Sun Charge Systems puts power in the benches

CLEVELAND, Ala. — A startup company called Sun Charge Systems has released a clever solution to charging mobile devices outside the home and the office.

In the workshops at Hornsby Steel, hulking machines bend and curve steel plates, pipes and rods to the exacting specifications of architects and builders. And it’s the Blount County firm’s manufacturing know-how that’s at the heart of a new venture that aims to keep mobile devices charged when people are on the go.

Sun Charge Systems Inc., as the startup is called, produces solar-powered benches that act as charging stations in places like city parks, university grounds, sports fields and remote settings. It also makes a solar charging pole that, like the benches, is equipped with USB ports and 12-volt outlets.

David Hornsby, owner of Hornsby Steel, said it’s important to him that the Sun Charge solar benches and poles all leave the production floor bearing a prominent “Made in Alabama” logo.

“We build a quality product, and we are proud of where it comes from,” Hornsby said. “Plus, we’re proud that we are producing jobs for our guys.”

Image courtesy of Made in Alabama

Source: Alabama Department of Commerce

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