Ben Weitsman of Jamestown undergoing $2.5 million renovation project

JAMESTOWN – Ben Weitsman of Jamestown, a division of the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, has begun work on a $2.5 million dollar improvement project.

The scrap yard, which has been a scrap recycling facility for over 100 years, was acquired by Weitsman from Weinstein in the summer of 2010 and has seen a significant increase in sales and customer count each year since the acquisition.

Jamestown is the latest yard to receive capital improvements, which are made at all Weitsman locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

The work on the Jamestown facility, located at 610 W. Eighth St. in Jamestown, commenced on June 28 and includes renovations of the existing facility to include over four acres of new paving and green space, storm water management area with a retention pond, a new 6,000 square foot metal shop building, new office building facade, and four new containment structures.

New curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping will also be installed along West Eighth Street.

Adam Weitsman says the improvements will create a location that neighbors and the community will be proud of.

“We are different than a lot of other scrap recycling companies in that we care about our neighbors and the communities in which we operate. 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 When we acquired the yard in Jamestown, it was very outdated, muddy, and needed a lot of work. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Jamestown improvements have begun and we are very excited to get all of the work finished quickly so that our neighbors and the City of Jamestown have a landmark they can be proud of. 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. We are very happy to be in Jamestown and look forward to serving the area for many years to come,” commented Adam Weitsman, owner of Ben Weitsman of Jamestown.

Weitsman has been credited in the industry with ushering in ‘the new age of scrap yards,’ complete with fully paved yards and brand new buildings, equipment, fencing, and landscaping. The Binghamton and Owego Weitsman facilities were recently renovated and the Albany retail scrap yard and port facility was built as a new operation from the ground up last summer.

Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman, 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.

Upstate received the prestigious 2014 Platts Global Metals Award for top scrap company in the world (public and private) at an awards ceremony in London at the end of May.

The company expects to process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million pounds of nonferrous this year as it continues toward its goal of $1 billion in annual debt free sales.

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