Expanded Logistics

Unrivaled Efficiencies: Barge, Rail, Shipping Container, & Truck

BL Duke is the only privately owned recycling company in Chicago-land with the ability to transport by barge, rail, and truck. Transportation efficiencies allow us to pay more for your scrap metal, and ensure the highest levels of sustainability and safety.  

Barge Transportation

Rail Transportation

1. Transportation Efficiency

BL Duke employs rail transportation, recognized for its unparalleled cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. This mode of transportation extends the company’s ability to manage large volumes of scrap metal efficiently.

2. Infrastructure and Capacity

The operation includes two Class 1 rail spurs serviced by the Canadian National Railway (CN), linking directly to BL Duke’s facilities. These facilities encompass a 69-acre scrap metal site and a 250,000 square foot non-ferrous warehouse in Joliet, IL. The infrastructure supports the storage of up to 15 railcars at any given time.

3. Strategic Reach

Rail transport is strategically utilized by BL Duke to reach mills and foundries located outside of the Midwest, areas not accessible via barge or truck. This capability allows the company to expand its market reach and serve a broader customer base, enhancing logistical flexibility and operational efficiency.

Shipping Containers

Truck Transportation

1. Enhanced Logistics Capabilities

BL Duke has elevated its logistics services with a robust fleet of 110 trucks, ensuring comprehensive coverage and responsiveness. This fleet is supported by 24-hour pick-up service and advanced GPS route insight, which optimizes logistics efficiency and reliability.

2. Support Infrastructure

The operation is enhanced by on-site maintenance and fabrication departments, which ensure that all equipment is kept in peak condition, minimizing downtime and extending service capabilities. This infrastructure supports the fleet’s readiness and adaptability to various logistical demands.

3. Specialized Transport Services

BL Duke’s experienced dispatch team plays a crucial role in ensuring that customer needs and mill commitments are met efficiently. The company also specializes in handling challenging logistics such as oversized, overweight, and heavy haul loads, showcasing its capability to manage complex transport scenarios effectively.

Unrivaled Facility

Optimized Logistics

We have significantly streamlined our logistics between our Forest View and Joliet, IL locations by utilizing our company-owned, dedicated barges. This strategy removes approximately 200 trucks from the roads each month. The establishment of our Forest View barge dock in late 2023 was crucial in enhancing our logistical operations, leading to increased safety, reduced fuel consumption, and improved overall efficiency.

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