New Castle shredder integral in plan for western expansion for Ben Weitsman Scrap Yard

June 2 2013 – A new, state-of-the-art metal shredder and full downstream will be up and running at the new Ben Weitsman scrap yard in New Castle, Pa., in the first quarter of 2014, company president Adam Weitsman announced.

“We’ve spent years building our metals recycling network in western and central New York and northern Pennsylvania into a highly efficient system,” Weitsman, President of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman, said. “We have ambitious goals for our New Castle yard, and this shredder is the first 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 Pennsylvania, Ohio and surrounding states.

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

While smaller than the company’s flagship shredder in Owego, N.Y., the new high-powered auto shredder and downstream built by the Wendt Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., 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.

“Weitsman is one of the fastest growing and most successful processors within the industry,” said Tom Wendt Jr. of the Wendt Corporation, who Weitsman purchased the new shredder and complete nonferrous downstream from. “His commitment to success is unparalleled; he continually pushes the limits of technology, and that makes him an ideal customer for Wendt Corporation.”

The New Castle scrap yard, formerly Ferromet, was acquired in December 2012 by Weitsman at a bankruptcy auction; the facility, located at 256 S. Jefferson St., will be seeing several million dollars’ worth of additional investment, including 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 first shredder outside of the flagship facility in Owego, N.Y., the New Castle location provides access to new markets of scrap and steel manufacturing for the company.

With a dozen scrap yards in New York and Pennsylvania, and one of the most powerful mega-shredders in the world, Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman  includes a new dedicated shipping and export facility at the Port of Albany, set to open in July. The company was ranked as one of the largest scrap companies in North America in 2012 by Recycling Today, is an AMM finalist for Scrap Company of the Year and, in March of 2013, Upstate was named as one of the top scrap & recycling companies in the world by Platts. The company expects to process 1 million tons of ferrous scrap and 200 million pounds of nonferrous scrap by 2014. The company is headquartered in Owego, N.Y.

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