Cast-iron cooking: Charlotte's GRIZZLY Cookware to debut new product line
Nov 2, 2015, 4:59pm EST
Jennifer Thomas, Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal
This isn’t your grandma’s cast-iron skillet.
Charlotte-based GRIZZLY Cookware is looking to carve out its own niche with its line of reimagined cast-iron products.
It will debut a 12-inch cast-iron skillet later this month that captures all of the cookware benefits of cast iron — without the disadvantages of sticking food or the need for seasoning to prevent rust. Redesigned handles make it easier to hold and pour from.
“We recognized the opportunity to create a new line of cast iron cookware that combines the quality craftsmanship of iconic American brands with the innovations afforded by modern technology,” says Kyle Caniglia, president of GRIZZLY.
GRIZZLY skillets are 100% American made. That means skillets are poured at a foundry in Gastonia, before heading to the machine shop down the road. They are then sent to Monroe where they go through GRIZZLY’s proprietary nickel plating process, called NiClad.
That makes it dishwasher safe and offers a smooth cooking surface. The skillet can also go from the open flame of a campfire to the oven or vice-versa.
“When it cooks, it behaves exactly like a cast-iron skillet. You get all of the benefits of cast iron, but being nickel-coated you can put it in the dishwasher,” Caniglia says.
The first cast-iron skillets will be available on GRIZZLY's website after Thanksgiving day. It will have a price tag of $185.
Caniglia notes that's on par with other options in the market.
Plans are to expand that product line with additional sizes of skillets, Dutch oven or grill.
“We do think there’s a pretty big commercial opportunity,” he says.
GRIZZLY is a spin-off of GCP Holdings. Caniglia and several partners formed the veteran-owned company about a year ago that looks to invest in opportunities that are owned or employ veterans. “We’re always looking for companies to invest in or acquire,” he says.
For Caniglia, supporting veterans is a cause that hits close to home. He spent four years on active duty with the Army, including a stint in Bosnia. He then spent 15 years in corporate America filling a number of different roles after leaving the service. “My heart wasn’t in it,” he says.
The entrepreneurial bug caught up with him in earnest about two years ago. (Caniglia notes he’s the son of a small businessman.)
“I did the long route to finally get back,” he says.