About BL Duke

Revolutionizing the recycling industry

BL Duke is a full-service recycling company. Founded in 2000, our forward-thinking team is committed to revolutionizing the scrap metal recycling industry through innovation, game-changing efficiencies, and cutting-edge technology. Today, we’re a mill direct supplier of ferrous and non-ferrous metals that offers convenient recycling facilities to serve you in Forest View, IL and Joliet, IL.

Our Story

Fastest-growing scrap metal recycling company in Chicago area

Recognized as one of Crain’s Fast Fifty in 2015, 2018, and 2019 and an AMM Scrap Company of the Year finalist, BL Duke is the fastest-growing scrap metal recycling service in Chicago.

Our business has realized compound growth, but our commitment to customers hasn’t changed over the years. We closely monitor market trends to offer the most competitive scrap metal prices and build strong relationships through honesty and integrity. Our facilities are designed with safety and efficiency in mind so that we can deliver superior, customized scrap metal recycling programs that involve our customers throughout the process.

And these are just a few reasons why we see 98% repeat customers.

About BL Duke

Awards and recognitions

Our team gets results and has been recognized for our leadership in the industry.
Explore just a few ways we’re revolutionizing the recycling industry.

AMM Award 2018
AMM Award Finalist
Crain's Fast 50
Crain fast 50 2019
Freedom Award
Freedom Award
Freedom Award
Shannon Collins Foundation
Association of Women in the Metal Industry

Our Story

2000BL Duke is Established


BL Duke is established and the first truck is purchased on October 12, 2000.

BL Duke Moves2004


BL Duke moved their Corporate Headquarters to 73rd and Oakley in Chicago, Illinois.

BL Duke Opens Processing Yard2005


BL Duke opened a 5 acre ferrous processing yard in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

 BL Duke Ships Overseas



BL Duke jumped into the overseas market, purchasing ships to process for scrap metal.

2007Belinda Nunez


First full time woman, Belinda Nunez, is hired.

“I’ve kept our accountability charts as a reminder of where we started and how far we’ve come,” says Belinda.

Belinda Nunez

2008BL Duke Machinery Removal


BL Duke’s demolition division is established to assist customers with machinery removal and plant clean-ups. This division quickly grows into a subsidiary taking down buildings, bridges and metal structures.

2009Heaving Hauling Equipment


BL Duke purchases the heavy hauling equipment from Helders Motor Company.  This acquisition adds to BL Duke’s fleet and capacity to move oversize and overweight materials.

2011BL Duke Recycling Locations


BL Duke acquires a 9 acre recycling facility in Forest View, Illinois, where their first ferrous baler is installed.

Later this year, BL Duke also relocates their corporate headquarters to Forest View, Illinois.

2013BL Duke


BL Duke wins Company of the Year from the AWMI – Association of Women in the Metals Industry.  Within the same year, BL Duke is recognized by the City of Forest View and accepts an Award of Appreciation.

2014Salvages River Barge


BL Duke salvages a sunken barge on the Chicago River and is recognized for safely transporting the vessel to a dry dock where it is cut-up and recycled.

2015Lou and Leo


BL Duke’s business doubles in size and earns a spot on Crain’s Fast 50. Within the same year, BL Duke takes their talents to the water and  loads their 1st Barge.

Joliet IL facility2016


BL Duke acquires 30 acres in Joliet, Illinois.

The Joliet acquisition came equipped with dual barge docks, kicking off consistent monthly downriver barge sales.  Two balers are added bringing their total baling capacity to 1500 tons daily. The acquisition also provided rail service making BL Duke’s logistics a triple threat.

2017Customer Portal


Customer Portal is implemented.

BL Duke is recognized and awarded by American NTN Bearing for Continual Improvement and Overall Customer Service.

About BL Duke2018


BL Duke acquires an additional 30 acres west of the Joliet, Illinois property.  The new property hosts the Grand Opening of their 250,000 square foot Non-Ferrous Warehouse.

BL Duke River Terminal (BLDRT) is launched.

BL Duke was named a finalist for Fastmarkets AMM Awards for Steel Excellence in the Scrap Metal Company of the Year category and earns Crain’s Fast 50 once again.

Fabrication department kicks off to maintain BL Duke’s equipment and boxes.

2019AMM Awards

BL Duke is named a finalist for Fastmarkets AMM Awards for Steel Excellence in the Scrap Metal Company of the Year category for the second year in a row.

Another Crain’s Fast 50 recognition is added behind the BL Duke name.

Receives the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest level of recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the National Guard.

2020Shannon Evoy


The Shannon E. Collins Foundation (SECF) was formed. SECF was established to pay Shannon’s many contributions forward and keep her light shining. The foundation assists students with scholarships to help with the cost of attending a private high school, trade school, or university.

Office of Secretary of Defense awards Mark Reilly, VP of Operations, the Patriotic Employer Award.

Marissa Plucinski, VP of Sales, receives Women of Excellence Honorable Mention by Women in Manufacturing (WIM).

Alabama facility2021


An additional 1,200 ft. of rail is extended to their Joliet West facility to allow direct rail access to BLDRT and their non-ferrous warehouse.

BL Duke launches the national account management to better service their customers with facilities outside the Chicago region.

Pucker Machine2022


BL Duke installed and implemented a NEW American manufactured PRAB aluminum pucking operation.

BL Duke acquires two barges to ensure the ability to secure its own equipment.

New Bonfiglioli incline shear is installed.

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