Crain’s Chicago Business
A venture affiliated with General Iron Industries, which last summer announced a plan to move from its Clybourn Corridor plant to a newly built facility on the city’s Southeast Side by the end of 2020, won permits from the Chicago Department of Public Health in February for special operating hours that run through February 2022, according to public records. The new waivers were granted two months before the end of the mayor’s term to a venture controlled by Twinsburg, Ohio-based industrial recycling company Reserve Management Group—which is partnering with General Iron to open the new facility—and updated permits set to expire this August, records show.
The Class IVB recycling facility permits for General Iron’s operations at 1441 N. Magnolia Ave., 1909 N. Clifton Ave., 1066 W. North Ave. and 1800 N. Kingsbury St. give members of the clout-heavy Labkon family, which owns the property and business, clearance to continue metal-shredding and other processes on the quickly gentrifying North Branch as it moves forward with its intended relocation. The permits are special waivers, typically renewed for three-year periods, that allow General Iron to operate its shredders from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, longer hours than the 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. rules for most scrap yards.