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David Seiler (left), an account executive with Gershow Recycling, joins members of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe at the “Metal for Tesla” event in Shoreham, New York. Also pictured, left to right, are: Douglas Borge, chief operating officer of TSCW; Paul Rosa, a volunteer; Eugene Genova, TSCW board member; and Dan Black, Judy Black, Jeff Brown and Karl Sidenius, volunteers.
Photo provided by Gershow Recycling and PRMG New York.

Gershow event yields 15 tons of scrap

Long Island scrap firm collects metal to help fund a campus cleanup.

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Medford, New York-based Gershow Recycling sponsored and helped conduct a scrap metal collection event in March to raise money to support the renovation of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) in Shoreham, New York.

The currently vacant Wardenclyffe property on Long Island once served as a laboratory for inventor and entrepreneur Nikola Tesla. The site has been purchased by a crowd-funded organization that wants to see the building and campus become a regional science and technology center or a museum.

Gershow Recycling’s “Metal for Tesla” March 20 fundraiser resulted in the collection of 30,000 pounds (15 tons) of scrap metal. Through the fundraiser and donations made by Gershow, $9,500 was raised to support TSCW. Proceeds went to support renovations at the Wardenclyffe property.

In addition to its sponsorship of the event, Gershow Recycling provided the use of a scrap metal container and handed out hats, magnets, sweatshirts and brochures to those in attendance, says the firm.

Since 2013, the company has provided scrap metal containers for TSCW as part of its efforts to help the non-profit organization renovate Wardenclyffe. Plans for the property include a Tesla museum, an Education and Visitor Center with space to host community workshops and an innovation center for startup companies to help launch their businesses.

Gershow Recycling operates nine scrap yards in the New York city area, including an auto shredding plant in Medford.