NDA Newsletter
Mar. 23, 2012

NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
NDA
The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.More

New fall protection standards receive ANSI's stamp of approval
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
The American National Standards Institute announced that it has approved two American Society of Safety Engineers' standards addressing fall protection — the new ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2012, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems, and the revised ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2012, Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components. The standards are part of the Z359 Fall Protection Code.More

Caterpillar to expand its 'flagship' factory in Xuzhou, China
IndustryWeek
Concerns that the Chinese economy is cooling off aren't putting the brakes on Caterpillar Inc.'s growth plans in the world's second-largest market. Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar recently announced plans to expand its "flagship" manufacturing facility in Xuzhou, China. The expansion project at Caterpillar Xuzhou Ltd., which Cat expects to complete in 2016, will boost production of hydraulic excavators by 80 percent at the facility.More

Implosion crews conduct test blast inside old Florida arena
Central News Florida 13
Crews recently tested explosives at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla., to prepare for the real demolition March 25. The single blast only affected two columns. When the actual implosion happens, more than 70 columns will be blown up. "There will be a series of blasts that will wrap around and meet at one point," said Sean Flanagan, vice president of development for ZMG Construction.More

Cost of construction materials in February increases 0.9 percent
Equipment World
Prices of key construction materials rose sharply in February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. "Prices for a wide range of construction inputs rose sharply in February, threatening to put contractors out of business and leave public projects underfunded unless materials can be ordered before prices jump further," Ken Simonson said, AGC's chief economist. The price index on construction inputs rose 0.9 percent in February, up from a 0.4 percent increase in January.More

March is flat month for ferrous scrap pricing
Recycling Today
After gaining value during January and then dropping back in February, ferrous scrap prices stayed relatively flat in March, with shredded scrap gaining just $1 per ton on the spot market. The lack of price movement marked the first flat month since October, when national averages for the three common ferrous grades also moved by just $6 per ton or less. At the National Demolition Association Convention in March in San Antonio, economist Dr. Anirban Basu of Sage Policy Group noted that the construction sector continues to lag in other parts of the U.S. economy, most of which have been performing well for up to 10 consecutive financial quarters.More

Building demolition making way for new library in Montana
Billings Gazette
Demolition of the Selover/Underriner building in Billings, Mont., recently began, clearing the way for construction of the new Parmly Billings Library. George Selover said that he "almost lived in the business for 54 years," but he and his wife had no regrets about the prospect of seeing the building go down. "Patty and I couldn't be more excited," he said. Selover watched as a crew from H.L. Ostermiller Construction begin tearing down the building, starting work inside with a small backhoe to gut the building and bring down a drop ceiling.More

New labeling rules aim to protect workers from hazardous chemicals
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Obama administration announced long-awaited regulations to improve labels on hazardous chemicals and make them conform with international guidelines developed by the United Nations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year.More

New Getty initiative aims to boost preservation of modern architecture
Los Angeles Times
The Eames House in Pacific Palisades, built in 1949 by the husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames, was never simply a single-family residence. It was also Case Study House No. 8, among the best-known products of a campaign by the editors of Arts & Architecture magazine to commission stylish and modestly sized prototypes for postwar living. Now, thanks to the Getty Conservation Institute, the house is poised to become a case study all over again — this time in the service of historic preservation.More

Senate votes to move ahead on small-business bill
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Legislation making it easier for small businesses to raise money recently survived a test vote in the Senate, increasing the chances it could emerge as one of the few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this election year. President Barack Obama has expressed his support for the legislation, which would ease some federal rules so small companies and innovators can more easily attract investors and go public.More

Waste Management contributes to high recycling rates in new concept
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Green home building is fast becoming mainstream practice across all building types, styles and price points. That evolution of the housing industry was on display at the 2011 International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., held in October, where two distinctly different homes showcased the highest standards of energy and resource efficiency. But one aspect of both homes that was overshadowed in their respective presentations is the important role of construction waste management.More

Better ways to optimize your small-business website
Target Marketing
Small businesses need help with search engine optimization, too. These three tips will get you started down the path to improvement and better business results. More