Luxottica Closes Canadian Optical Lab, Reduces Staff in Cincinnati Optical Village

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada—Yesterday, Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) closed its optical lab here, where the facility had finished lenses for LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Sears Optical locations in Canada, a company spokesperson told VMail. A total of “207 people were affected by this closure,” according to a spokesperson for the province of Manitoba.

In a separate decision, Luxottica also reduced staffing levels in its Cincinnati Optical Village facility. However, Luxottica would not divulge how many jobs were eliminated there. “As a general practice, Luxottica does not disclose numbers regarding affected associates. In Cincinnati, the reduction is a result of a reorganization there,” the Luxottica spokesperson told VMail.

Regarding the closure in Canada and staff reduction in Cincinnati, the company released the following statement: “Luxottica’s commitment to providing great customer experiences includes bringing the newest lens manufacturing technologies to in-store labs and operating innovative manufacturing facilities. Luxottica regularly reviews in-store labs and manufacturing facilities to drive efficiency and maximize resources across its manufacturing network.

"As a result of the most recent review, Luxottica has made the difficult decision to close its Winnipeg manufacturing facility in Canada on May 29, 2014. In addition, Luxottica has made the separate decision to reduce the staffing levels in the Cincinnati Optical Village facility. Luxottica is providing support programs to help impacted employees through this transition. The Canadian production will continue through our partner distribution facility in Toronto, as well as U.S. facilities.”

In 2006, Luxottica acquired Winnipeg-based King Optical Group’s 74 Shoppers Optical locations throughout Canada and converted them to Pearle Vision stores. Luxottica paid approximately 47 million Euros (about $60 million U.S.) for the acquisition, as originally reported June 19, 2006, by VMail.