Weitsman to expand New York port facility

Albany Port District Commission allows scrap metal recycler to acquire more land.

February 25, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
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The Albany  Port District Commission has voted unanimously in favor of Ben Weitsman of Albany LLC  purchasing additional land at its facility at New York's Port of Albany. The commission voted 5-0 in favor of Weitsman.

The new 12-acre site is on the same road as Ben Weitsman of Albany’s current 18-acre retail scrap yard and port facility, which opened in August of 2013.

“We are very pleased with the decision in our favor by the Albany Port District Commission," says Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman. "We love being in the capital district and look forward to continuing to grow, add jobs and help those within the community."

According to the company, several companies bid on the facility, previously home to Hudson River Recycling/Sims, including the recycling companies Rensselaer Iron and Steel Inc. and Materials Recovery Co.

Weitsman says the new site will enable the current Ben Weitsman yard to expand its operations and provide additional space for the installation of a new auto shredder and full eddy current separation and downstream system, which are currently under construction.

“The new shredder will be operational in April of [2014], and it couldn’t come at a better time as we continue to acquire new yards and expand our footprint in the region. Our Albany location continues to grow in customers and scrap volume so having the extra space fits in very well with our current plan for new acquisitions,” adds Weitsman.

Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman acquired the assets of Capitol Scrap Metal Co., a family-owned and operated scrap yard, early in 2014. The company merged the operations of Capitol Scrap, located near the current Ben Weitsman retail scrap yard, to create its Port of Albany facility.