SmileDirectClub to open $34M manufacturing plant in Columbia, adding 600 new jobs

Posted at 1:16 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 14:16:13-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — SmileDirectClub will invest $34 million into a new manufacturing facility in Columbia, bringing 600 new jobs to the area.

The new plant will allow the oral care company to expand its manufacturing capabilities for its clear aligners. This will be SmileDirectClub's third expansion in Tennessee in the last three years.

"SmileDirectClub is grateful for the continued support of Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe, Senator Hensley, Representative Cepicky and the partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Maury County," said Dan Baker, global head of supply chain at SmileDirectClub. "In these unprecedented times, having a second facility located in Maury County allows our team the ability to safely travel between our manufacturing locations, and provides us the additional manufacturing capacity and strong talent pool we need as we continue our global expansion. We are looking forward to further expanding our presence in Tennessee."

Previously, the company invested $217 million into its Nashville headquarters and created more than 2,000 jobs across Middle Tennessee.

"Even during these challenging times, Maury County continues to serve as an engine of economic growth for the State of Tennessee. I would like to offer SmileDirectClub a warm welcome to the community and to thank TNECD, TVA, and our regional economic development partners for making this exciting announcement possible.," said Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles.