Sole Supports, Inc., is a privately owned small business concern located in Lyles, TN, a historically underutilized business zone. The business was incorporated under the name of Sole Supports, Inc., in 1992, and it has been a thriving Hickman County business ever since.
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Dr. Edward Glaser started the business in his garage in Fairview, Tennessee, in the late 1980s where he and his partner made pairs of orthotics for individual patients by hand, one at a time. The business grew and eventually six employees worked in the garage location. From his garage, Dr. Glaser moved the operation into a re-purposed chicken coop in Bon Aqua, Tennessee, complete with a composting toilet in 1998. Four thousand square feet of the coop was re-purposed to house Sole Support's expanding operations.
Eventually, twenty-six employees worked at the chicken coop location in Bon Aqua. After only two years in the new Bon Aqua location, growth required another move. Dr. Glaser took out an SBA loan to help finance the expansion of the business. With the help of the local First Farmers and Merchants Bank as well as the Hickman County Industrial Development Board, Sole Supports was able to find a parcel of land and break ground on their new location on Highway 7 in Lyles, Tennessee. The original building was 15,000 square feet. The space has since been expanded with the addition of another 15,000 square feet of plant/warehouse space as well as a 5000 square feet of office space onto the front of the original structure and 4,000 square feet on the second floor that houses offices and a video studio complete with green screens that produces diagnosis education videos along with training videos for providers and their staffs.
From its humble beginnings, Sole Supports, Inc. has grown to a $8 million dollar company and become the largest manufacturing employer in Hickman County, employing 100 people and doing business across the United States and the world. A large international distribution deal in the offing hopes to expand its reach even further. Sole Supports now produces approximately 6000 pairs of fully custom MASS Posture orthotics per month.