One of Athy's largest employers, Tegral, has revealed plans to up-grade its premises.
It is seeking planning permission for the removal of the first floor of an existing building, and part of its roof.
In its place, the firm wants to construct a new production building , with a footprint of just under 1,500 square metres.
It is also seeking permission for an increase of the maximum ridge height to 10.5 metres.
Kildare planners are scheduled to issue their decision on May 1st