SmileDirectClub cancels plans for Kyle facility, 850 jobs because of coronavirus

Hays

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — SmileDirectClub says the coronavirus pandemic has led it to cancel plans to open a dental manufacturing facility in Kyle, according to a city release Wednesday.

The company and Gov. Greg Abbott announced in October 2019 that it planned to come to Kyle and bring about 850 jobs to the area. At the time, city leaders called it the biggest economic development project Kyle had ever received. At the time, the company had hoped it could begin manufacturing in February. Kyle said the buildout of the warehouse space on Interstate 35 and County Road 210 was never completed and workers never arrived.

According to a release from the company, the City of Kyle “received a courtesy call from a SmileDirectClub attorney in July regarding changes to their plans to expand to Texas.”

Kyle says “no tax dollars were lost” because of the decision, adding that SmileDirectClub was supposed to have received a $2.2 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund and could have also received $3.3 million in incentives from Kyle and Hays County.

The manufacturing plant would have been situated in Kyle’s Hays Logistics Center, and now the city says the 150,000 square foot facility is available for others to lease.

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