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Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling announced the construction of a new, multi-million-dollar scrap recycling and retail steel service center just outside of Ithaca, New York.


The operation will feature new buildings, cutting edge equipment, storm water runoff systems, a retention pond and other measures to enhance air quality and conserve soil and water. Adam Weitsman, the company’s chief executive officer, said it also plans to improve truck traffic inside the city and maintain development on the water and throughout the area.


The decision to construct a new scrap facility follows conversations with a development group that had approached Upstate company officials regarding the current location of the Weitsman New Steel facility in Ithaca. The company also leases the adjacent land for its recycling operation. 


Attractive offers from the development group that pinpointed proximity to water for the new location, are being considered, according to company officials.


After construction is complete and the facility is operational, change of ownership will occur. The recycling center intends to situate outside of Ithaca, which will help ease traffic in the city and offer convenience for Weitsman trucks and other scrap and new steel center customers.


Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling manages 17 facilities with almost 400 employees within New York and Pennsylvania. Weitsman Recycling processed about 1mn mt of ferrous scrap and 250mn lb (113,400mt) of nonferrous scrap in 2019.

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