United States – After a decade in the planning, rapidly-expanding US scrap processor Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman has put forward a proposal to create a new state-of-the-art scrap metal facility in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The company has acquired land for the facility which will be known as Ben Weitsman of Scranton and which is scheduled to become operational by June 1 this year.In making the announcement, Upstate-Ben Weitsman’s President Adam Weitsman said: ‘For 10 years, we have been looking for opportunities to expand our business into Scranton. Over those years, we evaluated a number of acquisition candidates but none ever materialised. Now we’ve acquired land and are proceeding to construct what will be the finest, most modern scrap metal processing facility in the Scranton area.’
Ben Weitsman of Scranton will serve both retail and wholesale customers bringing all types and sizes of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap to the new facility. The site will offer metal collections across an area with a radius of 120 miles via a new trucking fleet and roll-off containers which can be placed at customer sites.
The new Scranton facility is the latest in a series of company expansion moves. In February, Upstate purchased Genesee Scrap of Rochester, New York, in an all-cash transaction. The site is currently undergoing major renovation, including the installation of a new 10 000 HP Riverside Engineering mega-shredder and a sophisticated downstream non-ferrous metal separation system.
In January, the company acquired Brenner Recycling of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. And since last December, it has acquired scrap metal businesses in Syracuse, Jamestown and Liberty, New York, and in Towanda, Pennsylvania; these have been added to its operations at Binghamton and Ithaca, as well as at two locations in Owego, New York. The company expects shortly to announce another acquisition in the Albany area of New York as it continues an aggressive expansion strategy in the tri-state region.
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