Since 1896, Lodge has been making cast iron cookware and today it is the sole domestic manufacturer of cast iron cookware. Not only has Lodge been manufacturing cookware for over 100 years, it is also the oldest family-owned and operated cookware foundry in the United States. Based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300), Lodge has seen a recent revival—the versatility and even heating properties of cast iron cookware have made their signature skillets an essential in home and professional kitchens around the country.
In the video below, Mark Kelly shares some insight on the history and more recent innovations from this historic company. Introduced in 2007, the Lodge Signature Series line showcases a pioneering method of riveting the stainless steel handles onto the cast iron skillet bodies. Although they look beautiful and maintain the high performing qualities of their signature cast iron skillets, I still prefer my traditional model.
BONUS: Don't miss the awesome Foundry Tour video after the jump. Lodge walks viewers through the whole process from materials, slagging, sand molding, polishing, seasoning and packaging.