UPDATE:The Plan Commission approved Dentsply Ortholab’s request, which will now be sent to the Village Board for consideration on July 18.

Original Story: Dentsply Ortholab, which makes dental supplies, is planning an expansion that would include adding a second shift and hiring more employees.

Located at 2525 3 Mile Rd., the company will ask the Caledonia Plan Commission at its meeting Tuesday to change its occupancy permit. If request is approved, Dentsply Ortholab would allow operate from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Ortholab anticipates expanding from 59 to 77 employees by the end of 2017.

One neighbor complained about the noise coming from a dust collection system and traffic after 5 p.m. The company addressed the issue by re-working the vacuum system and trained employees to use the 3 Mile Rd. entrance and exit after 5 p.m., according to Ortholab.

The Caledonia Village Board will also need to approve the plan commission recommendation.


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