Governor Cuomo Announces Bausch + Lomb Health Will Expand Contact Lens Manufacturing Facilities in Rochester

Company Will Increase Manufacturing Capacity at North Goodman Street Facility; Expansion Will Help Storied Company Create 100 New Jobs

November 13, 2018

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Bausch + Lomb, a global eye health company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bausch Health Companies Inc., will grow its contact lens manufacturing business in the City of Rochester, Monroe County-a move that will allow the company to create 100 new jobs in the region. Parent company Bausch Health currently employs more than 1,000 people at its North Goodman site in Rochester. The project will include an expansion of the existing facility as well as the addition of production lines which will support the manufacture of the company's disposable silicone hydrogel daily wear contact lenses, helping to drive the long-term, future growth of the company. The expansion project is expected to get underway later this year and is expected to be completed in 2022. The company is also expanding its operations in Waterford, Ireland.

"This expansion will ensure Bausch + Lomb remains a major economic driver for Monroe County and the surrounding communities and continues providing quality jobs for hard-working New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "By supporting the company's own investments in the region, we are once again demonstrating the Empire State's commitment to fostering growth and moving the Finger Lakes forward."

To assist with the expansion project, Empire State Development is providing Bausch Health with up to $3 million through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Monroe County, Rochester Gas & Electric, New York State Electric and Gas and Greater Rochester Enterprise offered incentives and help to move this project forward.

Read the full press release here.