Mobile Initiative moves manufacturing facility to Clarksville – WDRB

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by Jessica Bard

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) — A Louisville-based cell phone company is moving manufacturing from overseas to Clarksville.

Mobile Initiative started with three men in a small Hurstbourne office and a need for durable, affordable smartphones.
“We have ultra-rugged devices,” Mobile Initiative CEO Mike Dahl said. “We have very cost-friendly devices like smartphones, cell phones and tablets. There are no complicated contracts or inflated pricing.”
The company began about a year-and-a-half ago.
“It’s grown aggressively almost 400 percent since last year,” Dahl said.

Dahl said he needed a way to get phones into customer’s hands faster.

“We were subcontracting before,” he said. “We want to put everything under the mobile initiate umbrella.”

Mobile Initiative is bringing its manufacturing facility from Texas and from oversees closer to home. Dahl said travel time and shipping costs to and from the Netherlands and China were becoming a problem.

 

He said the company looked for a location in Louisville and other places, but Indiana and the town of Clarksville rolled out the red carpet with state and local incentives.

 

“The Town of Clarksville is giving them a $150,000 forgivable loan,” Town of Clarksville Council President Paul Fetter said.

 

The company is bringing nearly 50 jobs starting at $20 an hour to what used to be the old Peddlers Mall.

 

“Really a wide range of job creation,” Dahl said. “Everything from an assembly line worker, manufacturing line worker all the way to customer service, project controllers.”

Dahl thinks it will be a challenge to fill the technical positions, but he’s relying on partnerships with local schools to answer the call for qualified talent.

 

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