1978: It Began With a Single Manual Lathe

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

In 1978, Alex Urbanchek, engineer and Hungarian immigrant, first purchased a used manual machine tool and sought part-time work machining prototypes. Eaton Cooper Power Systems, then called RT&E, was Urban's very first job back in 1978. Forty plus years later, Urban still has their trust to manufacture quality parts.

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 in a western suburb of Milwaukee. Due to increased demand for services, the facility has undergone five expansions. The most recent expansion was completed in 2017, increasing space to reach a total of 93,000 square feet for 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 is 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 $30+ 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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