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Worthy Investment

Adam Weitsman has been eager to invest to put SGM equipment to work for scrap recycling company Upstate Shredding.

Making an $8 million commitment when scrap commodity markets have tapered off in both pricing and demand may seem like a risky investment. But Adam Weitsman of Upstate Shredding, Owego, N.Y., has nothing but confidence that the investment will pay bountiful returns. Upstate Shredding, by volume the largest privately held scrap processor in New York, runs a super-sized shredder. Procuring scrap from a wide geographic radius to feed that shredder is a large part of what keeps Weitsman and his staff at the company busy. However, Weitsman says investing in operations to draw the maximum return per ton processed is also critical to what his company does, and that’s where purchasing new sorting and separating equipment from SGM Magnetics Corp. comes in.

Upstate Shredding has been using an SGM 60-inch DSRP magnetic unit for more than a year, and has been ecstatic about the results. “It has caught a significant amount of lessthan 1-inch sized pieces of ferrous scrap that had been getting through,” says Weitsman.

Now, working with SGM Magnetics and consulting firm Metal Tech, Upstate is installing a system that with an array of equipment that includes:

  • SGM cross-belt and headpulley magnets to extract ferrous scrap;
  • Eight eddy current units, five cascade sensors (one for fines), one X-ray sensor, one optical cascade color sorter, one fines recovery sensor and a sand-based dry media plant to separate the aluminum from the heavies (copper, brass, zinc) in the eddy current zorba; and
  • A Bivitec banana screen, a bi-directional screw conveyor, a creep feeder and a trommel screen.

“SGM has helped us grow to be the company we are today and to be the company we want to be tomorrow,” says Weitsman.

“ This gives us such a competitive edge because we’re generating so much more value per ton. If we know we have an extra $20 per ton behind us, that can make us better scrap buyers,” he states. His shredding plant tears through some 450,000 tons of feedstock annually, producing nearly 115,000 tons of mixed nonferrous and nonmetallic residue.

He had no hesitation working with SGM and credits a number of people for generous time and effort, including company CEO Didier Haegelsteen.

“ Didier put a lot of this together. He’s the owner and he really took the time to explain the equipment and didn’tpush any particular type of equipment.”

After viewing SGM units installed elsewhere, Weitsman was quickly convinced they would live up to expectations. “ With this new plant, we should be able to recover an extra 3 percent in weight - or about 56,000 pounds of new metal per week - that had been going to the landfill. We’ll also be harvesting upgraded copper, brass and stainless products removed from our zorba,” he remarks. “We have tremendous trust in SGM and know that they back up what they sell with great performance.”

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