Lodge Manufacturing constructs biggest building in Marion County [photos]

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.