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Deadline for 39th Annual Convention approaching
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The deadline to register for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, is fast approaching. The NDA's Room Bloc at the Grand Hyatt runs until Feb. 16, and the cut-off date for this year's delegate registration is Feb. 27. You can register online at or call 1-800-5541-2412 for more information.



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George Hedley's Hardhat Hedlines
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To view George Hedley's Hardhat Hedlines newsletter, click here . Hedley is a guest speaker at this year's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio.

NDA announces keynote speaker, events, at 39th Annual Convention
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A leading construction industry economist, Dr. Anirban Basu, is the keynote speaker at the National Demolition Association's 39th Annual Convention in the historic city of San Antonio March 10-13. His address, entitled Understanding the Construction Economy: Your 19th Nervous Breakdown, is sure to generate a good deal of discussion and interest, said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA executive director.

NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
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The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.

Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
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Applications for the NDA's second Environmental Excellence Award program were mailed recently to every member of the association. This program, designed to highlight the demolition industry's skill and experience in dealing with challenging environmental issues of their project sites or products developed that protect the environment, had 11 winners in 2011. The program was developed by the association's Environment Committee to promote the NDA's commitment to environmental stewardship as part of its mission. Awards will be presented to this year's winners at the 39th Annual Convention on March 13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio.

For an application form or more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.


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Magazine article spurs friends to enter C&D recycling business
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Joe Lopes, who operated a stone delivery service and excavation company, came across an article on St. Paul, Minn.-based Shamrock Recycling in a Mack Truck magazine and decided to tour the facility to see if it was something he could do. Friend and colleague John Voortman says Lopes came back from his trip excited at the prospect of opening a facility. Lopes asked Voortman to read the article, and told him he wanted him as a partner. More

Texas demolition firm's truck cited for damage to bridge
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The crash that gouged two bridges over Texas state Highways 114/121 left one of them so unsafe it will never reopen, adding to the traffic tie-ups along the massive DFW Connector project. More



Construction industry layoffs slow dramatically
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Only 9 percent of construction firms are planning to lay people off this year, compared with 37 percent last year and 55 percent in 2010. Furthermore, 32 percent of firms report that they plan to add new staff in 2012. Even more positive, half of those firms report plans to add six or more new employees during the next 12 months. More

Researchers stumble upon method for removing contaminants from soil
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When Chris Young was busy developing human gene therapies more than a decade ago, he never imagined the research he and his colleagues were conducting would actually lead to a method for cleaning up contaminants in soil. Young and Dr. Valerie Paynter studied bacteria they collected from hazardous waste sites as part of their research. They discovered that the toxic chemicals impaired a specific gene within the bacteria. Paynter determined that by reversing the genetic impairment, the bacteria could actually break down and eliminate the chemicals. More

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New material recycling facility to use near-infrared sorting
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A new commercial and industrial material recycling facility in England has selected sensor-based sorting equipment specialist TITECH as its technology provider of choice. Plant builder McDonald International will install three of TITECH's auto-sort optical sorting systems at local C&I waste company, Devon Contract Waste's facility. TITECH claimed that its near-infrared dual-sensor auto-sort system allows maximum value to be extracted from the C&I waste stream, diverting it from landfill and increasing recovery of materials for re-sale. More

NYC mayor: Building-safety laws cut accidents 18 percent
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New York City construction accidents decreased by 18 percent last year, and those resulting in injury fell by 7.8 percent, declines Mayor Michael Bloomberg attributed to safety measures the city has enacted since 2008. Five accidents last year resulted in deaths, one more than in 2010, because of violations of safety procedures, the mayor said. More



OSHA releases fall 2011 agenda
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OSHA just released its semiannual regulatory agenda for fall 2011, which reveals that two landmark rules — Hazard Communication and Confined Spaces in Construction standards — are approaching the final rulemaking stage. According to OSHA, the Hazard Communication Standard is slated for final action in February and the Confined Spaces in Construction rule will follow in June. I More

Salvage work under way in Joplin, Mo.
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Some of the items salvaged from St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., will be used to study the EF-5 tornado that destroyed it last year. A crew has been working since December to remove things such as windows and pieces of plastic pipe from the sprinkler system to see how they were affected by the storm. More

Illinois City Council approves changes to demolition ordinance in historic districts
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The Quincy City Council has made changes to the City's demolition ordinance involving properties in any of the City's historic districts. The ordinance, which passed by a 12-1 vote, now reads no demolition or salvage permit shall be granted prior to the expiration of up to 90 days from the filing of the application with the City to allow the Quincy Preservation Commission time to review the request and conduct a public hearing. More
 
 
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