Ben Weitsman wins top award for scrap & recycling at 2014 Platts Global Metal Awards

New York based scrap metal recycler Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman of Jamestown has been named the world’s leader in scrap & recycling by Platts, the premier international publication in the recycling industry.

Adam Weitsman, owner of Ben Weitsman of Jamestown located at 610 W. Eighth St. in Jamestown, believes this award is a great honor and testament of his company’s commitment to exceptional operations and dynamic growth strategies. Adam Weitsman along with company officials were on hand to accept the award at the ceremony Wednesday, May 21 in London.

“This recognition is one of the top moments of my career. To have been selected as the winner when international judges are reviewing companies, public and private, from all over the world is an astonishing accomplishment. I am truly humbled and still in a state of disbelief this was certainly an underdog story, especially with all of the goliaths of the industry worldwide that were in the room and whom we were up against for the award. I would like to thank everyone within my company as well as Platts,” Weitsman said.

Platts, a part of the McGraw Hill Companies, is a leading global resource of information on the energy, petrochemicals, metals, and agriculture markets. The publication is a premier source of benchmark price assessments for those commodity markets. Weitsman was one of five finalists for the Platts “Industry Leadership – Scrap & Recycling” award for 2014. The annual gala black-tie event “is a competitive awards program honoring excellence and accomplishments in the global metals industry,” according to the Platts website.

Nominees were considered from all across the globe. Judges selecting the finalists and winner of each category carefully examine the finalists’ achievements, financial results, leadership, integrity, job growth, and operational excellence before announcing which companies are considered to be the industry leaders.

“By making sound decisions and by assembling some of the hardest working people in the scrap industry, we’ve had an amazing period of growth,” Weitsman said. “Our success will continue for many years to come, and being named the winner of this prestigious award is recognition of that effort.”

The video of the presentation of the award to Weitsman can be viewed at

Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman of Jamestown, the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, has grown to 18 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania and is home to one of the most powerful mega shredders in the world. The company expects to process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million pounds of nonferrous this year as it continues towards its goal of $1 billion in annual debt free sales.

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