Goldens’ Foundry & Machine Co. Shares the Weight on the Kettlebell Shortage


Americans have been forced to exercise some patience during what some have called the dumbbell and kettlebell shortage.

“There’s no dumbbells. Like weights are hard to come by right now,” said Fort Benning Senior Platoon Trainer John Gensburger. “When all of the gyms shut down everyone kind of made a rush to the stores, and I was a little late on that one.”

65 percent of exercise equipment in the United States ships from foundries in China, which has encouraged American companies, like Goldens’ Foundry & Machine Co. in Columbus to get creative.

“We were seeing a similar thing in our cast iron barbecues, that a lot of our competitors bring their things in from China,” said Vice President of Goldens’ Foundry George Boyd, Jr. “So they were similarly effected, but that we currently weren’t making kettlebells or dumbbells.”

Goldens’ Foundry and Machine Co., which was founded in 1882, had made kettlebells in the past, but could not compete with the big companies up north. Now during COVID-19, local foundries were needed to share the weight.

About a month and a half ago, GQ Magazine reporter Alex Shultz was working on an article called ‘Inside the Great Kettlebell Shortage of 2020‘. He called Boyd and asked if they had a plan to help make kettlebells. That was the inspiration Goldens’ Foundry needed to begin selling the tough, old-school strong, durable cast iron again.

“These things come in as steel scrap, and we take that scrap and we melt it in our induction furnaces at very high temperatures,” said Boyd. “We pour that iron in. It fills up that space to make that casting, so every kettlebell is really going to be unique.”

Once the kettlebells are cast and painted, they’re ready to be lifted up and shipped to your home gym.

“Oh man, I get my workout here swinging kettlebells left and right all day,” said Goldens’ Foundry Shipping Assistant Jamar Harris.

George Boyd, Jr. hopes this kettlebell shortage encourages consumers in the future to choose American made products. Goldens’ Foundry is producing 100’s of weights a day, and since April 25, 2020 has sold well over 1,000 of both kettlebells and dumbbells.

“It shows the importance of American made manufacturing and our ability to make things here,” said Boyd. “We’ve had a really big response to it, and because we’re a nimble American manufacturer we were able to change our production over and start making them.”

There’s no exercise excuses. The iron is right here in Columbus. To purchase a kettlebell or dumbbell, order online at

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