CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group cut the ribbon in mid-November on a new optical lens fabrication facility and laboratory in Erlanger, Ky. The 42,000 square-foot facility replaces the company’s existing 8,000 square-foot building in nearby Cincinnati. The lab’s current staff of more than 60 people will move into the new building, which in the future is expected to employ approximately 200 individuals, according to an announcement.

“The new ABB Labs facility has the capabilities and capacity to continue providing our customers with superior products and extraordinary service with a fast turnaround time, two things that ABB Labs is recognized for in the optical industry,” ABB Optical chief executive officer Tom Burke said. “In time, our new lab in Erlanger will be able to produce between 2,500 and 3,000 lens fabrication jobs per day. We are excited for the future of ABB Labs and the important role we play in ensuring that eyecare professionals have the products, services and solutions they need to help them deliver the highest quality eyecare to their patients.”

The construction project for the building includes laboratory, fabrication and distribution and office space. The facility officially began operations in mid-November, with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 20. The new facility is located at 4400 Olympic Blvd., Unit 4530, in Erlanger.