Bausch & Lomb plans to close its contact lens production plant in Livingston, Scotland, in 2010 and early 2011, resulting in some 500 job losses, and shift production to Waterford, Ireland, and Rochester, New York. The factory makes SofLens daily disposable lenses. At the same time, manufacturing of its PureVision SVS lenses in Waterford will move to Rochester. The contact lens manufacturer has entered into a 90-day consultation period with the staff in Livingston, and the Scottish government has held talks with B&L. The closure of the Livingston plant is expected to save costs of hundreds of millions of dollars in the long term. Following detailed analysis, the senior leadership team found that company-owned sites in Ireland and the U.S. held a strong advantage based on most major assessment criteria.