Alcon Laboratories hails third expansion
ATLANTA — Alcon Laboratories plans to invest $250 million to expand its contact lens manufacturing facility in Atlanta. The project will create about 250 jobs in engineering and production.
Alcon’s 850,000-square-foot operation in Johns Creek currently employs about 1,700 people. Alcon also manufactures contact lenses in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany. The Atlanta facility is the company’s largest.
Swiss healthcare company Novartis owns Alcon. The company is one of the largest private employers in Johns Creek. The campus was owned by Ciba Vision. Alcon merged with Ciba Vision in 2011. Alcon has invested $500 million and added more than 550 jobs with two major expansions at the facility since the merger.
“Our site’s recent growth is a reflection of our innovation and continued growth in the contact lens industry, as well as the many benefits that operating in the state of Georgia provides,” said Alcon Atlanta Manufacturing general manager Rob Meyers. “A variety of state, county and city leaders and organizations have contributed to our growth, which has played a key role in our decisions to continue to invest in our Johns Creek location.”
“Alcon’s global reach and cutting-edge innovation make it the leader in the eye care industry,” said Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker. “We are very happy with their decision to expand in Johns Creek and we believe that not only are they a perfect fit for our diverse city, but they also serve as a great example of what makes our business community exceptional.”
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle