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Support the NDA by sponsoring a golf hole
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One of the best ways to support the National Demolition Association and its programs is by sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament being held at the organization's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio on March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. There is a three-tier sponsorship opportunities available. For $500 for a single hole, you will receive a golf sign; for $1,500 you get a golf sign and one golfer's fees; and for a $3,000 sponsorship, you receive a golf sign on the Hill Country course and fees for four golfers.

Sponsoring a golf hole at the NDA's annual golf tournament is a terrific way to show your commitment to the NDA and its programs. For more information about this opportunity, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

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17th Annual Demolition Academy to be held in San Antonio
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The NDA's 17th Annual Demolition Academy, our safety and management training education program, has been scheduled for March 9-10 at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The academy takes place right before the NDA's 39th Annual Convention. The goal is to provide exceptional educational opportunities at the association's largest member service, its annual convention.

Course offerings include the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health and safety training course that attendees will receive an OSHA course completion card; Industrial Hygiene 101 that provides basic industrial hygiene information for the nonindustrial hygienist; Universal Waste Management that discusses the identification, handling, removal, packaging and safe disposal of universal wastes on demolition project sites; and Demolition Project Site Management, which emphasizes demolition project site management. Registration forms for the NDA's 17th Annual Demolition Academy are in the November/December issue of Demolition magazine, the NDA's website and have been mailed to every regular member of the association.

39th Annual Delegate Registration in next issue of Demolition
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The Delegate Registration form for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention, March 10-13 at the grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, is in the November/December issue of Demolition magazine. It is important to remember that the association has established an early bird registration fee for next year's annual convention. If you register before Jan. 13 you will save $50 for each registrant. After Jan. 13, the registration fee for all delegates goes up to $700. Don't miss this opportunity to save some money will attending the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world.

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 NDA's Annual Meeting 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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NDA Links & Logos Program
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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.

Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
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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 new website 'What's New Tour'
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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
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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

Serve on the NDA's board of directors
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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 or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or

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Ultra high-reach excavator deconstructs the Ford Amphitheatre in Detroit    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

(video icon) An ultra high-reach excavator deconstructs the Ford Amphitheatre in Detroit in this episode of the Construction News Tracker.


Business economists cut US recession odds as growth picks up
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The U.S. economy will grow more than previously estimated through 2012, with little chance of another recession, led by gains in business investment and commercial construction, a survey showed. Gross domestic product will expand 1.8 percent this year, more than a September forecast of 1.7 percent, according to results of a survey by the National Association for Business Economics recently issued in Washington. Spending on nonresidential structures will grow 4.6 percent this year, compared with a 1 percent estimate in the prior survey. More

Online Diversion and Recycling Tracking tool launches
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Waste Management has formally launched a Diversion and Recycling Tracking tool to help project planners, contractors, architects and building owners measure their green performance during a construction, renovation and demolition project. The service, which is available across the U.S. and Canada, operates online and is accessible 24-hours a day to monitor C&D recycling, tabulate total diversion rates and provide documentation to support LEED® certification. More

Thousands watch tower demolition in Scotland
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Thousands of people gathered to witness the demolition of a 17-storey tower block in Scotland. Glencairn Tower, the first steel structure of its kind, was demolished in Motherwell. "With Glencairn having a steel structure, which is unusual for a tower block, we were presented with a number of challenges,” Craig Wilson, commercial director with contractor Technical Demolition Services, said. More

Study: Historic preservation tax credit will create 1,800 construction jobs in Minnesota
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A study from the University of Minnesota estimates 1,800 construction jobs will be created over the next few years thanks to a new state tax credit. The credit helps finance the rehabilitation of historic buildings in the state. It became law last year and as of June 30, 14 projects have qualified for support. More

Start planning now for 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The year 2011, whether it's been bad or good, is about to cross the finish line. And if you're still in the race, you must have made some quality moves to keep your head above water. Before you start patting yourself on the back, however, look at what's in front of you. Part of your management skills in 2011 pertained to construction equipment — do you fix it, buy a new unit, buy a used unit or just rent what you need on a job by job basis? More

Ohio kicks in $5.5 million to clean area sites
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Three communities in Dayton, Ohio, will split more than $5.5 million in state funds to bring brownfield sites back to life. State officials recently approved the money as part of more than $27.5 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grants. The grants help communities the reuse of idle commercial and industrial properties. More
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