It is still owned and managed by the descendants of the Lodge family. Most cast iron sold by Lodge is produced in its foundry in South Pittsburg, which has been in operation since the company was founded.
In 1896, Joseph Lodge founded the company that is now Lodge Cast Iron in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Originally from Pennsylvania, Joseph left home at age 15 and spent his formative years on the road, traveling across the country on foot and working in machine shops.
Joseph’s journey began in 1867 when he boarded a steamship from Pittsburgh, PA to Louisville, KY. From there, he made his way through Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, mostly traveling on foot.
He kept a detailed daily journal from his year afoot, describing his travels and attempts at finding work. He even documents the day he first tasted cornbread, writing from Missouri on March 31, 1867, “I have the first cornbread here I ever ate.”
According to wikipedia