Johnson & Johnson Vision serves the economy, employees, environment – The Florida Times-Union
Company honored by FCMA for 2nd straight year
Johnson & Johnson Vision was recognized by the First Coast Manufacturing Association (FCMA) for the second year in a row during the 2018 FMCA Excellence Awards Ceremony held recently at the University of North Florida.
Last year, the company received an FCMA Workforce Education Award, given to a company that emphasizes initiatives to improve the workforce and enhance the skills of current or potential employees, for offering individualized development plans for each employee and providing each up to $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
This year, Johnson & Johnson Vision was honored by FCMA with a Founder’s Service Award — which recognizes organizations that “exhibit continuing commitment to improving the economy, protecting the environment and advancing workforce education.”
“We feel so honored to be recognized with the Founders’ Service Award in our headquarters community of Jacksonville,” said Angela Sekston, worldwide communications leader for Johnson & Johnson Vision. “While our contact lenses are available in more than 103 countries around the world, Jacksonville, Florida is special as it is home to our global headquarters campus. It’s the hub of innovation for ACUVUE, which is the world’s best-selling contact lens.”
Johnson & Johnson Vision has had a presence in Northeast Florida for 30 years.
“Enhancing the economy, environment and educational outcomes where our employees live and work is both a privilege and priority for us,” Sekston added.
In terms of the company’s economic impact, its ACUVUE contact lens, which became the first disposable soft contact lenses to be mass produced in 1987, are now among the most trusted contact lens brands by eye care professionals the worldwide — with the company manufacturing and distributing about 4.5 billion contact lenses annually, which are used by 50 million consumers today.
According to Sekston, ACUVUE is the best-selling contact lens globally, with that line of the Johnson & Johnson business reporting 12 consecutive quarters of market-leading growth.
“In our recent quarterly earnings reported in October, our contact lens business had grown in the high single digits (just above 9 percent) in worldwide sales year over year,” she said. “We have more than $3 billion in annual sales. Two of our ACUVUE brands, ACUVUE Oasys and ACUVUE Moist, are $1 billion-plus products.”
Over the last three years, Johnson & Johnson Vision has launched at least seven new ACUVUE products, and the company is committed to launch two each year through 2022.
Next year, the company is expected to launch a first-of-its-kind photochromic contact lens. Like photochromic lenses introduced in standard eyewear in the early 1990s, these new contact lenses will automatically adjust to bright light, helping people move between indoor and outdoor environments more easily.
“Our commitment to scientific innovation is high,” said Sekston. “And, as we continue to develop and launch new products, perform well and reinvest in innovation, it’s a win-win-win for our consumers, customers and our global headquarters community of Jacksonville.”
To sustain the company’s growth, the company is in the process of hiring more than 50 new employees in the manufacturing area.
In regard to protecting the environment, the company is actively focused on three areas: climate, waste reduction and protecting natural resources. In meeting its goal of reducing the company’s carbon footprint and driving the use of renewable energy to combat climate change, the solar canopy at its Jacksonville headquarters will eliminate 3,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime (equivalent to sparing the earth 406,000 gallons of gasoline or 8,300 barrels of oil).
Also, energy projects commissioned at its Jacksonville headquarters and its Limerick (Ireland) manufacturing sites combined over the last 12 years have saved more than 36,500 tons of CO2 each year, which is the equivalent of removing 7,800 cars from the road.
When it comes to waste reduction its manufacturing processes, Sekston points out that more than 95 percent of its raw materials are recycled. lso, a 23,000-square-foot building expansion the company completed here in 2014 to increase its production capacity received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification.
Finally, Johnson & Johnson continues to focus on workforce education, a key factor in company growth. To develop the company’s current talent and build for the future, the company offers comprehensive, world-class training to its manufacturing team. The company has hosted several training sessions with FCMA in the past.
The Jacksonville site has been selected as the Center of Excellence for both precision machining and quality control laboratory processes for the Johnson & Johnson enterprise, which means that the local team shares knowledge and expertise across all Johnson & Johnson companies.
The company is also partnering with Florida State College of Jacksonville to bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions in the areas of precision machining and quality control lab processes (with a goal to improve local community capabilities and make the First Coast even more attractive for other manufacturing companies), with heavy investment in STEM to create the skilled workforce needed for the future.
“There is an amazing amount of technology and innovation that goes into contact lenses, so access to top talent is critical … especially so in our manufacturing area in Jacksonville,” Sekston said. “Here, we rely on advanced technicians who can work with robotics, lasers, programmable logic controllers and also perform complex analysis to ultimately deliver a superior contact lens.”
Created in 1989, FCMA’s goal is to eliminate unnecessary barriers to manufacturers, create pathways for a skilled workforce and promote public awareness of manufacturing’s significance. Today, the nonprofit trade association represents more than 300 companies in Northeast Florida. For more information, visit FCMAweb.com.
Learn more about Johnson & Johnson Vision at JJVision.com.
© Gannett Co., Inc. 2021. All rights reserved.
Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK
Choose the plan that’s right for you. Digital access or digital and print delivery.