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Company Expands Locally, Creates 135 New Jobs

BATTLEFIELD, Mo. -- A Battlefield company is expanding into an $8-million facility creating more than a hundred jobs in the same region where it started the business 25 years ago. 

In 1993 Jeff Russell sold phones out of the trunk of his car. Today, his business has grown into Russell Cellular, which is one of the largest Verizon retailers in the country. And with extensive growth, it's time to move its headquarters into its own space. 

"Over the last few years, we have doubled in size," Nathan Mindeman, VP of Sales Operations at Russell Cellular. 

Mindeman says the company's departments are spread across several buildings but will soon have the same address near the corner of Highway FF and m in Battlefield. 

"We are going to move everything back under one roof," Mindeman said.  

He says Russell Cellular wanted its new headquarters to be close to home. 

"We have been in business for 25 years now and all of those years we have been in the Springfield region," he said. "We wanted to stay in Battlefield if it was at all possible. We wanted to be nearby our current facilities." 

Danny Perches, business assistance coordinator at the Springfield-Area Chamber of Commerce says companies wanting to expand locally shows a strength in the support of businesses in the community. He says he and regional partners worked together to ensure Russell Cellular found a location for its expansion. 

"Three out of four new jobs into the state are from existing businesses. So, it's really important to ensure we listen to the voice of our existing  businesses and ensure that all those expansions, which ultimately can happen anywhere else, are happening here in our region," he said.  

The new 40,000 square-foot facility will be built on a 4.7 acre lot. Once it's completed, 135 jobs will be created in several departments including payroll, human resources and information technology.

Nicole Valentine is the orations manager at Russell Cellular and she will be overseeing the design and construction once ground breaks in the next few months. 

"Our vision is for the front entrance to be on that side where people coming in from James River would be able to see," she said.  

Valentine says with more land left after this project, she hopes this move is only the beginning of a long-term development. 

She anticipates constructions to be completed by the Fall of 2019. 

The 135 jobs will be filled over the next five years. 


 


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