Joseph Lodge left home at 15 and worked at odd jobs while traveling. He constructed a foundry in 1896 that is today Lodge Manufacturing. He built a house nearby and a member of his family still occupys that house.
Today, the company makes cast iron cookware, including pots, pans, Dutch ovens, and more.
Lodge Cast Iron is the oldest iron manufacturer in the USA today and it is still owned and operated by the Lodge family.
The demand for cast iron cookware has increased substantially in the past decade, causing the family to develop a new melting and molding system in 2013 to help keep up with consumer demand.
Lodge Cast Iron maintains a corporate office where they have been located for 120 years, in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee.