True to its name, SmileDirectClub, LLC put a smile on Tennessee's business recruiters by announcing today it will add 440 jobs in Davidson County over the next five years with a $4.5 million investment in new facilities in downtown Nashville and the suburb of Antioch.
The Nashville-based orthodontics company is expanding both its office and manufacturing and distribution facilities in Tennessee as it continues to grow its remote dental treatment.
Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub is a teledentistry. company that uses cloud-based technology to connect patients with a network of state-licensed dental professionals who provide ongoing, remote orthodontic treatment. SmileDirectClub works with an orthodontic lab to custom-make a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually shift patients' teeth into the desired position without in-office visits.
"Nashville is growing exponentially, and we're happy to be growing right alongside it," SmileDirectClub CEO Doug Hudson said in announcing the expansion today. "We put our new office in the heart of downtown because we want to be in the middle of all the energy, growth and fun this city has to offer. These are the exact qualities we wish to exhibit as a company. We're all about making people smile, and Nashville is the city that puts a smile on our face."
The announcement was greeted with smiles for local officials in Nashville.
"SmileDirectClub shows that an innovative idea, combined with a bold entrepreneurial spirit and a small business-friendly climate can lead to incredible success," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said.
Over the past six years, health care and medical device companies have invested more than $800 million in Tennessee, creating approximately 8,100 new jobs, state officials said today.
"With companies such as SmileDirectClub, Nashville has been at the forefront of delivering health care in innovative ways," said Ted Townsend, commissioner of Economic and Community Development in Tennessee.