Align Technology plans to invest $4 million and create more than 100 jobs during the next five years by establishing its first East Coast operations in Cary.
The company makes the Invisalign braces as well as 3D digital scanning products and services for orthodontic and restorative dentistry.
The new facility is already up and running at 2121 RDU Center Drive following an opening celebration on Thursday, said Lana Hygh, Cary’s assistant to the town manager.
“They have already hired some people,” she said. “They’re working. But they’re looking to hire a whole bunch more.”
The Cary office is Align’s first on the East Coast. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in San Jose, Calif. Its global headquarters is in Amsterdam.
The new facility has a Morrisville address but is within Cary town limits.
“Our new office supports our continued growth by providing us with access to a new and expanding pool of candidates with the technical expertise and other competencies necessary to support our strategic goals,” Emory Wright, vice president of operations for Align Technology, said in a statement.
Most of the company’s open positions in Cary are in research and development and focus on software product development. Salary information for the positions was not available.
“Wake County is increasingly an area where the life science and technology clusters converge,” Adrienne Cole, Wake County Economic Development executive director, said in a statement. “Align Technology’s decision to locate in Cary is a testament to our ability to support and grow companies that leverage both of these thriving sectors.”
The decision to open a headquarters in Cary came after months of discussions between the company and Wake County Economic Development, the Cary Chamber of Commerce and other state economic development agencies.
Cole said Align Technology didn’t receive state incentives.
Align trades on the Nasdaq under ALGN. Its stock closed Thursday at $58.45, up $1.85 over the previous day.
Cary Town Council member Jack Smith said the company’s decision to open an office in Cary “doesn’t happen by accident.”
“It’s another California company coming here because of our quality of life, but also because of our business climate,” he said.
“All the forecasts for the next 10 years show the Triangle outpacing growth anywhere in the country – Boston, Austin, Silicon Valley,” he said. “They’re coming here, and Cary is the lead ship, the lead star.”
Kathryn Trogdon; 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon