Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, operating as Vistakon Ireland, is investing over €100m in expanding its Vistakon Ireland contact lens production facility in Limerick.

The 18-month construction phase at the facility at the National Technology Park in Plassey is expected to create 200 temporary jobs.

Vistakon Ireland was set up in Limerick in 1996 and is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland. Between them the companies employ around 2,500 people.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care produces the Acuvue range of soft disposable contact lenses.

“Limerick was chosen for this strategically important investment because of its track record over many years in providing quality products and excellent customer service to markets around the globe,” said Dr Mark Benson, vice president supply chain, consumer medical devices, Johnson & Johnson. “I would like to acknowledge IDA Ireland which is a key partner for us in our ongoing growth and development.”

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