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The S.C. Department of Commerce said a Charleston window-shade maker is expanding and moving. File/Provided 

A peninsula-based designer and manufacturer of custom-made motorized window shades is expanding and relocating its business. 

J. Geiger Shading Technology plans to invest $1.1 million and add 26 jobs to its payroll, the S.C. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday.

The company also is moving its operations from 143 East Bay St., in heart of the city's tourism district, to 7421 Industry Drive off Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston. 

"We are very excited for the expansion of our manufacturing facilities and team in the Lowcountry," founder and CEO James Geiger said in a written statement. "Our rapid growth has given us the ability to take a product that was born in Charleston and deliver it to customers all over the world."

J. Geiger sells its minimalist "fascia-free" window covering systems to architects, builders and real estate developers. Every shade it makes and installs is hand-cut, and all hardware is milled from U.S.-produced aluminum, according to its website.

Geiger founded the company in 2011. He spotted a void in the high-end window shade market while running a business that installed top-line audio and video systems in homes, according to a recent profile in Dwell magazine

The company now has showrooms in Charleston, Aspen, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.

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