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Crews begin work on $5M improvement project at Ben Weitsman of Syracuse

By Eric Reinhardt


Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling says a $5 million improvement project is underway at its Ben Weitsman of Syracuse scrap yard in Solvay. (Photo Credit: Zoey Advertising)

SOLVAY — Crews have started work on a $5 million improvement project to renovate and upgrade the property at Ben Weitsman of Syracuse in Solvay. 

The business is a division of Owego–based Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling, which calls itself the “East Coast’s largest privately held scrap-metal processor.”

The work on the Syracuse–area facility, located at 333 Bridge Street in Solvay, started earlier this month and crews should complete their work “within three months,” the company said. 

The work will involve renovations of the existing facilities. It’ll include “several” acres of new paving and green space, storm-water management area with a retention pond, full renovation of the metal shop and maintenance buildings, new office building façade, new fencing and landscaping, and new equipment.

The improvements will “create a location that our neighbors and the community will be proud of,” Adam Weitsman, CEO of Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling, said in a news release.

“When we acquired the yard in Syracuse, it was very outdated, muddy, and needed a lot of work. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, the Syracuse improvements are under way and we are very excited to get all work finished quickly… 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. It comes at a good time with the announcement of the improvements to the State Fairgrounds as well as the brand-new Lakeview Amphitheater being key attractions right near us. We are very happy to be in Syracuse and look forward to serving the area for many years to come,” he explained.

The scrap yard previously operated as a scrap-recycling facility that Weitsman acquired from owner Peter Matlow in 2010. It has “quickly” become one of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling’s “highest customer volume and most profitable yards in the network,” the release stated.

The Solvay property is the latest yard targeted for capital improvements, “which are planned at all Weitsman locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania,” the company added.

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