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Dentsply Sirona restructures business, plans to close York facility

Dental product manufacturer Dentsply Sirona plans to end all production activities at its West College Avenue, York manufacturing facility following losses in the second quarter of 2020.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based manufacturing company will be exiting a portion of its analog laboratory business in a move to restructure the company, Dentsply announced in its second quarterly report on Thursday.

As part of the restructuring, Dentsply Sirona said it will cease operations at the York facility by the first quarter of 2021 and transition approximately 270 employees from the site to the company’s other locations in York and a small portion to a distribution center in Lancaster.

Approximately 200 employees from the site will be transitioning out of the organization.

Along with restructuring its analog laboratory business, which manufactures removable dentures and related products, the company will also be exiting the traditional orthodontics business.

Tom Leonardi, group vice president of consumables product group at Dentsply, said that York has been an important location for the company for decades and that it plans to continue to invest in its production and research and development capabilities in the region.

“These decisions are never easy, but they are necessary to allow us to reinvest to meet our customers’ evolving needs and drive long-term, sustainable growth,” Leonardi said. “The company will be providing support to those who are directly impacted by these changes and ensure they are treated with the utmost respect and consideration.”

In the most recent quarterly report, Dentsply’s net sales were down from over $1 billion in sales this time last year, to $490.6 million this year, which the company attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we embrace the current challenges, we remain optimistic about the future and we are confident in our strategy, our customers, and the Dentsply Sirona team,” said Don Casey, CEO of Dentsply Sirona.

Ioannis Pashakis
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