An expansion in Texas Township by battery case manufacturer, mophie, is expected to ultimately bring 65 new jobs to the area. Mophie's main products are portable charging accessories, particularly phone cases with secondary batteries inside them.
The consumer electronics accessory company says it will invest $685,000 to retrofit and furnish its 10,000-square-foot location in the Groves Business Park in Texas Township, off I-94 at Ninth Street. The business is located in the former site of the Dana Corp.
The company which initially plans to add 20 jobs and over time add up to 65 new positions at its call center received $375,000 from the Michigan Business Development Program as a result of its decision to locate in the state rather than in Utah, says Doug Plachcinski, Zoning Administrator for Texas Township.
Mophie, which grew from its original roots in Paw Paw, was acquired in Feb. 2016 by consumer electronics accessories retailer Zagg for $100 million. The Utah-based retailer moved to expand the Michigan operation with support from the state's incentive program that assists businesses that commit to creating jobs and a financial investment.
“As a global brand with a location in Southwest Michigan, mophie exemplifies the diversity of job opportunities available in our region through its expansion," says Ron Kitchens, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First. “Our region is proud to list mophie’s commitment to innovative design-based technology among its product offerings.”
Sources: Southwest Michigan First and Texas Township