Vistakon Inc.,, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, based in Jacksonville, is the largest manufacturer of Acuvue brand contact lenses. In 2013, Vistakon expanded its existing Jacksonville facility in order to manufacture its latest generation of Acuvue Brand Contact Lenses.

Working with JAXUSA Partnership, Vistakon gained City Council approval for an incentives package. The company manufactures product both here and in Limerick, Ireland, but Jacksonville beat out Ireland for the expansion. 

The $218 million expansion will boost Vistakon to almost 2,000 employees and close to 800,000 square feet of space. The new jobs will pay an average wage of $65,000 plus benefits.

5/1/13