Shaheen visits Gentex, sees prototype of military headphones
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, left, meets with executives from Gentex Corp. in Manchester on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Shaheen was in Manchester to discuss the need to promote trade policies that benefit New Hampshire businesses, like Gentex Electro-Acoustic Products Corp. She met with officials and toured the Brown Avenue facility.
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Shaheen said she heard from New Hampshire business owners concerned about how it affected their lines of credit and questioning whether they could count on government contracts.
Gentex officials seemed to agree. The company also makes highly sensitive microphones to attach to pilot's and soldiers' helmets, at other plants.
Gentex spent two years developing the new headphones. They perform much like the human ear, but automatically shut down to protect a wearer's hearing from damaging sounds like a mortar shell. The headphones were developed and made at the Manchester plant, and officials believe the new product will triple the company's growth in the next five years.
Gentex is one of 70 companies in the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, formed about nine months ago by the N.H. International Trade Resource Center. Gentex acts as a mentor for other companies,
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