Legacy Cast Iron will launch soon on Hospital Road.
Legacy Cast Iron will be established in the former Quick Clean Cleaners location. Owner and CEO Joe Robertson said the company will initially focus on producing one product, a finished cast-iron skillet, but with a twist. Robertson has stages planned for the rollout and ramp-up of his business, and as soon as he’s able the company will be expanding beyond the initial offering.
“In the first stage we will be producing skillets that are machined on the inside for a smooth cooking surface,” Robertson said. “The second stage is we are having software developed for branding for restaurants to have their names put on the bottom.”
The software, which Robertson said has been very technologically challenging and expensive to develop, will allow Legacy Cast Iron to custom-produce skillets for not only commercial entities, but also for individuals to give as gifts.
“The third stage is consumers will be able to log on to our website and create their own custom-designed skillet online and we’ll be able to print it for you,” Robertson said. “So If you wanted Nana’s Kitchen or something like that on there, you could. It will really allow for the creativity of our customers.”
Robertson said the company will start at the location on Hospital Road, with plans to expand once business allows. Equipment has been ordered and the software is still under development, so it will be at least two months before he’s ready to open the doors to customers.
When that happens, expect more unique and exciting developments from the company.
“We’re going to have a safety window where you can watch your skillet being personalized, and then leave with it when you go,” Robertson said.
Red Bay Mayor Charlene Fancher said she was excited about the new business choosing the city. She met with Robertson last summer and got to know him then, and promoted the city as a great place for his business plans.
“I’m thrilled about this,” Fancher said. “This is what progress looks like.”
Robertson said he chose the community for his location as he has longtime friends from the community, and grew to appreciate the area during visits here.
“I met Charlene and Jerry and ultimately just really liked the area,” Robertson said. “It’s a good, clean place and it’s a great fit for us.”
Robertson has been working with various celebrities who he said will be coming to the site to film their own cooking videos using their personalized cookware at a kitchen that will be developed on site, too.
“We already have a lot of interest,” Robertson said.
For more information on the business, go online to www.legacycastiron.com.