Factory Tour: The Urban Electric Company

Chad Dorsey

We are big fans of the Urban Electric Company.  This brand creates hand-made lighting fixtures of exceptional quality and style.  We were lucky enough to be invited down to Charleston, their HQ, for a factory tour and left even more excited about their fantastic products!  Dave Dawson, the founder, and his team were terrific hosts…it was exciting to see how much passion everyone had for what they had created!

The day of our tour we walked through each step of the production process in the factory.  It was simply amazing to see a bin of raw materials (each project/fixture is given a bin) be taken from assembly to final finishing and packaging.

This is truly bespoke product.  UE is capable of customizing any of their fixtures.  They can also work with you to create something completely unique and new for your individual home.

A little information from their website:

VIDEO: Urban Electric Company – The Work

Since its founding in 2003, the company has become one of the most highly recognized lighting companies in the industry as well as an important contributor to the successful return of American manufacturing and a key player in the global design community.

Each of the company’s products is bench-made and hand-finished at its 95,000 sq. ft. headquarters, which houses its talented teams of engineers, sales and marketing professionals, designers, craftsmen and artisans. The company prides itself on manufacturing processes that secure the growth and sustainability of artisanal craft for the future by using modern techniques that enhance and refine the hand-build approach as opposed to replacing it.