HEBRON, Ky.—Zeiss Vision Care announced today that it has moved its U.S. corporate headquarters from San Diego, Calif. to join the company’s existing operations in Hebron, Ky., within the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. This move coincides with the unveiling of Zeiss’ updated, paperless laboratory, which recently completed construction at the Hebron facility. By co-locating its U.S. corporate headquarters and its main prescription lab in the U.S., Zeiss is centralizing its operations. Zeiss has operated the Kentucky facility since 2001, and currently employs close to 400 people at this location.
San Diego-based Zeiss employees will continue to work remotely, the company said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in our growth and further expanding our presence in the Hebron community,” said Jens Boy, president of Zeiss Vision Care U.S. “We are proud of our excellent team and will continue to invest into our new HQ location.”
The renovation of the Hebron facility is the culmination of a multi-year project to update the company’s state-of-the-art optical laboratory in Hebron. With an approximate investment of $20 million, the modernized facility has implemented Industry 4.0 manufacturing concepts, using automation, robotics and big-data machine learning that will enable the production of premium Zeiss lenses in the fastest time possible, the company said.
Using the latest and proprietary technology in the surfacing, hard-coating, AR-coating and edging/assembly of prescription lenses, the laboratory produces premium Zeiss products with the least amount to manual lens handling (improving lens quality), laser-engraved coding (increasing traceability, and accurate processing), fast robotized manufacturing control (quicker turn-time for customers), and the first truly paperless production (greener and waste-reducing).
“The improvements we have made within our optical laboratory are based on our 175-year heritage as the precision leader in the optical industry,” said Barry Lannon, vice president of operations at Zeiss Vision Care U.S. “In addition to delivering premium quality products via fast processing techniques, the paperless nature of our updated laboratory demonstrates our commitment to sustainable, responsible manufacturing.”