Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman, recently announced that 20-year marine scrap metal veteran John Silva has joined the company as Vice President of Port Operations.

"We were extremely fortunate to attract someone with John's unique background and expertise in marine scrap metal operations," Weitsman said. Weitsman continued, "Someone with his extraordinary level of expertise and experience in port operations positions us for additional growth as we continue to acquire strategic locations throughout the Northeast. Until his non-compete contract with his former employer expires, he will be based at our Ben Weitsman of Buffalo retail scrap operation that is currently under construction. When the non-compete expires, his expertise will be invaluable in running our new 18-acre Port of Albany export terminal and full-service scrap business there."

In 1993, John Silva began working for Naporano Iron & Metal at Port Newark as a quality inspector and foreman of stevedoring operations. By 1995 he was the port terminal marine supervisor for all port operations and commercial decisions. After Naporano was acquired by Metal Management in 1997, Silva was promoted to port terminal manager responsible for handling 3 million tons of material per year at Newark in addition to managing marine operations at the Port of Albany. When Sims Metal Management acquired Metal Management in 2008, John Silva was promoted to vice president of Sims' northeast operations which included management of 4 million tons of scrap metal per year through 12 regional feeder yards and export marine terminals in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

"I am excited to work with someone with the work ethic of owner Adam Weitsman," Silva commented. "His company is growing so quickly it presents incredible opportunity for personal growth and career advancement."

Upstate Shredding - Ben Weitsman has continuously acquired new locations as it rapidly expands throughout the Northeast. The fast-growing Company was recently ranked as one of the largest scrap companies in North America by Recycling Today and was an AMM finalist for scrap company of the year (both public and private). In 2013, the Company expects to process more than 1,000,000 tons of ferrous and 200 million pounds of non-ferrous scrap metal through its 11 facilities in Binghamton, Buffalo, Jamestown, Ithaca, Liberty, Rochester and Syracuse, and two locations in Owego, N.Y.; and in Scranton.

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