Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and SmileDirectClub officials announced on Wednesday the company will invest $217 million to expand its headquarters and facilities in Middle Tennessee.
SmileDirectClub, the market leader and pioneer of doctor-directed, remote invisible aligner therapy, will create 2,010 new jobs in Nashville and Antioch over the next five years.
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.
SmileDirectClub provides an affordable option to those searching for access to a straighter, more confident smile for much less than traditional treatment methods, and without having to visit the orthodontist’s or dentist’s office.
Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub employs more than 4,300 people and has helped over 500,000 customers around the world achieve their best smile. Utilizing its teledentistry platform, SmileDirectClub connects customers with a duly licensed dentist or orthodontist in their state who remotely creates a personalized SmilePlan and continually monitors their progress.
With an average treatment length of six months, SmileDirectClub straightens smiles for 60 percent less and three times faster than traditional braces.
Governor Lee 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.”
Commissioner Rolfe said, “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.”
Alex Fenkell, co-founder of SmileDirectClub said, “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.”
Those interested in applying for an open position may visit smiledirectclub.com/careers/.