updated 1/19/2011 8:18:12 AM ET 2011-01-19T13:18:12

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since William McKinley was elected president of the United States, Lodge Cast Iron Manufacturing has been making cookware in Pittsburgh, Tennessee. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, the company is still manufacturing iron cookware, and remains family owned and operated by the founder's great-grandsons.

Public Relations Manger Mark Kelly said, "In the last three years sales during the recession, Lodge have never been busier. With the state of the economy, more families are now cooking at home to survive the recession. Lodge cooks better than anything else, because cast iron is porous, and the carbon molecules hold in the seasoning. This makes a great product for cooking healthy and eating fat free."

Cooks are swapping-out from non-stick to more durable cast iron for health reasons. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates a link between non-stick Teflon-coated cookware and potential harm to unborn fetuses, including birth defects.  Even low-level exposure to these chemicals, ingested by the mother during the prenatal period – a time of rapid growth for the fetus - can pose long-term side effects.

Simply scanning the current economic recession reports reveals why the American manufacturing sector is down, and the economy remains delicate.  Most of the products sold today come from China.  Consumers have a choice however, and many are deciding to make a difference to help shift our economy in the right direction.  And now, during a recession, manufacturers realize they need to work at quality if they are going to increase growth and market share in the U.S. economy.

During the recession of 1895 the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) rose to meet the same demand. The U.S. economy was in the midst of a deep recession and many of the nation's manufacturers saw a strong need to export their products to other countries. One of NAM's earliest efforts was to call for the creation of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

NAM was launched to promote American exports and trade policies to the public. In the 13 years that followed founding NAM spent more than $15 million to inform the American public about the vital role manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy. Collective efforts from NAM helped bring the recession to an end by promoting American made products at home.

Much of our products now imported from China are largely disposable, poorly made, and increasingly a long-term health concern for Americans.

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the national unemployment dropped to 9.4 percent in December. These reports indicate that the recession is still not over, and will not be for quite some time.

In short, our national health is a growing concern in more ways than one, and American manufacturing plays a vital role in the U.S. economy.

CONTACT: Marian Anthony

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