On March 20, 2020 the State of Illinois issued an Executive Order in response to COVID-19. This Executive Order determined certain industries and businesses as essential to the State of Illinois. As defined in the Order, General Iron is an essential business and therefore will continue to operate and follow the recommendations of the CDC, including but not limited to increased sanitation measures for all employees and social distancing.

Facts About General Iron

In response to recent inquiries from neighbors about General Iron’s operations along the North Branch of the Chicago River, the fact is that metal shredding and recycling is a vital and necessary business that,
at times, is also gritty. While we welcome questions and concerns about our facility, we would like to address the substantial misinformation that is being spread about us in the neighborhood, which we have also called home for more than a half-century.

General Iron has served the metal recycling needs of Chicago for 110 years and currently employs approximately 125 individuals, predominantly minorities earning an average annual salary of $80,000. Metal recycling is a critical element of solid waste management, and keeping discarded autos,
appliances, and demolition materials out of landfills helps make Chicago a green, sustainable city, while conserving energy and natural resources.

We understand that the neighborhood around General Iron is changing and that is why the company signed an agreement with the City of Chicago to end operations at the north side facility at the end of 2020. In the meantime, we have spent millions of dollars in recent years to ensure that our operation fully complies with, or outperforms, applicable environmental regulations enforced by the City of Chicago and the Illinois EPA and the U.S. EPA. The agreement with the city imposes strict oversight of General Iron’s activities, including limiting the shredder to operating between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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