Oh, cornbread is just the best in an iron skillet! There's no other way to get that beautiful, browned crust!
The Lodge company based in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, is still in business and they make their cast iron right there. I have one of their Lodge Logic pre-seasoned pans. It is wonderful. It comes with that great surface already on the pan! They cost a little more than the regular non-seasoned pans, but the convenience is worth every penny! I love my cast iron pan. I also like the "helper handle" on the opposite side of the actual handle. Makes it much easier to carry. I'll deal with the weight. Cast iron is a necessity in my kitchen!