Ben Weitsman undertakes renovation project

Ben Weitsman undertakes renovation project

Company will spend $5 million to “beautify” its Syracuse, New York-area facility.


Ben Weitsman of Syracuse, a division of Owego, New York-based Upstate Shredding, has begun work on a $5 million improvement project to upgrade its facility in Solvay, New York. The scrap yard was acquired by Weitsman in 2010 and has quickly become one of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling’s highest customer volume and most profitable yards in the network. 

The company says the Syracuse-area facility is the latest yard to receive capital improvements, which are being made at all Weitsman locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania. The goal of the improvements involves improving the aesthetic appeal of the yard, according to the firm.

The work on the Solvay facility began in early April 2018; plans call for all work to be finished within three months. The renovation will include several acres of new paving and green space, a stormwater management area with a retention pond, full renovation of the metal shop and maintenance buildings, a new office building façade, new fencing and landscaping and some new equipment. 

“We care about our neighbors and the communities in which we operate,” says Adam Weitsman, president of the company. “I have a family and come from a small town, so I know how important quality of life is for a region and its residents. When we acquired the yard in Syracuse, it was very outdated, muddy, and needed a lot of work. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, the Syracuse improvements are underway and we are very excited to get all work finished quickly so that our neighbors and the Village of Solvay have a landmark they can be proud of.”

Continues Weitsman, “This project will eliminate the eyesore of dilapidated buildings, the dust, and the mud as well as add full environmental controls.  The community will be amazed at what they see when this is finished, the facility will be beautiful.  It comes at a good time with the announcement of the improvements to the State Fairgrounds as well as the brand-new Lakeview Amphitheater being key attractions right near us. We are very happy to be in Syracuse and look forward to serving the area for many years to come.”

Weitsman indicates the firm already has renovated its facilities in Binghamton, Jamestown and Owego, New York.