Newberry is a small town and yet big things are coming out of Newberry Commercial Park. Lex Jacobs, Richard Hudson, Gene Kropp and Dave Baggaley founded Inspired Energy in 2002, after working for Energizer Power Systems and saw the need for improved batteries for smaller manufacturers who could not produce their own batteries.
Inspired Energy has been growing by buying pre-made lithium ion cells and adding their own small battery component on it to improve the battery overall. The company began with only 13 employees manufacturing 8 products to now around 88 employees and 600 products! Options to manufacture abroad in more economical places such as China and Mexico are always an option for any booming business, but the founders have chosen to keep the manufacturing within the US. “We were manufacturing in America before onshoring became popular,” Gene Kropp, the operations director, said. Because the company is continuing to grow, the need for a larger building is critical. The company has a 10,000 square foot expansion next to its current space set up to open next year.