Local business shreds the competition

By Brandi Bailey

May 31, 2013 Updated Jun 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) What started out as just an idea has grown into one of the most recognized businesses globally in it's field. Upstate Shredding is paving a road of success.

"In the old days I used to wait for hours for someone to come. It's a little surreal but I had a plan a long time ago," said owner, Adam Weitsman.

The 24/7 business began by shredding a couple thousand tons a year. It now averages 5,000 tons a day, and is among the top five shredding companies in the world.

Weitsman's Upstate Shredding was ranked No. 2 in the world for it's shredding by Platts Magazine, and recently received an award in London.

Upstate has grown to13 facilities, expanding into Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. It's building up at it's home base as well, adding three new plants in Owego.

"With the new shredder we just put in we can do more volume, and with more volume we can take on more customers," Weitsman said.

The new shredder cuts through 400 cars an hour. Weitsman says the new machinery is all part of the big picture of expansion.

"Our goal is to have 50 locations and three of these shredding facilities ..," Weitsman said.

No matter how successful the business becomes, Weitstman says home will always be in Owego.

The company hopes to reach its goal of $1 billion in annual debt-free sales by 2014.