The momentum carried into 2019, with SmileDirectClub, the market leader and pioneer of doctor-directed, remote invisible aligner therapy, saying it would create 2,010 new jobs in Nashville and Antioch over the next five years. It is the second expansion for SmileDirect in the region in two years. The company already has 1,600 workers in the region.
Twenty Fortune 1000 companies are based in Tennessee, including well-known brands such as FedEx, International Paper, Auto Zone and HCA Healthcare.
It is that critical mass of corporate presence that helped ICEE Co. decide to move its corporate headquarters from California to La Vergne in Rutherford County. The frozen beverage producer has relationships with a number of national companies based in Tennessee, including the Regal Group theater chain and retailers Dollar General and Mapco.
“What we love about this area, and why we wanted to bring our headquarters here is it’s such a business-friendly spot,” says ICEE CEO Dan Fachner. “Tennessee is also centrally located to so many of our customers nationally.”