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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Invests $301 Million To Expand Jacksonville, Florida, Production Hub

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. will invest $301 million to expand its facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The company plans to create 100 new jobs. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies and currently employs about 2,000 individuals in Jacksonville.

As part of this project, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care plans to create five new production lines and a tank farm to support new product launches. Additionally, the company plans to establish a division-wide Center of Excellence for 3D printing, and a Center for medical device laboratory test method development and transfer for the Americas.

“At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., we are committed to our customers, our employees and our community. The expansion of our Jacksonville facility will give us additional opportunities to deliver healthy vision to everyone, everywhere, every day and continue to be a vibrant member of the community” said Tim Ryan, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Plant Manager.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “Johnson & Johnson’s continued growth in Florida is another chapter in Florida’s economic resurgence. This facility is at the intersection of two critical industries – manufacturing and biotechnology – and that means families in Jacksonville will have 100 new opportunities for high-wage, high-skill jobs.This is a win for Jacksonville and for Florida.”

Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida President/CEO said, “Florida’s opportunity economy continues to grow thanks to global leading companies like Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and its investments in Florida. Florida’s life sciences sector is among the best in the nation, thanks to our pro-business climate and workforce. We thank Johnson & Johnson Vision Care for their continued commitment to Florida.”

This project was made possible by close partnerships between Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, the City of Jacksonville, JAXUSA and Enterprise Florida.

As part of the project, CareerSource Florida has offered Johnson & Johnson Vision Care performance-based grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training program. Quick Response Training grants are structured to be flexible and responsive to the training needs of new or expanding businesses.

Chris Hart IV, CareerSource Florida CEO/President, said, “It is gratifying to see a global company like Johnson & Johnson Vision Care expand its Florida operations, creating new jobs and offering employee training through Quick Response Training. The company’s commitment to growing here will boost our state’s life sciences industry resulting in significant, new economic opportunities.”

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