BL Duke’s demolition division is established to assist it’s manufacturing customers with machinery removal and plant clean-ups. This division quickly grows into a stand alone subsidiary taking down buildings, bridges and metal structures.
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, winning their Award of Appreciation.
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.
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. Out of hundreds of thousands of employers Nationwide, BL Duke is proud to be one of the 15 companies chosen.
The Shannon E. Collins Foundation (SECF) was formed. SECF was formed to pay Shannon’s many contributions forward and keep her light shining. The Foundation assists individuals through scholarships with the cost associated with attending a private high school, trade schools, or university.