ANN ARBOR, MI-The parent company for Eye-Bank in several Midwest states has purchased a metro-area building for use as a headquarters.

Midwest Eye-Banks says the 10,013-sf building in Pittsfield Township would also serve as the site of the Michigan Eye-Bank. The purchase price for the building was $1.4 million.

Financing for the building, formerly owned by EMC International and located at 4889 Venture Dr., has been arranged through National City Bank. The new facility will allow Midwest Eye-Banks to consolidate its offices. Since the founding of the Michigan Eye-Banks in 1957, the organization has utilized space within the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology, moving with the department in 1986 to the Kellogg Eye Center.

Currently, the Eye-Bank also has staff located in a second office in the Plymouth-Green Innovation Community, also located in Ann Arbor. Midwest Eye-Banks is the parent company of the Michigan Eye-Banks in Ann Arbor and the Illinois Eye-Bank in Chicago and Bloomington, IL. Its former name, Midwest Eye-Banks and Transplantation Center, was changed last summer.

The new building will nearly double the Eye-Bank’s working space, including an enlarged processing laboratory serving the Michigan Eye-Bank. About 30 laboratory technicians and other staff will be housed in the new complex. Relocation is expected to occur by fall, 2005.

“We are delighted to establish our corporate offices in one place and expand our laboratory facility,” says Susan d’Olive Mozena, president and CEO. “We have been honored to share space with some of the leading researchers and clinicians in ophthalmology at Kellogg Eye Center for many years. However, space constraints and the need to consolidate our staff necessitated the move.”

Midwest Eye-Banks recovers more than 4,000 eye tissues for transplantation and medical research annually.

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