Apply for a 2012 Environmental Excellence Award
The National Demolition Association's Environment Committee recently forwarded application information for the NDA's 2012 Environmental Excellence Award. Designed to highlight the association's commitment to Environmental Stewardship as part of its mission this program will instituted in 2011. Eleven Regular and Associate member firms and their clients were honored at the NDA's 38th annual convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas in March of 2011. Winners and the entities they worked for were presented plaques at the association's Annual Meeting and highlighted in the post-convention issue of Demolition magazine.
The Environment Committee is looking for projects or products that show the demolition industry's strong commitment to environmental stewardship and the impact the industry has on the quality of life in our nations’ towns and cities. Applications are due at NDA headquarters in Doylestown, Pa., by Dec. 31. Member firms can also apply online at www.demolitionassociation.com. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914-219-5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
NDA Links & Logos Program
More and more NDA member companies are participating in the NDA's Links & Logos Program, greatly increasing the Search Engine Optimization of both the NDA website and the sites of member companies as well. The NDA is asking each member to post the NDA logo on their websites. The logo will link back to the NDA website. In turn, the NDA will post each member's logo in the NDA online directory with a backlink to the company site. For easy instructions on how to quickly boost your company's SEO while proclaiming your membership in the NDA, click here.
Serve on the NDA's board of directors
National Demolition Association Past President Raymond E. Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc. in Midland, Mich., chair of the Leadership Development Committee is searching for NDA Regular Members interested in serving on the organization’s board of directors. Serving as a director on the NDA’s board is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. You will be helping the demolition industry’s trade association develop programs that will benefit its members while working with people who have the same experiences you do as a demolition contractor. Service involves three one-year terms and four quarterly board meetings per year.
For more information, contact Ray Passeno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or email@example.com.
NDA new website 'What's New Tour'
We have been hard at work at making improvements to the NDA website. To view the latest improvements, click here for the "What's New Tour."
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
Redevelopment project requires careful work by Minnesota demolition contractor
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A number of the buildings on the sprawling 61-acre site in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood on the east side of St. Paul, Minn., sat vacant for years, falling into disrepair and blighting the area. The site was once the world headquarters for 3M from 1910 to 1962, before moving to its enormous corporate campus in nearby Maplewood, Minn. More
Tornado stirs new worries over lead in Joplin, Mo.
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As if Joplin, Mo., weren't already facing a massive rebuilding task, the city now must deal with significant and costly lead contamination stirred up by the tornado and its after-effects. "High lead levels in the disrupted soil potentially represent a significant liability issue for Joplin, and a safety hazard for our community as well as a possible impediment to our rebuilding efforts," according to the EPA letter from Joplin Mayor Michael Woolston. More
Cargill to recycle 99 percent of demolition rubble
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Carefully placed explosives in the Ogden grain elevator in Calgary, Canada, brought down 98 years of history and created 55,000 tons of mess. It could have been a colossal addition to the yearly mountain of construction and demolition waste that reach city dumps each year, but Cargill, the elevator's owner, plans to reuse or recycle 99.7 percent of the rubble. More
Construction industry adds 26,000 jobs in September
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Construction employers added 26,000 jobs between August and September as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials say the increase is the first significant change in construction employment levels since February and reflects growing private sector demand for nonresidential construction projects. More
Essential elements of safety leadership
We hear the word "leadership" used in all walks of life, but how does this apply to our organization? Human nature/group dynamics suggest and experience proves that the average employee actually does want some leadership from their organization. Employees typically want to be motivated, inspired and charged up, particularly when it involves their safety. Good managers are not always good safety leaders. More
Latest Canadian and US economic data is a mix of more pluses than minuses
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Retail spending is a fixture of economic activity. Even when times are tough, a certain amount of shopkeeper activity will continue regardless. There are essentials that people have to buy to eat and means of transportation that must be maintained to get to work. In the recession, which lasted from October 2008 to June 2009, there was only a brief period of violent decline in retail spending in Canada. More
Phoenix moves past segregated past, demolishes homes for mixed-income family units
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Dump trucks, backhoes and other hefty construction machinery are removing a vestige of Phoenix's segregated past. The machines have been bumping their way through the demolition of 138 units in the Frank Luke Addition homes, which were built nearly 70 years ago. In 1941, the Phoenix Housing Authority decided the project would be exclusively open to white residents, while the Matthew Henson public housing would be for African-Americans and Marcos de Niza for Mexican-Americans. After the 1960s civil-rights movement, desegregation opened the housing units to people of all ethnicities. More