UTICA - New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon on a tour of a local company.
Heastie and Buttenschon toured Empire Recycling, which was chosen by the Assemblywoman. Heastie says he enjoyed the history and the story of Empire Recycling's humble beginnings picking up scrap metal, and then growing into what it is today.
Empire Recycling has been operating since 1916, before the importance of recycling was mainstreamed. Founders Robert Morton and Louis Kowalsky believed that items such as rags and paper could be reused.
Empire Recycling is now one of the nation's largest recycling centers for metal and paper. They serve major manufacturers, municipalities, individuals, small and large businesses and other organizaions. Customers also include independent business people, trades people and smaller recycling companies.
Heastie said visiting companies like Empire Recycling gives him insight into the issues facing local business around the state.
Heastie also visited the Utica bike trail and the Aqua Vino Resturaunt before returning to the capital region.