City of Kyle, Austin Chamber's Opportunity Austin, and GSMP announce SmileDirectClub's Access Dental Lab expansion

Posted on 10/08/2019

The City of Kyle, Opportunity Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber's five-county prosperity initiative, and the Greater San Marcos Partnership today announced SmileDirectClub's Access Dental Lab will create 850 jobs in the Austin region.

"We feel like SmileDirectClub and the City of Kyle are a match that will get everyone smiling," said City of Kyle Director of Economic Development Diana Blank-Torres. "We have been working diligently through the City of Kyle economic development efforts to really focus on recruiting quality jobs in target industry sectors. This project spans several of those targets as a high-tech, biomedical, manufacturing company. We are extremely excited to welcome Access Dental Lab Texas to the City of Kyle."

Opportunity Austin and the Greater San Marcos Partnership worked alongside the City of Kyle to help SmileDirectClub navigate the expansion process.

“Opportunity Austin is delighted SmileDirectClub's Access Dental Lab 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.”

SmileDirectClub’s Access Dental Lab Texas will occupy 150,000 square feet of space that will be used to manufacture aligners for all of its customers.

“Thanks to support from the Mayor, the City of Kyle staff and the City Council office, SmileDirectClub's Access Dental Lab has the great privilege to bring hundreds of quality jobs to the City of Kyle and to become the city’s largest private employer," said SmileDirectClub’s Access Dental Lab Global Head of Supply Chain Dan Baker. "The leaders, citizens and talent in the greater Austin region take pride in where they live and work, which aligns with SmileDirectClub’s culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusion. We are looking forward to collaborating with these communities to fill more than 800 jobs, grow our supply chain, and 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.”

SmileDirectClub’s Access Dental Lab Texas will be the largest private employer in the City of Kyle.

"I am incredibly grateful to the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Marcos Partnership for collaborating with us to help attract a large employer to locate their business in Kyle. This project wouldn't have been possible without their support as well as the partnership with the Governor's office and Hays County," said Kyle 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."

“High-tech, ISO-certified manufacturing is a very welcome addition to the mix of companies starting up in and relocating to Hays County,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones said. “SmileDirectClub brings with it a variety of job opportunities for area residents at competitive salaries, and they confirm our reputation as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The County welcomes SmileDirectClub and extends our thanks to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, City of Kyle, Austin Chamber, and the Office of the Governor for their cooperative effort to relocate them to Hays County.”

About Opportunity Austin
Opportunity Austin is the economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the five-county Central Texas region. Top priorities include boosting economic diversification to proactively strengthen the economy, deepening the talent pool through development and attraction, and keeping the Greater Austin region attractive to entrepreneurs, business leaders and site selectors through advocacy on issues such as a comprehensive regional transportation system and regional collaboration. Since 2004, Opportunity Austin has helped bring more than 400,000 total jobs to the Austin region.

About SmileDirectClub
SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) is the industry pioneer as the first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for transforming smiles. Through our cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model, we are revolutionizing the oral care industry. SmileDirectClub’s mission is to unleash the power of people’s smiles to empower them to positively impact their place in the world. SmileDirectClub was founded by Alex Fenkell and Jordan Katzman in partnership with Camelot Venture Group. Available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit

About the Greater San Marcos Partnership
The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is the 501c6 regional economic development organization serving the city of San Marcos, and Hays and Caldwell Counties focused on positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. The GSMP mission is to increase economic opportunities for all in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor. For more information, visit