South Pittsburg, Tenn. — Lodge Manufacturing Company, one of Marion County’s major manufacturing employers, plans to begin a major plant expansion in the new year. The family-owned company has been a mainstay in the community since 1896, as a manufacturer of cast iron cookware and accessories.
Over the past five years, company officials report strong sales growth despite the recent recession, thanks in part to the what officials believe is the American consumer realizing the value and versatility of cast iron cookware and the benefits of ownership. Officials with Lodge say the expansion is necessary in order to meet the current and projected demand for their popular line of signature seasoned cast iron cookware.
Plans for the expansion will include the replacement of the company’s melt center, the addition of a sand system, and a new molding machine.
They expect the expansion to be completed prior to the end of 2014 with the melt center in operation by the end of 2013.
The expansion also means good news for the local workforce. Company officials expect this project to increase the workforce by 20-25 people by the time it is completed.
Vulcan Engineering Company of Helena, Alabama is the contractor for the expansion. Lodge has partnered with First Tennessee Bank of Chattanooga to provide financing for the project.
Information from: Jasper Journal