Vision-Ease Lens to team up with Coppertone on polarized sun lenses
RAMSEY, Minn. Vision-Ease Lens, a leading eyeglass lens manufacturer, announced Friday that it has entered into a partnership with Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc. to license the company’s Coppertone brand for a line of polarized sun lenses.
Through the agreement, Vision-Ease Lens will manufacture Coppertone branded lenses that will feature its patented polarized film technology.
“Coppertone is best known for its commitment to superior sun protection,” said Michael Ness, ice president of sales and marketing of Vision-Ease Lens. “With the trust of the Coppertone name, we will be able to help educate consumers about polarized sun lenses and relay the message that sun protection for your eyes is just as important as sun protection for your skin.”
Coppertone prides itself on producing polarized lenses, which block 100% of harmful UV light, and eliminates 97% of reflected glare. The lenses will also protects a wearer’s eyes against HEV light. Exposure to HEV light, the company says, may contribute to the development of macular degeneration, a common sunlight related eye malady.
“This extension of the Coppertone brand is quite logical, since the key benefit of Coppertone sunscreen is protection from sun damage,” Ness said. “Our partnership with Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., boosts both of our offerings to collaboratively protect consumers from the sun.”
Coppertone prescription lenses will be available in single vision, bifocals and Illumina progressive lenses to meet the needs of a wide variety of consumers.
Tops Markets acquired by Morgan Stanley for $310 million
NEW YORK Morgan Stanley Private Equity has acquired regional supermarket chain Tops Markets from Ahold for $310 million. Tops operates 71 stores under the Tops Markets and Martin’s Super Food Stores banners and five franchise supermarket grocery stores in the Northeast.
The acquisition, which includes 61 in-store pharmacies, is expected to close by the end of this year.
“Tops is a well-regarded grocer with attractive long-term performance, strong employee relationships and a loyal customer base,” said Gary Matthews, managing director and operating partner of Morgan Stanley Private Equity. “We are excited to continue Tops’ tradition of outstanding service to customers and to maintain its position as a leading supermarket in the region.”
Morgan Stanley is expected to continue operations at the stores, but corporate functions will be relocated to Buffalo, N.Y. Frank Curci, former chief executive officer of Tops, is expected to serve on the board of directors and lead the transition in the coming months.
Walgreens promotes vp specialty pharmacy, controller
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced today the promotions of Stanley Blaylock and Mia Scholz from divisional to corporate vice presidents.
Blaylock is the vice president of specialty pharmacy for Walgreens Health Services, the managed care division of Walgreens that includes Option Care. Blaylock joined Walgreens in 2006 when the company acquired Medmark Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, which Blaylock co-founded.
Scholz was promoted to corporate vice president of accounting and controller. She joined Walgreens in 1999 after working for Arthur Anderson.