Senator Joseph Griffo presented the New York State Senate Empire Award to Empire Recycling in Utica on Thursday.

The Empire Award honors businesses that are leaders in their industry,  increase jobs and economic growth and make significant community contributions which impact New York State.

"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."

Empire Recycling is one of the nation's largest family-owned recycling centers.  While thefamily has been recycling since 1885, Empire Recycling was officially started in 1916.

Empire Recycling employs nearly 200 people in the Mohawk Valley and in 11 divisions around the State.