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Our Story

Henry H. Kaiser

Henry H. Kaiser founded Lodi Iron Works (LIW) when he began making iron castings in Lodi, California in 1946. This long history is a good indicator of experience, a consistently superior product, decent people to do business with…and more than a little pride.

The Lodi concept of quality began with people who demanded much more in casting performance, dependability and reliable service. Quality has been a tradition for more than 50 years. In 1965, Lodi became a Meehanite licensee and uses this well known quality process in every phase of production of high integrity iron castings. In 1970, Lodi opened a second foundry 15 miles away in Galt, California to meet customers’ needs for stainless steels, carbon steels and special alloys.



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Vickie Van Steenberge

Vickie Van Steenberge, past president, started with Lodi Iron Works in 1947 as a clerk and was a female entrepreneur long before that role enjoyed the cachet it does today. Vickie then assumed the role of President in 1962. In 1992, she was inducted into the Foundry Management & Technology “Hall of Honor” for her distinguished services, and in 1993 became the “Woman of the Year” for California’s 10th Assembly District.

Today, Vickie’s two sons, Kevin and Michael Van Steenberge, run Lodi Iron Works. The company operates two high-tech foundries and ships castings up to 1,500 pounds to customers all over the United States. Industries served include Agriculture, Automotive, Chemical Equipment, Computers, Marine, Military, Mining, Oil Industry, Power Transmission and Machine Tool.


Letter from Kevin Van Steenberge, President.

PresidentWelcome to Lodi Iron Works, Inc.

We are an iron sand cast foundry that produces high quality castings in Meehanite, cast iron, ductile iron, Ni-Resist and High Chrome Iron at the same location since 1946. LIW opened another sand cast facility nearby in 1972 that produces stainless steels and carbon steels. These two facilities house some of the most state-of-the-art fabrication equipment on the West Coast and we invite you to come check it out. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with all of your casting needs.


Kevin Van Steenberge

At Lodi Iron Works, we make castings that exceed your expectations…and ours. Thank you for visiting our website.