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VISTAKON bringing 100 more jobs to Jacksonville, Florida

3:19 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- VISTAKON Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. will bring more than 100 jobs to the Jacksonville area.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the company is expanding production and refurbishing the existing lines for the ACUVUE brand. Adding the jobs will bring a capital investment of $218 million during the next three years, according to a Florida Governor press release.

Governor Scott said, "Our work to create the best business environment in the nation is making a difference. Last spring, we eliminated burdensome taxes on manufacturers. Now, VISTAKON can re-invest their money into the community by creating jobs for Florida families. It's Working in Florida."

The State of Florida has awarded Capital Investment Tax Credit incentives to Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. for this expansion project. The project was pet together through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the City of Jacksonville, JAXUSA, Workforce Florida, Inc., Department of Revenue and Department of Economic Opportunity.

"We welcome this expansion project for VISTAKON in Northeast Florida and look forward to continued growth in the health and life sciences industry. We worked closely with our partners at Enterprise Florida and the City of Jacksonville to complete this project," said Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA Partnership president. "Our economy is moving in a positive direction. We have enjoyed numerous announcements this year involving job creation and capital investment."

Tim Ryan, VISTAKON plant manager, said, "We are very excited about the potential to expand in Jacksonville, which is where we started this business 26 years ago. We're looking forward to continued growth and success, and we appreciate the Governor visiting our plant twice to highlight the sales tax cut on manufacturing equipment."

VISTAKON is a member of the Johnson & Johnson family companies and currently employs about 1,800 individuals in Jacksonville.

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