Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Jacksonville is home to several manufacturers making products that one may not expect to find in the area. Here's a few.
Vistakon Inc. manufactures the popular contact lens brand Acuvue (which is owned by Johnson & Johnson). Vistakon was the first manufacturer of soft contact lenses and the company began in Jacksonville in 1950. During that time, it was known as the Frontier Contact Lens Company and was owned by optometrist Seymour Marco. Marco is the one who sold the company to Johnson & Johnson in 1981.
After becoming Vistakon, the company got a patent for a proprietary manufacturing process call a stabilized soft molding. This set the stage for one of the biggest launches in vision care—contact lenses; specifically, Acuvue.
Vistakon Inc. also owns Vistakon pharmaceuticals, which manufactures prescription eye drops. They can be found at 7500 Centurion Pkwy #100.
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