Weitsman bolsters operations and security with hiring of Chief Operations Officer / Chief Security Officer

Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling has announced that they have hired a long time veteran in the fields of operations and security. James M. Land has been hired as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) / Chief Security Officer (CSO) and will spearhead operational improvements and security protocol as the company continues to aggressively expand throughout the Northeast. The hire comes on the heels of ten new yards that Weitsman has built or acquired over the last few years. Mr. Land will begin his new position on Dec. 1.

“As we have continued to expand our footprint in New York and Pennsylvania, it is important that every yard operates to the highest level of standards for both our customers and the local community. We are in the process of identifying additional locations for new yards as we get ready to open our second shredder and retail/wholesale scrap yard in New Castle, Pennsylvania in early 2015. The experience at every one of our yards, from the minute a customer walks in until the minute they leave, needs to be exceptional and Mr. Land will help us to continue to achieve this for every one of our customers despite our aggressive growth strategy and plans over the next several years,” commented Adam Weitsman, CEO of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling.

As COO and CSO, Mr. Land will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations and security. In these roles, he will serve as a member of the corporate management team contributing to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices to strengthen organizational excellence and ensure that industry standards are exceeded. He will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the organization’s corporate security vision, strategy and programs as well as the security of physical assets and information in both physical and digital form. He will also be directly involved in all aspects of the operation of all facilities providing oversight and leadership, ensuring that the highest levels of ethical conduct and professional standards are maintained by all company personnel at all times.  Mr. Land will also work hand-in-hand with all state and local law enforcement agencies to prevent the sale of stolen scrap metal and assist in the apprehension of those selling stolen goods.

Prior to joining Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, Mr. Land proudly served the people of the State of New York as a sworn member of the New York State Police for over 27 years. During his law enforcement career he rose through the ranks of Trooper, Investigator, Sergeant, Sergeant – Station Commander, Lieutenant and Captain where he gained vast investigative experience in all aspects of law enforcement, as well as, vast supervisory and leadership experience at all levels of management and command.  Mr. Land was decorated with three Superintendent Commendation Awards during his law enforcement career with the New York State Police.

James Land holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Brockport, New York, and an Associate‘s degree from Broome Community College.  He is also a graduate of the New York State Police Academy, as well as, numerous advanced supervisory and leadership schools designed to mentor and assist employee’s in mastering their performance.

Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, operating 15 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.  The company will process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million pounds of nonferrous metal in 2014. Weitsman was recently honored as the top scrap recycling company in the world by Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill and the premier resource for metals and mining worldwide.

For more information on the company, please visit www.upstateshredding.com.