Lodge Manufacturing is an internationally-known manufacturer of cast iron cookware, founded more than 120 years ago in South Pittsburg, TN. It is recognized not only has 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 big box stores, hardware stores, specialty retail outlets and through online e-commerce.
For many years, the original Lodge foundry and a 40,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center kept pace with demand, but in the mid-1990's business began to increase dramatically. A foundry expansion was soon followed by construction of a second foundry and a new 212,000 square foot distribution center designed to handle the larger orders associated with the company's traditional channels as well as smaller individual orders generated via e-commerce. Now, with capacity available to support the significant increase in demand, Lodge needed to select the right tools and processes that would enable them to effectively handle incoming inventory from two foundries while efficiently processing orders both large and small.