Nothing quite says American like Red, White, and Blue. Unless, of course, there’s also a “Made in the USA” label on it. Lodge Cast Iron checks both of those boxes with their latest announcement for a fully American-made cookware line.
The company unveiled its newest products, the USA Enamel Dutch Ovens, just in time to shop before Independence Day. The pots will come in an Americana-inspired range of colors, and a variety of sizes, all made right here in the USA.
An American Tale
Lodge Cast Iron was founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Since Day 1, Lodge has operated out of the same little town, and today it stands as the oldest American cookware producer. And their loyalty runs deep. According to Lodge, “This Tennessee town has been our home since the beginning, and it’s our ethical duty to take care of the people who have helped shape Lodge Cast Iron into the successful company it is today.”
So much about Lodge just says American…down to their yearly sponsorship of the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg. Festival proceeds are invested back into their local community. Their cast iron cookware is all made in the USA, from manufacturing to finishing. The one exception to their American-made production is the enameled products, which have been made in China until now.
Forging a New Path in American Manufacturing
The majority of the Lodge Cast Iron product line is made in the USA. But historically, they have sourced their enameled products from China or Vietnam. Lodge’s new announcement of their all-American made enamel-wear products changes that.
It also changes history. This is the only color enamel cookware line made in the USA right now. Although the company will likely continue sourcing its other enamel products from overseas, this new induction of an American made category will hopefully be a change in the tide. Borough Furnace is also a great option for enameled cast iron cookware.
The pots have a cast iron base and a color enamel coating. Their design is a charming vintage throwback to Mid-Century Modern American aesthetic. Size options include a 3-quart, 4-quart, 6-quart, or 7.5-quart Dutch Oven that comes in three colors, Red, White, & Blue, or as known by Lodge: Cherry On Top, Cloud Nine, & Smooth Sailing. These Dutch Ovens are made in the USA but use imported hardware.
Lodge’s USA Enamel line became available for purchase on June 13th, 2023, and can be found on their website or in factory stores located in Concord, NC, or three sites in Tennessee, South Pittsburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge.
American Past, Present, & Future
Lodge has been forged into American history for over 125 years. It’s a kitchen and camping classic. The company’s goal is to create heritage cookware that passes down through the generations. You may have a hand-me-down pan somewhere in your own cupboard. If you don’t, consider investing in a piece from the new USA Enamel line: ready for your stews, roasts, and sourdough, and proudly made in America.
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