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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, Valmont and West Rock 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.

Chattanooga State - Kimball site is located in Marion County and plays an important part in local workforce development endeavors, including the recent addition of an Industrial Maintenance Technician program.

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.  

 Photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press

Photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press

Lodge Manufacturing constructs biggest building in Marion County

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