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The town of Cadillac, Michigan has a long and storied manufacturing history, and Cadillac Casting, Inc., has been a big part of it, designing and producing a wide variety of complex and safety-critical components for the automotive industry and other industrial clients since the 1920s. This reputable, privately owned foundry employs 400 highly skilled workers, and they seamlessly took on the job of producing our USA Olympic Plates (10LB and up) along with many of our new Deep Dish Plates and Kettlebells. Cadillac uses Ductile Iron, aka nodular cast iron, which contains strong graphite nodules that give it a superior tensile strength and corrosion resistance well suited to automotive components, wheels, gearboxes, machine frames, and, as no exception, weightlifting plates. Tolerance: +2% / -0%
OSCO Industries has operated foundries in South-Central Ohio for nearly 150 years. Serving a wide variety of industrial markets from air conditioning and refrigeration to automotive, power-transmission equipment, and pumps & valves, the team at OSCO have also been integral in our efforts to bring cast iron equipment manufacturing back to the US. They currently produce all of our small USA Olympic Change Plates (0.25LB, 0.5LB, 1LB, 2.5LB, and 5LB) using Class 30 Grey Iron. This is the same highly durable cast iron often found in industrial strength frying pans, manhole covers, diesel engine blocks, gearboxes, and machine tool parts. Tolerance: +2% / -0%
Each Rogue USA Olympic Plates features precision machining on the back of the plate, the center hub, the outside rim, and the front facing of that rim. This unique 4-surface machining process ensures that the plates fit tightly on the bar, are uniform in diameter, and sit flush against each other when loaded. The chamfered center hub also makes it easy to get the plates onto the bar, with the machining ensuring a snug but not overly tight fit.
We designed these plates with a narrow width (from 0.76” in the 10LB plate to 1.05” in the 55LB plate), comparable to our Rogue Calibrated Steel Powerlifting Plates. This, along with the flush connections enabled by the machined backs of the plates, opens up substantial additional loading space on the bar.
The casting expertise of Cadillac and OSCO gives each plate crisp detailing and a clear separation between the embossed Rogue branding, weight indications, and “Made in the USA” lettering. The look is then completed with an E-Coat finish, an electrically-applied paint coating that was initially developed for the automotive industry due to its excellent adhesion, even coverage, and corrosion resistance. As a wet application, E-coat goes on thinner than a powder coat finish, resulting in a smooth feel that retains more of the natural grit of the casting.
Our USA Olympic Plates are sold in pairs and available in the following weight increments: 55LB: 17.72" (450mm) diameter, 1.05” (26.75mm) width 45LB: 17.72" (450mm) diameter, 0.89” (22.75mm) width35LB: 15.75" (400mm) diameter, 0.88” (22.5mm) width 25LB: 12.80" (325mm) diameter, 0.93” (23.75mm) width 10LB: 9.0” (229mm) diameter, 0.80” (20mm) width 5LB: 7.5” (190mm) diameter, 0.57” (14.5mm) width 2.5LB: 6.3" (160mm) diameter, 0.45" (11.5mm) width 1LB: 5.3" (135mm) diameter, 0.30" (7.5mm) width 0.5LB: 4.4" (112mm) diameter, 0.26" (6.5mm) width 0.25LB: 4.21" (107mm) diameter, 0.18" (4.5mm) width.