   "Corporation" means Gentex Corporation and any subsidiary
corporation where Gentex Corporation owns fifty percent (50%) or more of the
combined voting power of all outstanding securities within the meaning of the
applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

         e.   "Effective Date" means the effective date of this Amended and 
Restated Plan, May 11, 1995.

         f.   "Market Value" means the closing sale price of Common Stock 
reported in the NASDAQ National Market for the day on which the particular
option is granted, or, if prices of shares of Common Stock are not so
 published for that date, then a fair market value determined by the
Committee by any reasonable method selected by it in good faith.

         g.   "Optionee" means any employee to whom an option has been granted
under the Plan.

         h.   "Option Agreement" means an agreement evidencing options as
provided in Paragraph 7 of the Plan.

         i.   "Plan" means this Qualified Stock Option Plan of the Corporation
as in effect from time to time.

         j.   "Option Price" means the purchase price for Common Stock under
an option, as determined under Paragraph 7 of this Plan.

    3.   Shares.

         a.   The total number of shares of the Common Stock which may be sold
    under the Plan shall not exceed 2,250,000 shares, except that the total
    number of shares which may be sold under the Plan may be increased to the
    extent of adjustments authorized by Paragraph 10.  Such shares shall be
    authorized shares and may be either unissued shares or treasury shares.

                              EXHIBIT 99


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         b.   If an option granted under the Plan shall expire or terminate
    for any reason without having been exercised in full, the shares not
    delivered under such option shall be available for options subsequently
    granted.

    4.   Administration.

         a.   The Plan shall be administered by a Committee appointed by the
    Board, which shall consist of three (3) or more members.  All members of
    the Committee shall be directors who are "disinterested persons" within
    the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange
    Commission.  Except as provided in Paragraph 7 f., the Committee shall
    determine the employees to be granted options, the amount of stock to be
    optioned to each employee, and the terms of the options to be granted.
    The Committee shall have full power and authority to interpret the
    provisions of the Plan, to supervise the administration of the Plan
    and to adopt forms and procedures for the    administration of the
    Plan.  All determinations made by the Committee shall be final and
    conclusive.

         b.   The granting of any option pursuant to this Plan shall be entirely
    within the discretion of the Committee.  Nothing herein contained shall
    be construed to give any officer or employee any right to participate
    under this Plan.

         c.   Each person who is or shall have been a member of the Committee
    shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Corporation from and
    against any cost, liability or expense imposed or incurred in connection   
    with such person's or the Committee's taking or failing to take any
    action under the Plan.  Each such person may rely on information furnished
    in connection with the Plan's administration by any appropriate person or
    persons.

    5.   Eligibility.  Only employees of the Corporation shall be eligible
to participate in the Plan.  The Committee shall determine whether or not an
individual is eligible to participate in the Plan.  An employee who has been
granted an option under this Plan or any other stock option plan of the
Corporation may be granted additional options.

    6.   Exercise Price.  The per share exercise price of each option granted
under the Plan shall be at least one hundred percent (100%) of the Market
Value of a share of Common Stock; provided, however, any option granted to a
participant possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined
voting power of all classes of stock of Gentex Corporation shall be at an
Option Price not less than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the market value
of a share of Common Stock and shall not be exercisable after the expiration
of five years from the date the option is granted.

    7.    Terms of Options.  Each option shall be evidenced by a written
agreement containing such terms and conditions as are set by the Board or
the Committee, including without limitation the following:

         a.   Number of Shares.  Each Option Agreement shall state the number
    of shares to which it pertains. 
    
         b.   Exercise Price.  Each Option Agreement shall state the exercise
    price.

         c.   Medium and Time of Payment.  The exercise price for each share
    purchased pursuant to an option granted under the Plan shall be payable
    in full upon exercise, and may be paid in cash or, in full or in part,
    by the surrender of Common Stock owned by the Optionee valued at fair
    market value or by the surrender of Option rights hereunder that are then
    exercisable, valued at the difference between the Option Price and the
    fair market value of the underlying Common Stock.  Promptly after the
    exercise of an Option and the payment of the full Option Price, the
    Optionee shall be entitled to the issuance of a stock certificate
    evidencing ownership of such Common Stock.  However, an Optionee shall
    have none of the rights of a shareholder until a certificate for those
    Shares is issued to the Optionee, and no adjustment will be made for
    dividends or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date
    such stock certificate is issued, except as provided in Paragraph 10 of
    this Plan.


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         d.   Term and Exercise of Options.  Each option shall be exercisable
    in whole or in part in such amounts and at or after such dates as may be
    specified in the option agreement.  In no event, however, shall any
    option be exercisable less than one (1) year from the date of grant.

         e.   Administrative Discretion.  The Committee may in its discretion
    vary, among employees and among options granted to the same employee, any
    and all of the terms and conditions of options granted under the Plan,
    including the term during which and the amounts in which and dates at or
    after which such options may be exercised.

         f.   Special C.E.O. Terms.  Notwithstanding any other provision of
    this Plan to the contrary, the current chief executive officer of Gentex
    Corporation shall receive, as of the date this Plan is approved by the
    Board, and annually thereafter as of the time his compensation is reviewed
    by the Committee, an option for 15,000 shares of Common Stock, and no
    other options may be granted to that individual under this Plan.  These
    options shall become exercisable for twenty percent (20%) of the shares
    on the first anniversary of the grant date and for an additional twenty
    percent (20%) on each anniversary thereafter, and all unexercised options
    shall expire on the seventh anniversary date of the grant.  

    8.   Transferability of Options and Common Stock.  Options under this
Plan may not be transferred except by will or according to the laws of
descent and distribution.  During the lifetime of the Optionee, an option
may be exercised only by the Optionee or his guardian or legal representative.
After an Optionee's death, options that were exercisable at the date of
death may be exercised at any time within one year after the date of death,
subject to prior expiration, by the executor or administrator of the
Optionee's estate, any person(s) who acquired the option directly from the
Optionee by bequest or inheritance, or any person designated specifically
in a written designation signed by the Optionee and filed with the Committee
prior to the date of death.  The Corporation may, in the event it deems the
same desirable to assure compliance with applicable federal and state
securities laws, legend any certificate representing shares issued pursuant
to the exercise of an option with an appropriate restrictive legend, and may
also issue appropriate stop transfer instructions to its transfer agent with
respect to such shares.

    9.   Termination of Options.  Each option agreement shall contain such
provisions as the Committee may deem advisable for termination of the option
in the event of, and/or exercise of the option after the Optionee's death,
disability, or termination of employment by the Corporation.  No option may
be exercised more than three (3) months after the termination of the
Optionee's employment by the Corporation, nor more than twelve (12) months
after the Optionee shall have died or become disabled, without the specific
approval of the Committee.

    Option agreements may also contain, in the discretion of the Committee,
provisions for termination of options and/or acceleration of exercise rights
in the event of any merger or consolidation of the Corporation with, or
acquisition of the Corporation or substantially all of its assets by, any
other corporation or entity.

    Nothing in the Plan or in any option shall limit or affect in any way the
right of the Corporation to terminate an Optionee's employment at any time
nor be deemed to confer upon any Optionee any right to continue in the employ
of the Corporation.

    10.  Adjustment Provision.  If the number of shares of Common Stock
outstanding changes by reason of a stock dividend, stock split,
recapitalization, merger, consolidation, split-up, combination or exchange
of shares, the aggregate number and class of shares available under this
Plan and the number of shares subject to each outstanding option, together
with the option prices, shall be appropriately adjusted by the Board or
Committee to prevent dilution of the interests of Optionees and of the Plan.

    11.  Effective Date of Plan, Termination and Amendment.  The May 18, 1995
Plan Restatement shall take effect only upon and as of the date of approval
of the Plan by the Corporation's stockholders.  Unless earlier terminated by
the Board, the Plan shall terminate on the date ten (10) years subsequent to
the date of the adoption of the Plan Restatement by the Board, after which
date no options may be granted under this Plan.  The Board may terminate the
Plan at any time, or may from time to time amend the Plan as it deems proper
and in the best interest of the Corporation, provided that no such amendment
may (a) alter the aggregate number of shares that may be issued under the
Plan, (b) decrease the price at which options may be granted, or (c) modify
the eligibility requirements set forth in Paragraph 5.


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                                    CERTIFICATION

    The foregoing Plan Restatement was duly adopted by the Board of Directors
on the 12th day of August, 1994, subject to the approval of the Company's
shareholders.


                                    /s/ CONNIE HAMBLIN                      
                                    Connie Hamblin, Secretary
                                    Gentex Corporation


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