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Ben Weitsman upgrades with new shredder in Albany

A new metal shredder and full downstream has been purchased and will be up and running at the new Ben Weitsman scrap yard and port facility in Albany, New York, in April, 2014, company owner Adam Weitsman announced. The new project represents a total investment of $25 million and will be funded privately through the company – no government assistance will be requested.

“We’ve spent years building our metals recycling network in New York and Pennsylvania into a highly efficient system,” Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman, said. “We have ambitious goals for our Albany yard, and this shredder is the next step in putting that plan of expansion into motion.”

The company expects to spend several million dollars in the region over the next several years to create and develop a new recycling network of yards in the Capital region and surrounding states to feed the new shredder.

“It took us years to build up our feeder yard system around our Owego shredder and this new shredding location, in addition to our shredder in New Castle which will be operational in the second quarter of 2014, will be the launching pad of the next phase of our expansion,” Weitsman said. “We’ve examined the markets surrounding the Albany facility, and we plan to make several new acquisitions of scrap yards in the region to develop the network of yards to feed the Albany shredder.”

While smaller than the company’s flagship shredder in Owego, New York, the new high-powered auto shredder and downstream built by the Wendt Corporation of Buffalo, New York, includes several technological advances to ensure maximum recycling value. These systems include separation technologies to recover wire, plastics, nonferrous metals and other materials such as fines. Recent advances in shredding technology make it possible to divert even more recyclable material from landfills.

In May 2013, the company announced the site of the second shredder being built in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The New Castle scrap yard, formerly Ferromet, was acquired in December 2012 by Weitsman at a bankruptcy auction; the facility is seeing several million dollars’ worth of additional investment, including the demolition of old buildings and erection of new ones, full paving of the facility and brand new equipment.

As the site of the company’s second shredder outside of the facility in Owego, the New Castle location provides access to new markets of scrap and steel manufacturing for the company. The third shredder in Albany will further expand access to new markets through the installation of metal processing technology housed in the Capital region.