NDA Newsletter
Dec. 14, 2012

Honor the NDA in its 40th Anniversary Yearbook
As the NDA will be celebrating 40 years of service to the demolition industry at its 2013 Annual Convention in March in San Diego, the association has decided to develop a commemorative yearbook to present each convention attendee. This yearbook will feature a history of the association going back to its founding in 1973, an expanded Convention Program and a list of the services offered by the NDA to its members. What better way to honor your association than to purchase a congratulatory ad in this one-time gift to our members. For more information about participating in the 40th Anniversary Yearbook, see that attached flier, or contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.More

Register early for the 40th Anniversary Convention and receive a discounted admission
If you register for the NDA 40th Anniversary Convention before Jan. 11 you can get the early bird registration price. After that date the price will increase from $650 to $700, so sign up early and save. Click here to register. More

Apply for 2012 Environmental Excellence Award by Dec. 31
The deadline for applications for the 2012 NDA Environmental Excellence Awards — which will be presented on Monday morning, March 25 at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego — is fast approaching. Applications need to be in by Dec. 31. The Association's Environmental Excellence Awards is a great way to showcase your company's skills to the NDA's Mission of Environmental Stewardship. Listen to what a recent Environmental Excellence Award winner, John Lloyd of Lloyd’s Construction Services of Savage, Minn., says about this valuable program:

"The Environmental Excellence award is not only a great opportunity for demolition contractors to spotlight one of their deserving projects, but additionally serves as a great promotional opportunity with clients. When we hand-delivered the accompanying award to the project owner and City of St. Paul Port Authority, they were ecstatic to be included, and just as we did, took full advantage of the public relation opportunities the award provides. It truly was a win-win for all parties involved."

Send your application for the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards in NOW!More

Convention sponsorship opportunities
There are still a number of exciting 40th Anniversary Convention Sponsorship Opportunities available for the NDA's annual extravaganza planned this year in San Diego from March 23–26. In addition to three coffee breaks, the tote bags, a breakfast and the speakers, a sponsorship of the 40th Anniversary commemorative tile that will be presented to every convention attendee is available. Remember that you can also sponsor a golf hole or contest at the NDA's 26th Annual Golf Tournament out at the Riverwalk Golf Club on Saturday, March 22. All Regular, Associate and International members can sponsor an event. For more information about these great opportunities to show you support of the NDA and its programs, contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.More

After Sandy, rebuilding rules are eased
Three towns battered by superstorm Sandy are cutting a break to South Shore homeowners seeking to raise and rebuild their homes, waiving permit fees or zoning requirements. In Babylon Town, for example, homeowners rebuilding or seeking to raise homes to meet federal flood-zone elevation requirements will not be required to get a new survey, submit plans or pay any fees, provided the structure stays within the former home's footprint and dimensions.More

5 biggest leadership lessons from 2012
Inc. via TIME
It's been quite a year for leadership lessons. Any one of a multitude of events in 2012 (Hurricane Sandy, The London Olympics, Benghazi and its fallout) would provide a case study in how to lead–and sometimes, sadly, how not to.More

University at Buffalo in New York outlines plans to demolish former nuclear research reactor
UB Reporter
David Vasbinder explained how the facility — officially called the Buffalo Materials Research Center — opened in 1960 during the height of the atomic age at a cost of $1.15 million. Researchers used it to test materials used for medicine, commercial energy and other purposes.More

How government contractors can navigate the fiscal cliff and federal budget problems
Small Cap Network
Recently, Marc Hausman, the president and CEO of Strategic Communications Group in the Washington, D.C., area, wrote an article for the Washington Business Journal about the need for government contractors like CACI International, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation and Innolog Holdings Corporation to diversify — something most government contractors have already done anyway.More

OSHA looks to construction enforcement, regulations, as 2012 draws to a close
EHS Today
OSHA has issued a three-month suspension for its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. The temporary enforcement measures, now extended through March 15 include priority, free, on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency and increased outreach. Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace death in construction.More

Construction spending rises 1.2 percent in October
Building Online
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during October 2012 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $872.1 billion, 1.4 percent above the revised September estimate of $860.4 billion. The October figure is 9.6 percent above the October 2011 estimate of $795.7 billion.More

Construction industry sees more work, jobs on Michigan's horizon
No industry contracted more during Michigan's "lost decade" than construction. The value of new construction, including homes, offices, factories, hospitals and schools, fell by more than half, from $21 billion in 2001 to $9.2 billion last year, as measured by state gross domestic product. But builders and contractors say they're finally starting to see what looks like an end to their decade-long economic nightmare.More

UK implements ban on cash payment for scrap metal
Recycling Today
A law recently passed in the United Kingdom that called for the banning of the use of cash to pay for scrap metals brought to scrap metal yards in the U.K. and Wales is now in effect. The decision to ban the payment of scrap metal by cash was prompted by rampant theft of nonferrous metals from throughout the country. More