Scrap metal fa­cil­ity to add shred­der

Equip­ment will be able to process 80 tons an hour

Albany Times Union - - BUSINESS - By Eric An­der­son

Scrap metal pro­ces­sor Ben Weits­man of Al­bany will in­vest $10 mil­lion to add a 3,000-horse­power shred­der and sup­port­ing equip­ment, the com­pany an­nounced Thurs­day.

The shred­der will be the com­pany’s third. The oth­ers are lo­cated in Owego and in New Cas­tle, Pa.

While Adam Weits­man, CEO of Up­state Shred­ding-weits­man Re­cy­cling, said the Al­bany shred­der isn’t the com­pany’s largest, it’s a newer gen­er­a­tion that is qui­eter and more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

The in­vest­ment comes as the re­cy­clables mar­ket is soft­en­ing in the wake of cut­backs by China. Weits­man said that just 10 per­cent of the com­pany’s scrap metal is headed over­seas. He also said that while the mar­ket has “weak­ened some­what,” it’s also cycli­cal.

The Al­bany fa­cil­ity, which em­ploys 50, is the fourth busiest of Weits­man’s 17 yards, all in New York or Penn­syl­va­nia.

Pre­vi­ously, Weits­man hauled scrap metal from Al­bany to the Owego shred­der by truck. “This will cut down on truck traf­fic in the port,” he said.

While the new shred­der is smaller than the 10,000 horse­power Owego shred­der, it nev­er­the­less can shred up to 80 tons of scrap ma­te­rial in an hour, the com­pany says.

Weits­man said the Port of Al­bany, where the com­pany is a ten­ant, of­fers flex­i­ble trans­port op­tions. “We can go by rail, truck, barge do­mes­ti­cally or deep-wa­ter ex­port,” he said.

The shred­der, be­ing built by San An­to­nio-based River­side En­gi­neer­ing, will be in op­er­a­tion by Jan­uary, Weits­man said.

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