Entries by Shannon Collins

Scrap Forecast – January 2014

The scrap market holiday cheer that began with price increases in November and December will continue into the new year with a fair amount of strength.  A much improved manufacturing sector coupled with a tight supply of scrap metal will come together to push prices up another $5 to $15 per gross ton in January, […]


Update: Chicago’s Red Line Project Completed

In early May 2013, B.L. Duke was contracted to recycle the old Chicago CTA Red Line. B.L. Duke was heavily involved in the beginning phases of the Red Line Reconstruction project. During the demolition phase, not only did B.L. Duke complete their scope of the project on time and on budget, but also reused and […]

A Veteran In the Industry Retires: Rick Albrecht

After years of hard work and dedication, B.L. Duke, although disheartened, is happy to announce the retirement of Rick Albrecht, Maintenance & Special Operations Manager. In early 2009, B.L. Duke purchased the heavy hauling equipment of Helders Motor Company and Rick Albrecht, Helder’s President, came along for the ride, accepting the offer to join the […]


September Scrap Forecast: Much Of The Same

If you have been hoping that September’s scrap market would heat up like the recent weather trend in the Midwest, you are going to be disappointed.  At B.L. Duke we are expecting September’s pricing movement to be soft sideways.  When we forecast the market to be soft sideways we expect prices to remain relatively unchanged […]

Be Red, White, Blue & Green This Fourth of July

Be Red, White, Blue & GREEN this Fourth of July! Here are some ways we suggest being green this holiday: Recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, & paper products Use biodegradable plastic ware or reusable flatware Use propane instead of charcoal when grilling to produce less greenhouse gases Support local farmers For more information on ways […]


July Scrap Market: Reasons to be Hopeful

Finally we are beginning to hear some good news for July’s Scrap Market!  Most everyone in the industry believed May to be the bottom of the market and we were wrong when June’s markets were sideways to down. In the last six months, we have only seen one increase in Chicago’s market. From February to March […]

B.L. Duke Expands Recycling Operations

B.L. Duke has expanded their scrap operations to southwest suburban, Forest View, IL and finalized the installation of a Galland Henning FM-3 Baler.   According to Sean Davidson in the American Metal Market article, Chicago-area Scrap yard completes expansion, “B.L. Duke aims to process 10,000 tons of ferrous scrap at its nine acre facility in Forest […]

B.L. Duke Sponsors Cub Scout’s Pinewood Derby!

B.L. Duke sponsored Cub Scout Pack 4439 at this weekend’s Pinewood Derby!  The BSA Chicago Area Consul Iroquois District, lead the event at St. Symphorosa on Chicago’s Southwest side.  Each of the 50 participating Cub Scouts made an official Boy Scout Pinewood Derby Car.  Over the two day event the troops earned their pinewood derby patch […]