Posted at: 08/10/2013 9:10 PM
By: Dan Bazile
ALBANY - A scrap metal company that is described as one of the largest on the East Coast, opened up a new facility at the Port of Albany.
Cars were no match for a massive claw at the Port of Albany. It only took minutes for the large excavator to rip through the vehicles as if they were toys.
It's the new upstate shredding, Ben Weitsman Scrap Metal Operation that opened up this morning.
Ben Weitsman says, "We have 12 different scrap operations. Two different shredding operations."
They're scattered all over New York State and Pennsylvania.
Weitsman says, "After we shred it in our Owega facility, we get out all the copper, the aluminum, the wire, the steel, everything that's in the car gets recycled."
The recycling aspect makes the business a little more in style with today's green movement, according to company owner Adam Weitsman. The scrap metal business has been around since the 1800's.
Weitsman says he started Upstate Shredding in the mid 90's. After the growing pains, the company is expanding and Albany was a strategic move.
"The company grew enough that we definitely needed access to the water and this was a perfect fit here in Albany," says Weitsman.
Access to the water now gives Weitsman the opportunity to do more business in the U.S. and the overseas market like India and China.
The new facility is also creating about 40 to 60 local jobs in management, equipment operators, drivers and other labor work. Weitsman says he plans to open up smaller locations that will create even more jobs.
All the money from the 15 million dollar investment came from private funds.