DeKalb Iron & Metal Co. is founded upon a rich history dating back to the early 1900′s. This deep-rooted history is still prevalent in the level of customer service and craftsmanship found at DIMCO today.
In 1918, Michael Mabel, a 20-year old immigrant peddler was traveling by train to Chicago. As the train pulled into DeKalb, Mike saw the bustling landscape of the local industries present in the community. A block from the station, he found a small scrap yard that was established by two WWI vets only a year earlier. He negotiated a price for the fledgling operation, and on July 1, 1918, DeKalb Iron & Coal was born.
Mike made the business a successful operation by providing superior service at a fair price. As the name implies, the company handled coal in addition to scrap iron and metals. During the Depression, some of his customers could not pay him for the coal they needed to heat their homes. Mike understood the desperate situation of his customers and delivered the coal anyway. His dedication and level of service were rewarded with strong customer loyalty.
In 1947, his son-in-law, David Prober, entered the business. Dave, with an engineering degree from the University of Illinois, improved the company by mechanizing the operation. Dave purchased the company in 1954 and started the Metal Service Center that year.
In the 1970′s, Dave’s sons-in-law, Jeff Gorman and Mark Hein joined the company and oversaw many expansion and equipment improvement projects.
Today, DeKalb Iron & Metal provides products and services to customers from coast-to-coast. While DIMCO’s primary area of operation is Northern Illinois, they have provided customers with products and services as far east as Pennsylvania and as far west as California.