Alcon announces $97M expansion in Johns Creek

Project is part of lens maker’s plan for production growth



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal was on hand to cut the ribbon Nov. 9 for a $97 million expansion of Alcon, Johns Creek’s leading eye care manufacturing company and a division of Novartis.

This is the third phase of a multiyear project to expand Alcon’s production capacity.

“Since beginning our growth project four years ago, Alcon has invested nearly $600 million, created several hundred new jobs,” said Shay Foley, general manager of Alcon Johns Creek Manufacturing and Technology Operations.

“This expansion will increase our production of contact lenses. Johns Creek is the home for Alcon’s DAILIES line of contact lenses,” Alcon Communications Director Amy Leger said.

These ultra-thin contacts are used once and then disposed of – hence the name DAILIES.

This expansion will increase the production capacity for this particular line and is in response to the growing global demand for the lenses.

 “Alcon’s expansion in Johns Creek reflects Georgia’s commitment to providing industry leaders with the best resources to compete worldwide,” Deal said in an announcement for the project.

“Alcon already has a significant economic footprint in Johns Creek, and with this expansion, the company is deepening its investment in our top-ranked business climate,” he said.

The company has created 550 jobs in the city since 2013. With the expansion of the facility, Alcon will phase in between 50 and 100 new high-tech manufacturing jobs.

“We are proud of Alcon’s success and appreciate the company’s commitment to creating jobs and investing in the Johns Creek community,” Deal said.

Alcon has expanded the size of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility by more than 70,000 square feet and added new production lines that leverage cutting-edge technology.

“This next phase of our investment reflects the increased demand for our DAILIES brand of contact lenses, as well as the strong partnerships we have built with the Johns Creek community, Fulton County and Georgia officials,” Foley said.

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said he and the City Council are pleased that Alcon has once again decided to expand its operations in the city.

“We are especially impressed that they chose Johns Creek for this expansion over locations in two countries outside the U.S.,” the mayor said.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Bob Ellis also weighed in on the expansion news.

“Alcon’s continuous commitment to add state-of-the-art technology and related jobs to the city is a testament to the partnership we have developed over the past decade,” Ellis said.

The reinvestment in Fulton County by an internationally recognized company like Alcon speaks to Fulton County’s pro-business climate, Ellis said.

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