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Ziemer Group Building Redevelopment

An affiliate of Ziemer Group, a Swiss company that manufactures and markets leading-edge ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical products, began renovations in 2011 and has since occupied part of what was a vacant office building in Alton for its new U.S. distribution headquarters serving the US and Canada.

In May 2011, Ziemer USA Inc. purchased the building at 620 East Third Street that was built about 50 years ago for a savings and loan institution. More recently, it was a physicians' office building but
has been vacant for several years. It has about 24,000 square feet of interior space. In 2013, Ziemer USA will continue it renovations on the parking areas and repair of the exterior of the building.

The Alton City Council approved City assistance of $300,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money for the planned $1.5 Million project.

Angie Braida, Director of Operations for Ziemer USA, said the company is currently working to decide how to use the second and third floors later as their business expands.

Ziemer has approximately 20 employees in the United States, of which about 10 work in Alton.