CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Plans Upgrades and Expansion at Manufacturing Facilities in Arizona and Quebec

SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare said this week that it plans to make investments in its Gilbert, Ariz., and Sherbrooke, Quebec, manufacturing facilities. The moves are in response to the growing adoption of the company’s specialty contact lenses by eyecare professionals, the announcement noted. The Gilbert site—in suburban Phoenix—currently produces Paragon CRT contact lenses and materials. The group’s ambitious expansion plans will grow the facility to more than 45,000 square feet by 2025, with a refurbished shipping and warehouse center, and a substantially larger specialty lens manufacturing floor.

The Sherbrooke facility—located southeast of Montreal—mainly produces Blanchard Onefit and Onefit MED scleral contact lenses. Accommodating increased volume demands from the Americas and other global markets, the site will benefit from several upgrades such as expanded advanced lathing technologies and renovated laboratory space, the announcement noted.

Additionally, the group is undertaking a refurbishment and production expansion of its Netherlands facility to meet growing demand in Europe and China for its range of lenses.

“Extending our partnerships with the eyecare community also insists that we regularly invest in our infrastructure, especially given upward demand,” Juan Carlos Aragón, president, Specialty Eye Care at CooperVision, said in the announcement. “We look forward to providing our employees and customers with the many benefits afforded by these improvements.”

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare develops, manufacturers, and provides access to a portfolio of soft custom and rigid gas permeable lens designs, including orthokeratology and scleral lenses to address segments such as myopia management, irregular cornea management and presbyopia management.

The group’s brands include Blanchard, GP Specialists, Paragon, Procornea and Soflex.