WMU Facility Expansion Deepens mophie's Michigan Roots


KALAMAZOO — Today mophie™, the portable-power trailblazer and developer of the globally renowned juice pack for smartphones, most notably the iPhone, announced the exciting expansion of its facilities to Western Michigan University’s innovative business park.

The company is purchasing land at WMU’s Business Technology and Research Park (BTR) and will construct a 30,000-square-foot facility to house its rapidly increasing North American distribution functions.

“mophie’s foundational roots are in Michigan, so the opportunity to have a presence on the campus of the well-respected research university, WMU, is a real honor,” said Shawn Dougherty, chief operating officer for mophie. “Not only will we be able to collaborate with WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and its Haworth College of Business, but this facility will also hasten the expansion of our capacity, bring jobs to the area, and allow us to give back to the community.”

Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin this fall, with occupancy anticipated for the first quarter of 2013.  In addition to accommodating the company’s North American distribution center, the location will be the hub for quality control, customer and technical support, and a variety of expanding functions for the quickly growing, international firm. 

“Possibilities abound for the company with this exhilarating relationship that is taking shape with WMU!”  Dougherty said.

Founded in 2005 in Oshtemo, mophie is now headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., and continues to maintain a presence in Western Michigan with a facility in Paw Paw.  The company already has a number of WMU graduates on staff and is enthused about the prospect of employing student interns, as well as engaging the University’s faculty on workflow design for the new building.

With its facility in China, mophie can work around the clock, staying full speed ahead of the competition in an industry where the public excitedly awaits new products and technology, Dougherty said.

“This is one of the world’s most innovative technology companies,” says Bob Miller, WMU associate vice president for community outreach and point person for the development of the BTR Park.  “Having mophie on our campus will not only create opportunities for our faculty and students, it also demonstrates once again that Western Michigan University is being increasingly recognized for the quality of its faculty, students and research.  We could not be more proud of being able to say mophie is our latest BTR Park partner.  We look forward to being a resource for them in a variety of ways.”

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