The project to improve the conditions around Ben Weitsman of Jamestown has started.
The $2.5 million improvement project started on June 28. The project is being fully funded by the Weitsman company. The work at the Jamestown facility, located at 610 W. Eight St., Jamestown, will renovate the scrap yard with more than 4 acres of new blacktop and green space to eliminate the dusty environment currently surrounding the business. The project will also include a retention pond for stormwater management, a new 6,000-square-foot metal shop building, a new office building facade and four new containment structures. New curbs, sidewalks and landscaping will be added along West Eighth Street.
Adam Weitsman, owner of Ben Weitsman of Jamestown, said his business is different because they care about the community in which they operate. The scrap yard, which has been a scrap recycling facility for more than 100 years, was acquired by Weitsman from the Weinstein family in the summer of 2010, and has seen a significant increase in sales and customer count each year since the acquisition. Jamestown is the latest yard to receive capital improvements, which are made at all Weitsman locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
“I have a family, and come from a small town, so I know how important quality of life is for a region and its residents. When we acquired the yard in Jamestown, it was very outdated, muddy and needed a lot of work. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Jamestown improvements have begun and we are very excited to get all of the work finished quickly so that our neighbors and the city of Jamestown have a landmark they can be proud of,” Weitsman said. “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. We are very happy to be in Jamestown and look forward to serving the area for many years to come.”
Paul Weinstein, Ben Weitsman of Jamestown vice president, said the improvements will usher in the modern age of the scrap business for Jamestown. He said it will be a better environment for the customers and workers.
“Instead of working in mud they will be working on blacktop,” he said.
Rick Kress, Ben Weitsman of Jamestown general manager, said the business has been growing, adding 10 new employees during the past two years with plans to hire more in the future. The Jamestown location is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Weitsman’s Binghamton and Owego facilities have been renovated and the Albany retail scrap yard and port facility was built as a new operation from the ground up last summer. Weitsman is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, and has grown to 18 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania. The business received the 2014 Platts Global Metals Award for top scrap company in the world at an awards ceremony in London at the end of May.
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