Columbia, SC — The Urban Electric Co., an artisan lighting fixture designer and manufacturer, announced plans to expand its current Charleston County operations. The company’s more than $10.7 million investment is projected to create approximately 180 new jobs.
The Urban Electric Co. designs and crafts a wide array of lighting fixtures that are bench-made and hand-finished. The company services an international client base of top interior designers and architects in the residential, hospitality and contract sectors.
Located at 2130 North Hobson Avenue in North Charleston, S.C., the company’s expansion includes a new facility that will serve as the new headquarters and showroom. This facility will be part of The Urban Electric Co.’s multi-building campus where the company can provide custom, made-to-order, heirloom-quality light fixtures using a mix of traditional and modern manufacturing techniques.
The new facility is expected to be online by the end of December. Individuals interested in joining The Urban Electric Co. team should visit https://urbanelectric.com/culture-and-careers.
“Charleston’s creative energy has always been a catalyst for our heirloom-quality lighting designs, but its abundance of talented artisans, innovative entrepreneurial environment and culture of hospitality helps keep our business constantly pushing forward. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our operations in a community that has been such an integral part of our story of modern American craftsmanship as we begin to write the next chapter.” -The Urban Electric Co. President and CEO Dave Dawson
“We’re always proud to celebrate the success of one of our existing companies in South Carolina. Today, we congratulate The Urban Electric Co. for making the decision to expand its Charleston County operations. This is a milestone for the company, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”-Governor Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has proven itself as not only a great place for companies to locate, but also a place where existing companies can grow and thrive. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for an innovative company like The Urban Electric Co.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Since 2003, Urban Electric Co. has been rooted in our community, offering unique and heirloom-quality light fixtures, handcrafted by talented locals. Their decision to expand their footprint in Charleston County and create 180 jobs is exciting and satisfying to know that the community and government support made all the difference.” -Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey
“The work of Urban Electric embodies the heart of the North Charleston workforce – a diverse group of individuals who showcase unparalleled craftsmanship daily. We are proud to see Urban Electric’s signature products, manufactured in our backyard, exported around the globe, and celebrate with them in their expansion within the city of North Charleston.” -North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“Urban Electric Co.’s story is one we are proud to be involved with, as they have grown tremendously during the last decade, while protecting both the tradition and sustainability of their artisanal craft. Our Business Concierge team worked diligently to provide business resources to make the case for their expansion in Charleston County, and the Navy Yard specifically.” -Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes
Five Fast Facts
- The Urban Electric Co. is expanding operations in Charleston County.
- More than $10.7 million investment to create at least 180 new jobs.
- The Urban Electric Co. is a light fixture designer and manufacturer.
- The company is located at 2130 North Hobson Avenue in North Charleston, S.C.
- The new facility is expected to be online by the end of December.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State was among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 – extending its streak of top five finishes since 2011. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce