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 countys 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