About Aurora Tallow
For over 50 years, we’ve strived to make a difference, by offering a convenient, necessary service that benefits our community and our environment. We’re proud to say that our customers know they can count on us.
Our Core Values
Aurora Tallow has built a reputation for unrivaled service and attention to detail in our industry.
Restaurants and other food service companies in the Chicagoland area choose us because we offer things many competitors simply don’t:
We began as underdogs in 1971. Ray’s son, Jim, became his right hand man helping build and operate the family business at age 17. They faced tough competition from big industry names, but Ray was never one to back down from a challenge. Instead, he focused on the basics: dealing with customers honestly and providing quality, reliable service. As his reputation grew, so did the business – steadily and surely. Today, Aurora Tallow proudly celebrates 50 years of service.
In 1984, Jim and Ray opened a local oil recycling plant, ensuring all waste oil is sustainably recycled and responsibly upcycled.
We’ve since grown to become a well-established industry leader. But we’ve never lost sight of what really counts: hard work and outstanding customer service. Furthermore, all our work is done on American soil – nothing gets shipped overseas.
We’re pleased to say this strategy has paid off!
Since those first days, Jim has upgraded and modernized our equipment. We’re also environmentally friendly; our local grease recycling plant is EPA-certified, and Jim is EPA-certified for land application of the waste water the process generates. Click here to learn more about the green process we use in our facility!
Aurora Tallow is second-generation family-owned, with the third generation also involved in the management of the company. Jim personally keeps a close eye on all of our operations, to make sure business is always done right. You’ll especially notice our work ethic with our drivers, many of whom have been with Aurora Tallow for over a decade. Our drivers develop good working relationships with our customers, and they’ve built our reputation for treating the customer right.
We hold several credentials with both the EPA and the Department of Agriculture:
All Aurora Tallow trucks are licensed through the Department of Agriculture. Aurora Tallow is licensed for fat & bone removal through the Department of Agriculture. Aurora Tallow holds an EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for land application of waste water. Jim Hruby is an EPA-licensed waste water treatment operator.