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Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman to build new wire chopping plant

A state-of-the-art wire chopping facility will bring 10 additional jobs to Owego, New York, according to Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman.

The new $6 million facility, being built in Owego, will feature a wire chopping plant installed by the Wendt Corporation of Tonawanda, New York, and purchased from MTB Recycling of Trept, France. A new 100,000 sq.ft. nonferrous warehouse is being built to handle the additional flow of nonferrous material into Owego, New York.

“With this investment, we will be able to increase our profits and further process more valuable materials from the automobiles and other insulated wires we are currently selling to others,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman.

The plant will process copper, aluminum and lead coated wire from Upstate Shredding and all Ben Weitsman feeder yards. The company will also purchase insulated copper and aluminum, aluminum copper radiators and lead coated wire on the open market from dealers in the Northeast and Canada. In addition, the company will purchase insulated wire from other shredders.

All of the material – from the company’s own shredders, feeder yards and materials purchased on the market – will be chopped into pure metals, which can then be sold on the open market. This refined material is highly marketable throughout the world.

The four stage process for an MTB chopping line is fully automated and is capable of separating the various components of the cable to pure metal – 99.7 percent to 100 percent pure aluminum and 98 percent to 99.9 percent pure copper.

A chopping line has four components. First is a pre-chopping process, raw feedstock of wire and cables are fed into a system that shreds or chops wires into consistent lengths. Next is granulation, when material from the pre-chopper is stripped of insulation. A third step, separation, divides recyclable metals from insulation materials, and finally in the last step, the materials are sorted and loaded into containers for resale.