It All Began With a Single Manual Lathe in 1978

Investing in a skilled workforce and technology has built loyalty and fostered growth

Urban Manufacturing’s roots extend back to 1978 when Alex Urbanchek, an engineer and a Hungarian immigrant, first purchased a used manual machine tool and sought part-time work machining prototypes.

By 1982, Alex was working full time building a community-based machining business serving customers in a variety of industries.

GE and Harley-Davidson Motor Company distinctions came early

In 1988, Urban Manufacturing built its current facility located in a western suburb of Milwaukee. Due to increased demand for its services, the facility has undergone four expansions. The most recent expansion was completed in 2010, increasing space by more than 20,000 square feet to reach a total of 85,000 square feet for part production work.

In 1985, Urban Manufacturing became a GE Certified Supplier. And, in 2008, the company was named a GE Strategic Supplier, meaning its role was critical to GE’s manufacturing supply chain. In 2014, Urban Manufacturing achieved the coveted GE Supplier Excellence Award.

Urban Manufacturing also became a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company Tier One Supplier in 1997, and continues to serve their machining needs.

Urban Manufacturing has grown into a $25 million enterprise that employs 120 experienced staff (including 20-plus journeymen machinists) who produce parts for GE Healthcare, GE Yokogawa, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Eaton, Smith’s Medical and many other major manufacturers.


Urban Manufacturing - a community-based machining business serving customers in a variety of industries.


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