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Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman Acquires New Yard in Hornell

From Hornell Waste:

Continuing an aggressive schedule of expansion throughout the Northeast, Upstate Shredding- Ben Weitsman has acquired the assets of Hornell Waste Material Co. of Hornell, N.Y.

“We do not yet have a location in Steuben County so this acquisition is filling a great need to serve Hornell and the surrounding areas,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding and Ben Weitsman. “With our new export facility at the Port of Albany in full operation and 2nd and 3rd shredders going into Albany and New Castle, we are eager to find new markets for scrap metal.”

Weitsman facilities are located throughout New York and Pennsylvania. New York locations can be visited in Owego (2 locations), Syracuse, Binghamton, Liberty, Jamestown, Albany, Rochester, Ithaca (2 locations) and Allegany. Pennsylvania yards are located in Scranton and New Castle.

Hornell Waste Materials (now known as Ben Weitsman of Hornell), located at 6334 County Route 64 in Hornell, was founded in 1908 and is the oldest recycling business in the Hornell area. For many years, Hornell Waste Material Co. was owned by Myer Spitulnik. Spitulnik, who was born and raised in the Hornell area, graduated Hornell High in 1942 and attended Alfred University. Mr. Spitulnik served in the Navy in World War II and returned home to operate the scrap company in his hometown. He passed away in January 2012, and control of the company passed to his son, Danny Spitulnik.

“This company has been in my family and a fixture in the community for many years. It was very important to us that we only sold to a company that we feel would move this facility forward both for the customers and the residents of Hornell. Weitsman has an outstanding reputation in the industry for fair dealings, keeping existing staff employed as well as creating new jobs for the local area, and ensuring everyone benefits from their being in town,” said Danny Spitulnik. “Our company is pleased to have reached this agreement with Weitsman, and we are confident the community stands to benefit significantly as well.”

The company is located in a region under served by recycling infrastructure, with other facilities located twenty and thirty miles away; having a state-of-the-art facility in Hornell will meet this need as well as stimulate the economy in the local area.
“I have been looking to make an acquisition in this region for some time,” Weitsman said. “We look forward to renovating this yard to the highest of standards to give the Hornell community and its residents a landmark that they can be proud of. Hornell marks our 15th location and we will continue to expand through acquisitions in the Northeast in 2014.”

When adding new scrap yards to the Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman feeder yard network, several millions of dollars are spent bringing new yards up to modern operating standards. Typical improvements include new scrap recycling equipment, renovation of existing facilities, erection of new buildings, paved yards, new fencing, and landscaping to provide a clean operating environment and aesthetically appealing facility. Weitsman has made a name for itself by ushering in the new age of scrap yards which include investing heavily into the facilities to ensure they are no longer an eye sore and inconvenience for the customers and the community.

Over the last few years, Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman has grown aggressively and profitably, more than doubling its geographic market reach since 2011. Recent acquisitions include the assets of Reamer Recycling in Ithaca, NY and Valley Recycling in Allegany, NY, both of which were acquired this Summer. The brisk expansion of the Company is propelled forward by 7 day a week service for customers and the best customer service in the scrap metal recycling industry, which allows the privately-owned scrap company to directly compete with multi-national public companies.
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