Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, announced the grand opening of its newest facilities in Costa Rica.

“For the past 17 years, our Costa Rica operations have helped Align’s U.S. operations develop and market the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. Our new facilities play an important part in supporting our expanding global operations by allowing us to continue to serve Invisalign and iTero trained doctors in a fast and efficient manner,” said Emory Wright, senior vice president of global operations at Align Technology.

Align invested approximately $50 million in two new multistory office buildings, located at San Antonio Business Center, with plans to open another multimillion dollar facility located in La Lima later this year. The new facilities will eventually house all of Align’s Costa Rica employees and provide space to accommodate the company’s long-term growth.

Align opened its Costa Rica operations in 2001 with 32 employees. Today, more than 2,800 employees generate Invisalign® digital treatment modeling and planning for dentists and orthodontists; provide global customer service and support; or work in corporate functions such as finance, HR, and IT. According to a press release from the company, over the past 2 years, Align added more than 1,000 new employees in Costa Rica and plans to continue to expand – aiming to fill 400 new jobs by the end of 2018.