Members of The Vision Council Leadership Increase Outreach to Elected Officials

Members of The Vision Council Leadership Increase Outreach to Elected Officials

Additional meeting held as a part of efforts to educate officials with jurisdiction over key federal and state issues of concern to the optical industry.

Alexandria, VA (April 30, 2014) – In addition to the previously announced meeting held with Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA 52nd District), members of The Vision Council Leadership met separately last week with Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15th District) as a part of The Vision Council's efforts to educate elected officials that represent its member companies and have jurisdiction over key federal and state issues of concern to the optical industry.

Congressman Swalwell toured the California Accessories facility in Hayward, CA, alongside the company's President and CEO, and Vice Chair of The Vision Council's Sunglass and Reader Division, Fredric Grethel. Grethel addressed the issue of the Port of Oakland with the Congressman, and the effects of those issues not only for the optical industry but also for all industries with products that enter the Port.

As was announced last week, Congressman Peters toured the Shamir Insight facility in San Diego, CA, alongside Shamir Insight's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Vision Council Board of Directors, Raanan Naftalovich. Congressman Peters expressed support for the optical industry and the jobs it generates within his district and throughout the state of California, and was interested in learning more about the business and manufacturing challenges faced by the optical industry within the state.

The Vision Council aims to establish an open dialogue with Members of Congress about the economic benefits its member companies bring to their Congressional districts. The meeting comes as a follow-up from meetings held in December between The Vision Council leadership and Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Both meetings included an overview of the optical manufacturing industry, meetings with each organization's senior executives, and discussions regarding the challenges facing the optical industry.

California has been the focus of an increasing amount of time and resources from The Vision Council over the last year, including recent meetings with the Office of California Governor Jerry Brown regarding California Proposition 65, and the prevention of its unintended consequences for the optical manufacturing industry.

About California Accessories

California Accessories is a manufacturer and distributer of high quality, fashionable and colorful accessories including reading glasses, contact lens accessories, eyeglass cases, lens and screen cleaners, eyewear chains, and more.

About Shamir Insight, Inc.

Shamir Insight, Inc., is a fully owned subsidiary of Shamir Optical Industry, Ltd., an Israel-based company which is engaged in the development, design and manufacture of premium progressive lenses and molds for the ophthalmic industry.

About The Vision Council

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.