SmileDirectClub, market leader and pioneer of doctor-directed, remote invisible aligner therapy, will invest $217 million to expand its headquarters and facilities. Over the next first years the company plans to create 2,010 jobs in Nashville and Antioch, Tennessee.
According to state officials, this is SmileDirectClub’s second expansion in Middle Tennessee in two years. In February 2017, the company announced a $4.5 million expansion across two Davidson County locations, which supported the creation of nearly 450 new jobs. Currently, SmileDirectClub employs more than 1,600 people in the Nashville area.
“We are honored to be located in a state that believes in our mission and is helping to support our growing business. SmileDirectClub is proud to be an active member of the greater Nashville community and we’re eager to continue to grow and make strides in innovation here in Tennessee,” said Alex Fenkell, co-Founder of SmileDirectClub.
“Nashville has been a wonderful location to grow our business over the past several years, and we are incredibly grateful for the partnership and recognition from the governor, commissioner, and the Department of Economic and Community Development. We look forward to continuing to expand our team and business in the years to come as a result of this project,” Kyle Wailes, CFO at SmileDirectClub added.
“We’re excited to be here to bring a dynamic, exciting business to Tennessee, one that’s growing exponentially and rooted in a great culture that values every individual and gives each team member a chance to learn to grow. The partnership will enable us to enhance the opportunities in a bigger and better way,” Cheryl DeSantis, Chief People Officer at SmileDirectClub said.
“Companies continue to put down roots in Tennessee because of our talented workforce and business-friendly environment. SmileDirectClub brings high-skill technical jobs to Middle Tennessee and this also speaks to our thriving healthcare and medical device industry,” said Governor Bill Lee.
“Our department is tasked to recruit companies to Tennessee and create a business-friendly environment to support their growth and success. Seventy percent of Tennessee jobs are created by companies that already call our state home, so we are tremendously appreciative of companies like SmileDirectClub that continue to invest and grow here. These 2,000 new high-quality, family-wage jobs will have a substantial impact on the region for years to come,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said.
“SmileDirectClub is a tremendous home-grown success story and evidence of the creative economy in Nashville. The company’s additional investment and related job creation are testaments to our city’s vibrancy. I am particularly excited about the SmileDirectClub’s proposed growth in Antioch, a part of our city with enormous potential for all kinds of businesses,” Nashville Mayor David Briley noted.