Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. recently said it will create 100 new jobs to supplement the existing 2,000 positions at its Jacksonville, Florida facility, due to expansion supported in part by local business partnering relationships.
Enabled by partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, the City of Jacksonville and JAXUSA, the company will create five new production lines, a product-support tank farm, a 3D printing center and a laboratory for medical device test method development.
“Our Jacksonville facility will give us additional opportunities to deliver healthy vision to everyone, everywhere, every day,” plant manager Tim Ryan said.
Florida, ranked second in the nation for FDA-registered medical device manufacturing facilities, boasts more than 1,100 such businesses in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical industries.
“Johnson & Johnson Vision Care chose Florida for this expansion out of any other place in the country,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “Florida’s business-friendly environment makes it easier for companies to grow and thrive.”
CareerSource Florida has offered the firm performance-based grants for employee training through its Quick Response Training program.
“It is gratifying to see a global company like Johnson & Johnson Vision Care expand its Florida operations…, CareerSource CEO and President Chris Hart IV said. "The company’s commitment to growing here will boost our state’s life sciences industry resulting in significant, new economic opportunities.”
The business produces leading vision products including ACUVUE, the world’s first disposable soft contact lens.
“In the last three years, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has invested more than half a billion dollars to expand its state-of the-art campus and manufacturing facility,” John Delaney, JAX Chamber chair and University of North Florida president, said. “We look forward to the continued growth of this company and our health and life sciences industry as a whole.”