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NDA begins massive membership drive
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The Member Services Committee of the National Demolition Association has begun one of the most comprehensive membership retention and recruitment drives in the organization's history. This initiative includes the upgrade of the NDA's Membership Information Kit along with two videos, which explains the benefits of belonging to the association and an introduction to the demolition industry narrated by television and movie star Ed Asner; an extensive membership solicitation using postcards and broadcast emails sent to thousands of potential members involved with the demolition process; and the implementation of a Member-Get-A-Member program to reward existing NDA members that attract potential new members of the organization.

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17th Demolition Academy to feature OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour health and safety training
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The NDA's 17th Demolition Academy, the organization's safety and management training program scheduled for March 10-11, will feature the association's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health and safety training program. The course contains an introduction to OSHA; sections on electrical hazards, fall, caught between and struck by, personal protective equipment, health hazards on a demolition project site, hand and power tool safety, scaffolding, excavation and general demolition project safety awareness. This 10-hour program, presented over two days, provides an OSHA Completion Card.

Courses in Industrial Hygiene 101; Universal Waste Identification, Removal, Packaging and Disposal; and Demolition Project Site Management will also be offered as part of this program.

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.

Watch out for the early bird!
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The Convention Committee of the National Demolition Association has instituted, for the first time, an early bird registration fee for the association's Annual Convention. By registering BEFORE Jan. 13, each registrant can save $50 on the Delegate Registration for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio March 10-13. This is the first time the association has held its Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world, in Texas and the first time the NDA's exhibition hall will be a municipal convention center.

Capitalizing on the event being held in Texas, the Convention Committee has decided on a decidedly Texas theme for next year's show. There will be Cowboy-themed event on Monday evening at San Antonio's Cowboy Dance Hall, which will feature a PBR Rodeo, country-western bands, a mechanical bull-ride, line dancing, a Texas barbeque and armadillo racing among other events. Tuesday evening's event will be casual and feature a Mexican theme with Hispanic dancers, a Mariachi band and Mexican cuisine with a San Antonio flair. The NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament will be held out at the Hyatt Regency's Hill Country Resort on March 10.

Make sure to register BEFORE Jan. 13 to take advantage of the NDA's early bird special.

Demolition magazine announces 2012 Rates and Editorial Calendar
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Demolition magazine, the voice of the demolition industry, has announced its 2012 advertising rates and Editorial Calendar for the coming year. As one of the NDA's major member services, demolition promotes the demolition industry and its association to the industry around the world. In addition to hitting every demolition contractor and supplier in the United States and Canada, demolition reaches the 500 largest general contractors in the U.S., hundreds of demolition companies across the globe and all of major manufacturers of demolition equipment, products and services.

Designed to inform, educate, enlighten and entertain the management of all firms involved in the demolition process, Demolition magazine is an exceptional venue to advertise your product or service to the worldwide demolition marketplace. The magazine also provides demolition contractors with a great opportunity to showcase their skills. Demolition is always looking for project stories and new products. If you are interested in advertising in Demolition magazine or have an interesting project or product that you would like to see in the magazine, contact Mike Taylor about being a part of Demolition. Visit to see back issues of the magazine and to forward ads or material to NDA headquarters.

To view the 2012 Rate Card, click here.

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, or click here to view the registration form.

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Construction equipment dealers predict increase in demand for equipment
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Reported in the Nov. 14 issue of McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record is a story concerning increased demand for construction equipment. While many construction segments, such as homebuilding continue to lag, many construction firms are replacing aging machines. New equipment sales are expected to grow at an annual rate of 32.6 percent this year to 114,000 units, up from just 70,000 in 2009. While most construction firms are keeping as much cash as they can, multiple years of deferred equipment replacement have taken their toll on company fleets. In a study reported on in the ENR article performed by Manfredi & Associates of Mundelein, Ill., a 7 percent increase in demand for hydraulic excavators to some 16,500 units is anticipated in 2012, and a 6 percent increase in demand for skid-steers to some 35,000 units is forecasted by the coming year.

Economic outlook: How long is recovery in a 'Humpty Dumpty' economy?
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The good news is that the U.S. economy is growing — with the exception of the housing market — but the bad news is we've encountered the worst recession since the Great Depression, says Eugenio Aleman, director and senior economist at Wells Fargo. "We went from -9 percent to almost 3 percent in almost three quarters," Aleman explained during his Construction Industry Economic Analysis & Outlook presentation at the late October Construction Writers Association in San Antonio. More

IOA offers exclusive Inland Marine program
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The Insurance Office of America is pleased to announce it now has an exclusive Inland Marine program for companies in the waste, recycling and demolition fields. The program is available in all 50 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. More

Architects and contractors team up
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The transition from traditional, linear design-build contracts to more integrated initiatives such as integrated project delivery is causing a shift in the construction industry. More so than ever before, the industry is focused on teamwork, collaboration and building a better understanding between architects and contractors. More

Jobs and export data highlight importance of US scrap industry
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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. released a summary of a recent study that highlights the nearly 460,000 United States jobs supported by America's scrap recycling industry as well as new data that underscores the critical role United States exports play in employing workers in the United States. Additionally, recently released data confirm that the United States scrap supply is more than ample to meet demand at home, as evidenced by solid increases in both domestic and overseas scrap shipments. More

Legal tips for construction firms pursuing LEED
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Sustainable building is transforming the Canadian construction industry. However, new construction techniques and new contract terms may be creating legal risks around liability, insurance and project certification that have not yet been fully explored. Two U.S. cases involving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in particular have garnered interest in legal circles. More

New report highlights growth in recycling in Europe
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A report released by the European Environment Agency has found recycling provides a significant economic benefit to Europe's economy, from providing raw materials to creating jobs, and encouraging business opportunities and innovation. The report, "Earnings, Jobs and Innovation: The Role of Recycling in a Green Economy," says in addition to diverting waste from landfills, recycling helps meet the material demands of economic production, preventing the environmental impacts associated with extracting and refining virgin materials. More

New York contractors wary about 2012 despite good news
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New York's construction industry is hearing plenty of good news coming out of Albany, but the people who build the state's highways, hospitals and universities say there's still uncertainty about the outlook for 2012, given the economy and inaction in Washington on a transportation funding bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement of a tax cut deal that includes $1 billion for infrastructure repair is being followed by the state's unveiling of its choices for another $1 billion for economic development initiatives across the state, including construction projects. More

Officials look for safety concerns in grain elevator demolition
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A historic grain elevator in Buffalo, N.Y., lay in rubble after being demolished Dec. 2. "The Coast Guard received notification that the grain elevator had fallen into the water," Lt. Tom Pequignot with the U.S. Coast Guard said. The demolition was planned but according to the Army Corp. of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard, the collapse into the water was not planned. More

Slideshow: Tornado cleanup begins final phase in Birmingham, Ala.
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The city of Birmingham, Ala., has begun what is considered the final phase of the tornado cleanup: demolishing damaged houses that pose a safety hazard. The city recently began work and has received the green light to demolish 16 of about 100 properties that have been deemed nuisances. More

White House taking new steps to help small business startups
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In its latest executive action, the White House announced new steps to spur startup businesses and help them access $2 billion in resources. The U.S. Small Business Administration said it would move forward with a previously announced effort to launch a $1 billion fund to provide matching capital to early-stage small businesses. The project, called "Startup America," is aimed at harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship by leveraging private-sector investment. More
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