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Meet The CEO And Philanthropist, Adam Weitsman

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“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal”- Napoleon Hill.

Adam Weitsman, the CEO of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, has paved his way towards success even after facing many difficulties, his life being a reflection of the above quote. Weitsman left a prosperous career in New York City to return to his hometown and support his father in the family scrap metal business and developed an interest in the processing side of scrap metal recycling, which led to the formation of his current business in 1996. However, when the company that Weitsman hired to install the new shredder went bankrupt before install, Weitsman was faced with a difficult decision: lose everything, or try to check to kite temporarily until he could get his shredder up and running. The risk proved unsuccessful, and cost him a sentence in federal prison in Otisville, New York during the 1990s. After serving his time, Weitsman focused hard on rebuilding his personal and business life. He became not only a successful and widely recognized business owner but a beloved philanthropist in his community.

Adam Weitsman discussing his past experiences

In the past, Adam tells that he has worked in the art industry, operating a Manhattan gallery and then opening his folk art gallery in Greenwich Village in 1986. He then decided to make a career change as he took over a small Upstate New York-based scrap recycling business with one location and have built the company into 15 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.  With growth has come the ability to give back to those in need, even more, utilizing the profits of the enterprise to benefit my local community through philanthropy and charity initiatives.

Adam Weitsman at present

Adam at first and foremost is a proud father and family man, then a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Currently, he is the owner and chief executive officer of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, the East Coast’s largest privately owned scrap metal processor and recycling center, and one of the largest operations of its type in the country.

Adam describing the whereabouts of Upstate Shredding- Weitsman Recycling

As the owner of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, Adam takes great pride in overseeing operations and ensuring that any operations under his company’s name live up to company values. Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling is headquartered on a 17-acre environmentally certified facility in Owego, and operates yards across New York State, including locations in Owego (two locations), Binghamton, Ithaca (two locations), Syracuse, Scranton, Rochester, Jamestown, Brant, Watertown, Hornell, Allegany and Albany (port facility and retail scrap yard), as well as Pennsylvania locations in Scranton and New Castle.

The inspiration behind the business idea revealed by Adam

Weitsman believes that supporting his local community is the most rewarding part of his career. He chose to build his business in his small hometown of Owego and now has successful branches across the Northeast. His community has always been paramount to his success, therefore he chooses to pay it forward by creating a company that rewards and values its dedicated employees. “With initiatives like my regular grants to local charities, as well as donating the profits from my two restaurants, I hope that I can make a considerable impact in the community that helped shape me”, remarks Adam.


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