About Lodge We Do the Right Thing. We’ve called South Pittsburg our hometown since 1896, and we’re committed to investing in our community and taking care of the environment. It’s a value that started with our founder, Joseph Lodge, and has been passed down through our more than 125-year history. In the spirit of leaving things better than we found them, we work with folks from across our campus to serve the people and places we call home. Lodge has long been a proud member of this community and recognizes the opportunity to support local schools, organizations, and citizens through charitable donations and outreach. We are excited to have an employee-led Community Engagement Committee that connects our team members with opportunities to get involved in the community. We embrace our legacy. We do the right thing. We love where we work. We are creators. We each bring something to the table. At Lodge, people are the “why” behind everything we do. Each voice, each viewpoint is unique and every interaction makes us better. We listen and absorb our differences so that when we get to work, we can live up to our potential—individually and together. So pull up a chair; everyone is welcome at our table. We give back. Lodge is dedicated to helping the community through volunteer work, charity auctions, and fundraising initiatives. Meet the Folks Behind the Community Engagement Committee Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off A Skillet Full Cookbook 120th Anniversary Charity Auction Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect Tennessee Adopt-A-Highway Tennessee Wildfire Relief Wine Over Water Meet the Folks Behind the Community Engagement Committee Each month, a cross-functional group of employees comes together to find meaningful ways to support our community and provide volunteer opportunities for the Lodge Team. Learn more Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off From achieving the perfect crust and how to prep your bakeware to tips on getting great results each time you bake, this article has everything you need to know about your new Lodge bakeware. Read more A Skillet Full Cookbook In 2001, the South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society wrote this cookbook that includes local community recipes and the area's cultural history as it pertains to Lodge Cast Iron. Since the book's release in 2002, Lodge has sold more than 250,000 copies and donated more than $245,000 to The South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society. Buy the cookbook 120th Anniversary Charity Auction In 2016, Lodge presented checks to three area charities: The Marion County Food Bank, The Marion County Good Neighbors, and the Marion County Children's Fund. The checks totaled over $25,000. Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect Cookbook publisher Oxmoor House and Meredith Corporation donated $25,000 to the Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect initiative in Lodge's name. This initiative supports the practice of sustainably caught seafood and works to continue the conversation and raise awareness of sustainable fishing practices. Lodge continues to support this initiative as a sponsor of the annual fundraising event. Tennessee Adopt-A-Highway In 2018, Lodge adopted a 2-mile stretch of Highway 72 near South Pittsburg, Tennessee. On the group's first weekend, employees collected three truck beds full of garbage and one truck bed full of tires. Since the program's inception in 1989, Tennessee volunteers have collected more than 12 million pounds of litter from Tennessee's roadsides. These valuable contributions are creating cleaner roadsides, reducing maintenance costs, and boosting litter prevention awareness in the Volunteer state. Tennessee Wildfire Relief In December 2016, Lodge partnered with the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund and raised over $100,00 for families impacted by the Tennessee wildfires through the online sale of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Skillet. "…Lodge raised over $100,000 for families impacted by the 2016 Tennessee wildfires." Wine Over Water In 2018, Lodge was a proud sponsor of Wine Over Water in its neighboring city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Cornerstones and their historic preservation efforts in Chattanooga. Cornerstones, Chattanooga’s only nonprofit Historic Preservation Organization, exists to preserve the architectural heritage and urban fabric of Chattanooga. Cornerstones works to conserve and bring new life to the historic buildings and streets of Chattanooga, making them relevant properties of the present. We keep it natural. Lodge maintains a comprehensive recycling program and invests in foundry equipment that reduces pollution and minimizes the consumption of electricity. ENERGY STAR® Partnerships Hazardous Waste Reduction Member of the Tennessee Green Star Partnership ENERGY STAR® Partnerships Lodge accepted the ENERGY STAR® challenge in 2011 to reduce energy consumption by 10% over a five-year period. Lodge surpassed this goal in less than one year. Lodge continues to monitor energy use at its foundries, warehouse, and offices in order to pinpoint changes and identify new ways to reduce consumption. Hazardous Waste Reduction In 1991, company president Henry Lodge replaced the cupola melting system with a more environmentally friendly induction melt system. In response, Lodge received the 1994 Governor's Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction and remains a Zero Hazardous Waste Foundry today. Member of the Tennessee Green Star Partnership The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is an environmental leadership program facilitated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The partnership recognizes Tennessee industries committed to sustainability while exhibiting continuous improvement throughout their entire operation.