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B&L to shut plant in Scotland, add jobs in Rochester

In a major downsizing planned to eliminate some 500 jobs in Scotland and add 30 new positions in Rochester, Bausch & Lomb Inc. plans to consolidate all contact lens manufacturing operations here and Waterford, Ireland.

The restructuring plan calls for a two-year phased shutdown of a plant employing 500 workers in Scotland with the closing of the facility in Livingston, Scotland, slated to start in 2010 and wrap up in the early months of 2011, Bausch & Lomb officials said Friday.

Its managers weighed factors including proximity to established research and development resources, total cost savings, global operational efficiencies and future investment potential as its contact lens business grows before deciding to do the consolidation, the company said.

“Considering our growth plans in the coming years, we believe it’s better to focus our resources and attention on just two primary contact lens plants, freeing cash for reinvestment into the business,” Bausch & Lomb chairman and CEO Gerald Ostrov said in a statement. “We recognize the significant impact to our Livingston employees, their families and the community, and note this is by no means a reflection on our employees’ professionalism, dedication or efforts. We will do everything within our ability to ensure that their needs and concerns are listened to with the utmost respect.”

In the consolidation, SofLens disposable lens manufacturing lines are planned to be moved from the Scottish plant to Waterford and Rochester. PureVision SVS lens manufacturing would be relocated from Waterford to Rochester. The Waterford plant is not slated to add workers in the move.

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