Lodge Manufacturing is an internationally known manufacturer of cast iron cookware, founded more than 120 years ago in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, USA. It is recognised, not only as one of America’s oldest continuously operating cookware companies, but also as an industry innovator, being the first to introduce pre-seasoned cookware to the market. Today, the company’s products are shipped worldwide and sold through superstores, hardware stores, specialist retail outlets and e-commerce.
With the help of local Crown dealer, The Bailey Company, and warehouse design expertise from Crown, Lodge Manufacturing selected an entirely new fleet of forklift trucks designed to perform specific tasks associated with the new warehouse design. The company selected Crown’s TSP Series turret trucks to replenish and retrieve the heavy cast iron cookware in its narrow aisle, high-bay facility. The RC Series stand-up counterbalance trucks are used on the docks for loading and unloading as well as in the racks for replenishment. Crown’s MPC Series multi-purpose forklift provided an ergonomically friendly order-picking solution that enables operators to adjust the pallet height to avoid back and shoulder strain. While Lodge managers were familiar with the durability of Crown forklifts, they also solicited input from operators who praised the manoeuvrability, visibility and comfort afforded by the new fleet.