NDA implements Convention Exhibit Space Allocation Program
What's the best way to allocate space in an exhibit hall? As the National Demolition Association makes plans to utilize convention centers in San Antonio in 2012 and San Diego for our 40th Anniversary Convention in 2013, the questions of equity and fairness in the allocation of exhibit space becomes more important. The NDA has decided to implement a Convention Exhibit Space Allocation Program modeled on the system used by numerous other trade associations including the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries which many of our Associate members are familiar with. The goal is to assure that those long-term members, sponsors and exhibitors are rewarded for the support of the Association and its programs. An explanation of the new program will be forwarded to all of our Associate Members shortly. For more in depth information call NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.
Canada kicks off construction safey campaign
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Ontario is launching an eight-week campaign with its health and safety partners to urge workers and employers to put safety first on construction sites across the province. The province kicked off the campaign at a construction site in Toronto, emphasizing the need for everyone on the job to train properly, be aware of dangers and keep everyone safe. More
Caterpillar teams up with "Dirty Jobs" star
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Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., is partnering with Mike Rowe, the creator and star of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." According to a company press release, Rowe will spend time with Caterpillar customers and dealers to get a real-world perspective on their jobs and how the two partner to be successful. The company says each visit will be featured on its Web site and at Cat dealerships across the country to demonstrate the solutions that Cat dealers provide their customers throughout the life cycle of their equipment. More
Environmental Excellence Awards applications ready
Application information for the National Demolition Association's Environmental Excellence Awards is ready and will be forwarded to every Regular member of the organization in the first week of August. Tied to the Association's Strategic Goal of being leaders in environmental stewardship, the aim of this program is to showcase the demolition industry's significant contributions to the betterment of the towns and cities of the U.S., Canada and beyond. The Environment Committee wants to honor environmental projects such as Superfund, Brownfields, facilities decontamination, asbestos, lead or PCB abatement, industrial recovery, unique recycling efforts or general civic improvement work performed by NDA members. The awards will be presented at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas in March of 2011 and covered in the May/June "Post-Convention" issue of Demolition magazine. Press releases about these projects will also be circulated by the NDA to the construction, real estate and architectural media. The deadline for applications will be Dec. 31.
Galveston National Laboratory ready to start its mission in earnest
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Since its dedication nearly 20 months ago, about 3,000 people have toured the Galveston National Laboratory where researchers will work to develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostic methods to combat infectious diseases — both those occurring naturally and types spread by terrorists. Inside the 186,267-square-foot, $174 million laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials led school groups, island residents, dignitaries and the curious on carefully guided tours. More
Registration begins for 2010 Board of Directors meeting
A meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Demolition Association has been scheduled for Sept. 25, at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England St., Williamsburg, Va. Please see provided links below for registration and itinerary documents.
NDA Board of Directors Meeting Invitation
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Community excites as construction on Oklahoma's tallest building reaches key point
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Construction on what will be the tallest building in Oklahoma has reached a key stage and soon will accelerate, a top official from Devon Energy Corp. said. Work began on the company's new $750 million headquarters building in October on a downtown site now dotted with four tower cranes rising hundreds of feet above the ground. Larry Nichols, Devon's executive chairman, said workers have finished pouring the concrete on the tower's sixth floor. More
Maintaining wireless asset tracking and management
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Return on investment has been on the tip of every company's tongue since the economy began its downward spiral. Whatever you purchase has to save you money or make you money in a calculated, measurable timeline or you don't buy it—bottom line. Contractors fighting fierce competition, plummeting profits and increasing costs need all the help they can get. More
Expand your marketing efforts on NDA Web site
Regular members of the National Demolition Association will now have the ability to be listed in all of the states where they provide demolition services. The Association's highly successful "Find a Contractor" map and search system is used to list the headquarters location of every Regular member. Now those potential clients searching the site for demolition services will be able to see every state where your firm works. For $100 per location, you can add additional listings to one of the most visited sections of the NDA's Web site, www.demolitionassociation.com. For more information or to add additional locations to our "Find a Contractor" map, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.
Demolition begins on Pennsylvania strip mall after fire
A major cleanup project is under way in Pennsylvania after a massive fire ripped through a Dauphin County shopping plaza. It was a much different scene as the demolition began but the intensity of the fire effected how firefighters put out the flames and the structural integrity of the building frame. More
Scottish Ministers to decide on historic Glasgow garage proposal
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Arnold Clark Automobiles wants to turn the A-listed Botanic Gardens Garage in Glasgow into residential, restaurant, retail and office space. The proposal has been strongly opposed by some local people who want the 100-year-old structure left intact. Ministers will make a decision after an independent reporter considers written evidence from interested parties. More
16th Demolition Academy to be held before 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage
The National Demolition Association's 16th Demolition Academy, our safety and management training program, will be held in concert with the NDA's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The dates for this year's Demolition Academy are March 5-6. The goal is to attract people to our safety and management training program which will include a demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training course and other certification opportunities while convincing attendees to participate in the Association's Annual Convention. A program agenda and registration information for the 16th Demolition Academy will be available shortly.
Low landfill tipping fees provide little incentive to recycle in Mississippi
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Mississippi provides an opportunity to study why the recycling rate is low and landfilling is popular, particularly among states in the deep south and the Great Plains. Per-person municipal solid waste disposal and generation are much higher in Mississippi than the national averages, as the process of solid waste planning in the state is entirely geared toward landfilling material. More