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Marion County is blessed with a wide variety of industry. From the large nationally acclaimed companies to small family-owned industries, jobs are provided to our citizens and valuable products manufactured and sold in markets all over the United States and abroad. Lodge Manufacturing is the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers in Marion County. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, Lodge is one of America’s oldest cookware companies in continuous operation.

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Several industries have located themselves in our county.   Cardin Forest Products boasts a state-of-the-art saw mill.  Colonial Chemical, Jasper Materials, Ply Gem, Primex, Prologue, Shaw Floors, Tennessee Galvanizing, US Stove and Valmont have all been successful in this area.  In Marion County, these companies found a stable workforce and convenient access by rail, river and road.  Sequatchie Concrete, founded in 1953 supplies the Southeast with block, ready-mix concrete, retaining walls and more.  Marion County is a perfect match for your industry.

The Marion County Partnership for Economic Development is an organization of local business leaders who work to provide stimulus and grow economic and employment opportunities in Marion County, including but not limited to manufacturing industries.  

Chattanooga State - Kimball Campus

The Chattanooga State Kimball site is located in Marion County and plays an important part in local workforce development endeavors, including the addition of an Industrial Maintenance Technician program. The master plan for the Chattanooga State Campus will see seven buildings built over a period of time. The Chattanooga State Kimball Campus is a significant benefit to our students that want a higher education. Some advantages for students are not driving to Chattanooga daily, fuel cost savings, wear and tear on a vehicle, knowing most of the students that they are attending classes with and seeing the same staff and faculty each day. Having this campus in Marion County positions us to create a skilled pool of new employees for the businesses and industry located in Marion County.

The Industrial Maintenance Technician program provides students with an opportunity to learn a trade and increases our county’s skilled labor pool for local industries. By demonstrating to industry that their employees can be trained here in Marion County, provides our county with an edge in recruiting new industry to the county.

Photo by Evans-Ailey Construction, Inc.

Photo by Evans-Ailey Construction, Inc.


Lodge Manufacturing constructs biggest building in Marion County

Photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press

Photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press

NEW HOPE, TENN. — Construction crews are erecting the biggest building ever built in Marion County — and one with one of the flattest floors in America.

The 212,000-square-foot distribution center is being built for Lodge Manufacturing Co., which plans to consolidate its four other warehouse facilities into the new complex by May. The new distribution center will store thousands of Lodge cast iron skillets, dutch ovens and other cookware before they are shipped to customers around the globe.

The $9 million complex, which is being built by Morgan Construction Co., is designed to include a super flat floor to allow distribution workers to use wire-guided lift trucks to store and retrieve inventory stacked on shelves in the 50-foot-high complex. To allow the fork lift operators to lift tons of cast iron cookware on to upper shelves along the 33 aisles that span the massive new complex, the concrete floor in the building was laid over the past two weeks with a variance of less than .0015 of an inch across a building that spans the size of nearly four football fields.

Read more at Chattanooga Times Free Press