History

History

Our business model is built on a foundation of service, innovation, market expertise, and professional integrity. The strength of the Cozzi family has created one of Chicago’s and the Midwest’s most trusted and fastest growing full-service scrap metal recycling companies.

Cozzi Iron and Metal

The Cozzi name is synonymous with scrap metal recycling in Chicago and the Midwest. What began as a rag and junk business founded by Frank Sr. and Frank Cozzi in 1945, grew to be the largest scrap metal recycling company in the Midwest.

In the early 1960s, Frank Cozzi and Sons began putting an emphasis on scrap metal recycling, collecting excavation and demolition steel for scrap processing. The firm continued to grow in the Chicago area, gradually devoting all of its resources to scrap processing. By 1965, Frank Cozzi and Sons was targeting manufacturers’ scrap metal for recycling and became Cozzi Iron & Metal.

Following the death of his father, Albert Cozzi became president of the company and under his leadership Cozzi Iron & Metal claimed its place as the largest scrap metal recycling operation in Chicago and the Midwest. By the mid 1990’s, through acquisition and organic growth, Cozzi Iron and Metal owned and operated ten scrap processing facilities in Chicagoland, as well as full service scrap processing facilities in Memphis, TN, Monongahela, PA, and Phoenix, AZ.

1997 saw Cozzi Iron and Metal become a publicly traded company by merging with Metal Management.

In 2006, the Cozzi family started a new venture forming Cozzi Consulting Group. Cozzi Consulting Group serves generators of scrap and recycling companies in all capacities of expertise.

Naturally, doing what it does best, Cozzi Consulting Group, while working with a Chicago area client, was offered an opportunity at ownership of the company that is known today as Cozzi Recycling.