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40th Anniversary Yearbook ads still available
Due to overwhelming demand the Convention Committee has extended the deadline for accepting congratulatory ads in the NDA's 40th Anniversary Commemorative Yearbook. The committee has extended the space guarantee deadline until Friday, Feb. 22 with an understanding that you will provide your actual ad material by Friday, March 1. The 40th Anniversary Commemorative Yearbook already has over 25 ads from NDA members, both regular and associate, interested in supporting the Association's programs and services by congratulating the organization on its 40 years of service to the Demolition Industry. The Yearbook will be given to every attendee at the Association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego, March 23–26.

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Registration strong for 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego
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Delegate registrations for this year's 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel and the San Diego Convention Center continue to roll in. The Association expects a large attendance at this year's anniversary event which will feature an Opening Night Reception on the U.S.S. Midway in Coronado Bay, "Shore Leave" Theme party on Monday evening and the 40th Anniversary Annual Banquet (black tie optional) on Tuesday evening. The Exhibit Hall at San Diego's beautiful Convention center is filling up. Now is the time to register for this year's Convention. Go to or call 1-800-541-2412 to register.

What should I wear to the Monday Night Theme Party in San Diego?
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At this time of year the Association receives a lot questions about whether people should consider wearing a costume to the Monday Night Theme Party sponsored by Stanley LaBounty scheduled for March 25 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. With this year's theme, "Shore Leave in San Diego" presents a great opportunity to don your old military uniforms or rent a sailor suit to really get "in the mood." The Theme party which starts at 7 p.m. PST will feature a World War II era décor, a Andrews Sisters trio and an eight-piece dance band. You don't have to wear a costume. Just come prepared to have a great time, enjoy some terrific food and some fabulous entertainment.

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Sponsorship opportunities still available
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There are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available at this year's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego, March 23-26. All three coffee breaks at this year's annual convention are still available as is a Tuesday Morning Breakfast and the tote bags presented to every convention registrant. One of the most exciting items looking for a sponsor is the NDA's 40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile which will be presented to every attendee at this year's show. Don’t forget that you can also sponsor a golf hole or contest at the NDAS's 26th Annual Tournament scheduled for the Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego County on Saturday, March 23.

For information about sponsoring something at this year's 40th Anniversary Convention please contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

  Industry News

Feds propose recycling scrap metal from LANL, other nuke sites
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The federal government is drawing opposition from the steel industry and others for its proposal to commercially recycle scrap metal from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other nuclear sites. The Department of Energy recommends that scrap metal exposed on its surface to radiation be recycled if the metal is uncontaminated or if radiation levels are low enough. The department released a draft environmental assessment in December. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the proposal includes about 350 metric tons of scrap metal at Los Alamos. The head of a steel producers group said the proposal could risk contamination of food cans, building beams and car parts. More

Construction employment and spending levels hit 3-year high
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Recently revised government data show the construction industry is contributing substantially to economic and employment growth, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction employment rose for the eighth consecutive month in January, while construction spending in December increased for the ninth month in a row. Both totals were the highest levels in more than three years. More

US keeps building new highways while letting old ones crumble
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America's highway system, once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the potentially disastrous consequence of a politically driven road-building binge. President Barack Obama, state transportation officials, civil engineers, road builders and business groups all say that the country needs to invest trillions of dollars in its infrastructure, yet there's little consensus on how to finance it or what the most pressing needs are. More

Crisis management planning should be done by all businesses
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You wrote a business plan for the success of your business. Now it's time to write a crisis management plan to bolster your company's response to moments of crisis. It is worth asking the question, "What is considered a crisis?" There are a number of potential ways to answer that, but customize the answer for your business by asking yourself this question: What are the components of my company that make it function smoothly? A crisis is a moment when one of those components ceases to function properly with the potential of harming your company in some significant way. More

Ferrous scrap: Still wanting more
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Ferrous scrap recyclers in North America continued to operate in a "steady as she goes" market as the new calendar year started. Domestic mill demand is not booming but is in step with the lagging pace of supply. Export demand has remained consistent, with Turkish mills placing orders on the Atlantic Coast and South Korean buyers being cited as a steady presence by recyclers on the Pacific Coast. Scrap generation offers a few bright spots, depending on the grade and region, although the construction and demolition sectors remain among the most beleaguered segments of the economy. More

Candlestick Park to be demolished within year
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Candlestick Park in San Francisco famously shook for about 15 seconds in 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake disrupted Game 3 of the World Series. That didn't kill The 'Stick, but a 30-second implosion will. Plans were announced to blow up the 53-year-old, 69,000-seat stadium once the 49ers finish up their 2013-2014 season and move south to Santa Clara. They're the last tenant at the stadium, left to brave the Candlestick wind all alone when the Giants moved to AT&T Park before the 2000 season. More

Labor unions push White House on stalled worker safety rule
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Labor unions and safety advocates are applying new pressure on the Obama administration to issue a long-sought worker protection rule that industry groups say will cost billions of dollars to implement. Decades in the making, the proposal to set new limits on workers' exposure to harmful silica has languished since February 2011 at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where officials say it is under review. More

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Man tries to recall fatal Oshkosh, Wis., crane collapse
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Martin DeRidder doesn't remember the day he should have died. He doesn't remember the day before it, much of the day before that or the month that followed. The picture has been pieced together for him by coworkers, emergency records, doctors and his girlfriend. But there's one piece missing, and it's the one he alone can complete. It will tell him what went wrong on July 5, 2012, in Oshkosh, Wis., when the crane he was operating collapsed, took another man's life and nearly cost him his own. More

UK group reports increase in carpet recycling
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The organization Carpet Recycling UK, which is managed by resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, has reported that the diversion of carpets from landfills in the United Kingdom increased to 21.4 percent in 2012, a 30 percent increase from the prior year's diversion rate of 16.5 percent. According to CRUK, 85,000 metric tons of carpet were diverted from landfills last year; CRUK has set a target of a 25 percent diversion rate by 2015. More


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