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Chicago Heights recycler eyeing land for expansion

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, scrap, Wilkins & Son, Wilkins Rebuilders, Brookfield Iron & Metal, tax delinquent, Chicago Heights, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A Chicago Heights, Ill., metal recycler is looking to acquire land for another expansion by taking advantage of a county initiative that makes tax-delinquent property available.

Wilkins & Son LLC, which has been leasing land, wants to use adjacent property to add a trailer dismantling center. The property also would enable the company to use a rail spur to transport scrap and transload scrap for two publicly traded companies.

The city of Chicago Heights has asked the Cook County Board to approve its request to secure six parcels of land that it will turn over to the recycler through the county’s No Cash Bid program, which is an economic development tool used to assist municipalities in acquiring tax-delinquent property for reuse as private development. The city would benefit by having the tax-delinquent properties returned to the tax rolls.

If approved, it would be Wilkins’ third property expansion in the past two years. The company, which includes Wilkins Rebuilders and Brookfield Iron & Metal, added 50 jobs during its recent expansions, according to Cook County documents.

It is unclear whether any costs are associated with the land acquisition. Neither the recycler nor a Cook County spokeswoman could be reached for comment.

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