SmileDirectClub’s Access Dental Lab TX, LLC will establish a new high-tech dental manufacturing lab in Kyle, TX. Access Dental Lab TX is a subsidiary of Access Dental Lab, LLC, SmileDirectClub’s manufacturing and distribution affiliate.
A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of more than $2.2 million has been offered to Access Dental Lab TX to support new job creation and more than $36 million in capital investment. The company will create a total of 850 new jobs in the marketplace, according to Dan Baker, Global Head of Supply Chain for Access Dental Lab.
“Thanks to Governor Abbott’s Texas Enterprise Fund, SmileDirectClub has the great privilege of bringing hundreds of quality jobs to the city of Kyle, Texas,” said Baker. The decision to expand our U.S. manufacturing and distribution supply chain to Texas is owed to the state and community leadership’s support for innovation and their belief in our mission. The talent pool in the greater Kyle, Austin and Hays County communities takes pride in where they live and work, and that aligns to SmileDirectClub’s culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusion. As we set out to become the City of Kyle’s largest private employer, we are excited for the great state of Texas to accelerate our mission to help millions of people around the world unleash the power of their smile through safe, affordable and convenient teeth straightening solutions.”
The lab will occupy 150,000 square feet in the Hays Logistics Center, part of a taxpayer-subsidized park that was built to attract business to the area.
“I am pleased that SmileDirectClub has chosen Kyle as their home base for Access Dental Lab TX, and I look forward to the prosperity and success that their investment will bring to the entire Lone Star State,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “This exciting new expansion will bring even greater economic prosperity for this community, and the job creation and capital investment spurred by this announcement will create even more economic opportunities for Texans.”
“I am incredibly grateful to the governor’s office for partnering with us to help attract a large employer to locate their business in Kyle,” said Mayor Travis Mitchell. “This is the biggest jobs announcement in the history of Kyle, and it didn’t come out of nowhere. For several years, our team has been laser-focused on creating an attractive environment for employers, because we know that local primary jobs are essential to improving the quality of life for those who call Kyle home.”
“Opportunity Austin is delighted that SmileDirectClub has chosen Kyle for a major expansion,” said Austin Chamber Opportunity Austin Chair Gary Farmer. “With 850 new jobs requiring a broad spectrum of skill levels, our regional workforce will benefit tremendously from these new opportunities. Our regional talent pipeline will surely help SmileDirectClub continue to grow, innovate and prosper in Central Texas.”
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