B.L. Duke Named One of Crain’s Fast Fifty Companies

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Midwest recycler was recognized as one of Crain’s fastest growing companies with a five year growth of nearly 300 percent

Lou Plucinski, President

“We’re humbled to have made the list among so many notable companies. It’s an honor to be recognized/” said President & CEO Lou Plucinski.

B.L. Duke was chosen as one of Crain’s 2015 Fast Fifty Companies across various industries, including manufacturing, IT, health care, business services and more. Each year, Crain’s releases its Fast Fifty list, which recognizes companies that have shown significant growth over a five-year period.

“We’re humbled to have made the list among so many notable companies. It’s an honor to be recognized,” said President & CEO Lou Plucinski. “I remember not that long ago loading our first truck and today due the tenacity and creativity of our team we’re shipping multiple commodities via barge on a monthly basis.”

B.L Duke has revolutionized the recycling industry. According to Brigid Sweeney of Crain’s Chicago Business, “B.L. Duke was recognized because the company has grown nearly 300 percent over the past five years by recycling metal, plastic and cardboard refuse, processing it and selling it to steel mills and end consumers.”

The recycling company’s rapid growth can also be attributed to its diversification.

“To be successful in our industry you have to operate in three different industries—service, manufacturing and transportation. We’ve proven to our customers that we do all of these things well,” stated Mark Reilly, Vice President of Operations. “We’re constantly looking for ways to revolutionize how we do business.”

B.L. Duke operates a nine acre scrap processing facility strategically located in Forest View, IL near I-294 and I-55 with water access to the Chicago River. Their service area spans a 200 mile radius of the Chicagoland area. B.L. Duke recently invested in the latest technology in scrap management software which creates a new level of communication and transparency with their customers.

B.L. Duke delivers customized recycling programs with game changing efficiencies. Established in 2000, we’ve integrated recycling, logistics and demolition to deliver programs that streamline operations. Learn more about B.L. Duke at http://www.blduke.com.

For a fresh look at your recycling program contact B.L. Duke at 773.778.3000 or info(at)blduke(dot)com.

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