The latest business to move into Greenville’s Hampton Station is further adding to the diversity of the tenants, which include Birds Fly South Ale Project, Lion’s Roar CrossFit, and Noble Dog Hotel.
Lever Gear, founded in January 2015 by Mike Scully, has signed a lease for Unit 4A, next to Dapper Ink, moving operations from Asheville to Greenville. Robert Zimmerman of Coldwell Banker Caine represented the tenant in the transaction.
The startup’s product, the Toolcard, is a similar all-in-one concept to the Swiss Army Knife, only without the knife, as Scully is quick to point out, packing 40 functions, such as various wrench sizes, screwdrivers, a cord cutter, and a can opener, into a streamlined credit-card sized design.
The Toolcard is made out of heat-treated 420 stainless steel. It’s TSA compliant, has a detachable money clip, and weighs 1.3 ounces with clip or 1 ounce without. It retails for $32 with the money clip and is available mainly online with the brick-and-mortar retail presence growing, Scully says.
Scully will use the new Hampton Station space for light manufacturing, prototyping, design work, a small warehouse, and a small retail area. Scully says he plans to hire three or four more employees in Greenville.
Before moving to Asheville in 2015 with his wife and Lever Gear director of business development, April, and newborn son, Brayden, Scully, 43, spent 15 years in San Francisco helping companies develop products ranging from solar inverters to kayaks. As an independent product designer and engineer, he longed to create his own products, on his own terms.
After a few false starts, Scully remembered an old idea he had for a credit card multitool when he came across a similar product in a gift shop. He remembers that card tool as being “pretty cool, but kinda lame,” and thinking, “I can do better.”
After two years in Asheville, Scully decided a move to Greenville was in order for his family because of the many more opportunities for them in the area. He also liked Hampton Station.
“I was looking for something where we could grow,” he says. “It had a nice feel to it, and it’s accessible to shops and restaurants and recreation areas.”
It also happens to have a similar feel to Asheville’s River Arts District, a trait the owners of the neighboring White Duck Taco Shop, who are also from Asheville, noticed as well.
“There are other small businesses there and there seems to be a camaraderie among them,” Scully says. “We’re excited to be moving down there.”