Mobile company investing $685K in operation
A maker of accessories for mobile devices is expanding its operation in the region and creating 65 jobs in the process.
Mophie is expanding its distribution center in Texas Township, near Kalamazoo, at 6244 Technology Ave., investing $685,000 there and creating customer service-related jobs, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, today.
Tustin, California-based Mophie chose to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Utah.
Mophie received a $374,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the expansion from the Michigan Strategic Fund, which is administered by MEDC.
“Mophie has been in a continuous dialogue with the MEDC and Southwest Michigan First since 2011,” Mophie Director of Operations Don Danielson said. “The grant funding approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund has been instrumental to our growth and investment into the community. Thanks again to all who helped make this happen.”
MEDC CEO Steve Arwood called Mophie “a world leader in the battery case market" and said the company's "decision to expand in Michigan rather than in another state will mean additional jobs for years to come."
“This decision by Mophie to invest here offers further evidence of Michigan’s talented workforce and our commitment to helping companies grow and generate new jobs for our residents,” Arwood said.
Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First, an economic development nonprofit, is also supporting the project in the form of staff time and resources.
Formally mStation Audio LLC, Mophie was founded in Paw Paw in 2006 to design, develop, manufacture and market speakers for mobile devices. Today, the company’s product portfolio includes battery cases, external batteries, cables and other accessories.
Mophie also has operations in the Netherlands and China.