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.
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.
BL Duke is established and the first truck is purchased on October 12, 2000.
BL Duke moved their Corporate Headquarters to 73rd and Oakley in Chicago, Illinois.
BL Duke opened a 5 acre ferrous processing yard in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
BL Duke jumped into the overseas market, purchasing ships to process for scrap metal.
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.
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.
BL Duke acquires B&R Truck and Trailer Repair, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.