OWEGO - Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman, recently announced that scrap industry veteran Teresa Rogers has joined the company effective immediately as a senior buyer for all Upstate and Ben Weitsman facilities.
"Teresa is integral to our growth plan and expanding our footprint," said Weitsman. "Her extensive experience and outstanding industry accomplishments will be a huge asset as she joins our team of some of the most experienced buyers in the industry. Teresa will handle buying for Upstate's mega-shredder operation in Owego, all Ben Weitsman yards throughout New York and Pennsylvania, and the new port facility located in Albany."
Rogers was the former director of trading at Mervis Industries based in Danville, Ill. where she bought, sold and brokered scrap throughout the Midwest. Prior to that she was vice president of scrap trading at Consolidated Mill Supply based in Chicago. For 11 years Rogers was a broker for ProTrade Steel at Ann Arbor, Mich. where each month she brokered thousands of tons of steel for mills and shippers.
"I am very excited to be joining an aggressive company like Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman," said Rogers. "I'm looking forward to helping Mr. Weitsman continue his rapid expansion and to increase our rapidly growing presence on the East Coast. To do what this company has done in a relatively short time frame is truly mind blowing," said Rogers.
Upstate plans to invest $15 million in its new Albany port facility and retail scrap operation. The new location is expected to add 30 jobs at startup and 60 total when it is fully operational.
"Our new port facility is scheduled to be operational by May 2013. It will occupy an 18-acre site capable of loading 30,000 ton vessels to service export markets and have two rail lines to serve domestic customers," said Weitsman. "Teresa will purchase and broker ferrous and non ferrous scrap metal for our New York and Pennsylvania operations as well as from our many customers in the Northeast and Midwest."