B&L: Consolidate Worldwide CL Manufacturing into Plants in Ireland and Upstate New York

October 01, 2009 Posted by B&L


Bausch & Lomb will consolidate its worldwide contact lens manufacturing into two existing facilities, one in Rochester and one in Waterford, Ireland. The company plans a “phased withdrawal” from its CL production facility in Livingston, Scotland, beginning next year and ending in early 2011, affecting about 500 employees there
The B&L SofLens daily disposable contact lenses currently made at the Livingston plant will be moved to Waterford—which already makes this product—and Rochester, In conjunction with that move, production of the company’s PureVision SVS lenses will move from Waterford to join existing PureVision lines at the Rochester plant.
A B&L announcement said the company “has taken multiple measures to ensure uninterrupted supplies of all products to eyecare professionals and consumers.”
Gerry Ostrov, B&L’s chairman and CEO, said, “Considering our growth plans in the coming years, we believe it’s better to focus our resources and attention on just two primary contact lens plants.” Ostrov said the production shifts will produce long-term savings of “hundreds of millions of dollars,” while better positioning the company “to more rapidly grow production volumes as we increase professional and consumer CL demand worldwide.”

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