Tennessee Foundry Expansion

New Lodge Foundry is Underway

By Lodge Cast iron / November 30, 2016

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We're making progress on our new foundry! Here's an update on our construction so far.

Construction of the Lodge Cast Iron foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The large gray building in the background is the current Lodge foundry.

As you can see in the photo above, the foundation has been poured and the construction continues on the walls and roof. We have also made significant progress on the installation of the sand towers (see photo below). During the next few months we will continue to work on the the structure and equipment installation, and we expect to complete construction in the fall of 2017.

The new 127,000 square-foot foundry is located in our hometown of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, just a block away from our currently operating foundry. When the facility is complete we expect to employ an additional 92 people in the local area. The new foundry will include a melt center, sand system and two sand cast molding machines, increasing our manufacturing capacity by 75%. We are also in the process of completing a new 200,000 square foot warehouse located a few miles away, right across the Tennessee River from our main campus.

Click here to watch the expansion in real-time on our time-lapse construction cameras!

Lodge was founded in South Pittsburg, Tennessee in 1896 and has produced American-made cast iron cookware in the same location for over 120 years. You can watch how we make cast iron in our Tennessee foundry in this behind-the-scenes video.

 

Construction of the Lodge Cast Iron foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This large structure is the sand tower with silos that hold sand needed for the casting process. Construction of the Lodge Cast Iron foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This item is the bottom part of one of the silos that holds foundry sand. Construction of the Lodge Cast Iron foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. In the background is the edge of the Cumberland Plateau rising behind South Pittsburg.
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