Alcon, Inc., a leading eye care company headquartered in Switzerland, has announced plans to expand its medical device manufacturing facility in Cabell County, W. Va.
Alcon is currently in the planning and design phase of the project and will spend more than $25 million during the first phase of development. The new 74,000-s.f. building is expected to be fully functional by 2011 and will allow Alcon’s Huntington-area operations to remain the world’s largest intraocular lens (IOL) manufacturing site.
Once completed, the expansion ultimately will provide more than 350 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
The company’s West Virginia manufacturing facility currently produces millions of IOLs and surgical delivery systems annually. The small artificial lenses replace the clouded natural lens after it is removed during cataract surgery, while the delivery systems aid in the surgical procedure.
In an effort to meet the needs of the growing global market in cataract surgery, Alcon has purchased the 21-acre site in Cabell County, with an option to purchase an additional eight acres in the future.