Foundry workers catch molten iron in ladles at the Magic Chef foundry, previously Dixie Foundry, in the 1970s. The photo is part of a new exhibit, "Heating Up! The Story of Stoves," which opens to the public Friday at Museum Center at Five Points.

"Heating Up! The Story of Stoves" will open to the public on Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St. in Cleveland, Tenn.

The new exhibit is a nod to Cleveland's manufacturing history. July 2017 will mark 100 years since Dixie Foundry lit its furnaces and drew "first heat."

Although the company began in the fall of 1916, it came alive in 1917 through the persistence and determination of Bradford Rymer and countless others, according to a museum release. Through this exhibit, visitors will learn about Cleveland's Dixie Foundry and how it progressed to become known nationally and internationally as Magic Chef.

"We are focusing the exhibit on Hardwick Stove and Dixie/Magic Chef and how they came to be owned by Whirlpool Corp.," says Emma-Leigh Evors, curator of collections.

"We certainly could not tell the stove story of Cleveland without talking about Brown Stove Works Inc. as well. So we will touch on all of Cleveland's own appliance and stove manufacturers, looking at the history, the people and stoves that created them."

The exhibit is sponsored by Whirlpool Corp. It will remain on display through Oct. 28.

An opening reception will be held this evening, June 8, at 6 p.m. for museum members only.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Groups of 12 or more are $4 each. Admission is free for museum members.

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