Weitsman decides on the Southern Tier for new media plant

Weitsman decides on the Southern Tier for new media plant

Machinery works to recycle metal at Upstate Shredding’s Owego, New York facility. (Photo by Wendy Post)

Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling has announced that they will build a new media scrap processing plant in the Southern Tier. There were discussions on building the new operation in western Pennsylvania however, Weitsman has decided after Wednesday’s economic news for the Southern Tier that this area is the best location that will benefit the greatest from the added jobs and revenue.

“I am excited to announce that we will be building a brand new state-of-the-art new media plant in Owego. We had looked at the possibility of putting this in western Pennsylvania, however we feel that we have a great workforce and region right here in the Southern Tier that could use the work and the revenue.  In addition, we will be starting the project with no tax breaks or government incentives and will be using local contractors for all of the construction. We are proud to call this region home and look forward to getting the new plant operational in the next six months,” commented Adam Weitsman, CEO of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling.

The new media plant is a state-of-the-art processing technology that will further process zorba, a shredded mix of non-ferrous metals consisting primarily of aluminum generated by eddy-current separator or other segregation techniques, to separate out the aluminum from the heavies (copper, brass, zinc, and stainless). As the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling estimates it will process more than 100 million pounds of zorba through the new media plant between its Owego and New Castle shredder in 2015.

The plant will be housed in a new 20,000 square foot building, which will be built at 1 Recycle Drive in Owego, N.Y. The technology was purchased from the Wendt Corporation out of Buffalo, New York and will be installed at the newly constructed facility. All machinery has been purchased in New York State and all labor on the project will be local.

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.