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LYNCHBURG, VA-International eye care product company Bausch & Lomb has revealed plans to expand its distribution center at the 175-acre Lynchburg Center for Industry with a 39,000-sf addition. Construction on the project, which will double the facility’s space, is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2003.

“The Lynchburg Industrial Development Authority will manage the construction of the building, get permits and oversee the project,” Bausch & Lomb’s Lynchburg center director of operations Allen Barr tells GlobeSt.com. “A general contractor for the project should be determined next week. Upon completion, LIDA will hand over the property to us in the form of a leasing agreement.”

Barr declined comment on the development’s estimated cost. Bausch & Lomb built the existing 38,000-sf building in 1993 for $3 million. The company had contemplated locating the new expansion in Missouri, New York or South Carolina, but Virginia came out ahead in the competition.

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