Empire Recycling receives special recognition
from Deputy Minority Leader Griffo
MAY 2, 2019 - During a ceremony today at Empire Recycling’s Utica facility, New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Griffo, R-I-C-Rome, presented Empire Recycling officials with a New York State Senate Empire Award.
The Empire Award honors businesses that are leaders in their industry, use innovative methods or products, increase jobs and economic growth and make significant community contributions that affect New York State.
Founded in 1916 by Robert, Morton and Louis Kowalsky, Empire Recycling has grown into one of the nation's largest family-owned recycling centers for metals and paper. The Empire family of companies, which includes ConfiData, SMR Fibre, ERL Intermodal, Nathan Steel, and ERC Transportation, now employs more than 200 people in the Mohawk Valley and in 11 divisions across the state. Today, the company is run by brothers Steven and Edward Kowalsky.
Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said, "It is with great pleasure that I am able to present Empire Recycling with a New York State Empire Award in recognition of the company’s impact on the Mohawk Valley and New York State. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the family-operated business has grown into one of the largest recycling centers for paper and metals in the country. The company employs several hundred people and supports a variety of important organizations, events and causes in the community and beyond."
"It's an honor to be presented with this award," says Steven Kowalsky, CEO of Empire Recycling. "This company has been a part of my family for 103 years, and I am very blessed to have an incredible team of employees who share so many of the same values as my brother and I - they are the driving force behind everything we do."