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Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff selected as convention keynote speaker
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The NDA's Convention Committee has selected former U.S. Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff as the keynote speaker at its 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego on March 25. Abrashoff was captain of the USS Benfold at the age of 36, the most junior commanding officer in our Pacific fleet. As he implemented what he called his Leadership Roadmap to turn the Benfold around, he implemented programs to empower every individual abroad the ship to share responsibility of achieving excellence. From his experience he wrote "It's Your Ship," which is full of leadership skills that are valuable for every organization.

The organizational management road map that Abrashoff will present in San Diego will be a guide for every organization that wants to empower their staff, increase individual responsibility and assure excellence.

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NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships
$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum

Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile

NDA founder member passes
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NDA founder member William (Bill) A. Geppert, 88, of Colmar, Pa.- based Geppert Brothers Inc., sadly died June 29. His activities in the demolition industry began with GPI upon its formation by his father for his four sons — Bill, Joseph, James and Richard — in the 1930s. More

NDA to co-sponsor 3rd C&D Recycling Forum in Long Beach, Calif.
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The NDA will be co-sponsoring the third annual C&D Recycling Forum again this year. Scheduled for Sept. 23-26 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., this year's forum will provide an excellent opportunity to network with people involved with recycling and environmental stewardship in the demolition industry. You will be able to learn about trends in recycling technologies, markets and compliance issues as well as hear about case studies of successful recycling efforts.

Information about this year's forum is in this issue of Demolition and on the NDA's website. You can also go to for additional information.

2012 ENR Demolition Insert to appear in November
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One of the NDA's largest public relations efforts every year is the opportunity for our members to participate in a special Demolition Insert in McGraw-Hill's Engineering-New Record magazine, the construction industry's premier new publication. Within the framework of the association's extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert is an excellent opportunity to Brand the NDA as the leading trade organization for the demolition process in the world. It is also part of the association's major branding effort and guides the industry's markets to the NDA as the source of information about demolition, recycling, salvage, environmental services and safe work practice.

All NDA members are encouraged to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert, which will appear in the Nov. 26 issue of ENR. For more information, contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters.

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

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Contribute to NDA scholarship program
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The annual dues invoice for the 2012-2013 fiscal year have recently been sent out to all NDA members. Paying your annual dues presents each member with an opportunity to support one of the association's best member services, its college scholarship program. Over the years, the NDA has awarded college scholarships to the children of employees of NDA member firms. The Dues Check-off section of the annual dues invoice allows you to support the association's efforts to educate the children of our industry's members. Please consider adding some funds to your dues payment to support this important effort.

NDA announces site for 40th Anniversary Convention in 2013
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The NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention — the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world — will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in California, March 23-26. Each year, the NDA convention brings together a wide cross section of professionals involved in the demolition process, including those in demolition contracting, general contracting, civil engineering, recycling, scrap, salvage and other industries. The convention includes educational programs, entertainment and networking opportunities for both the association members and other attendees. More

NDA board approves Association Education Initiative and membership survey
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The board of directors of the NDA approved the proposed Association Education Initiative as part of a broad review of the organization's strategic plan when it met June 16 at the Lodge in Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif.

The NDA plans to develop a comprehensive educational and training program to be offered to all levels of our industry. This multimedia education effort will include health and safety training, management courses and specialized webinars. The board approved a major element of this effort, a program to develop a body of knowledge for the demolition process, which will be used as the base for course development for the industry around the world. It will also be evaluating expansion of its existing educational and training offers, many of which have been part of the NDA's Annual Demolition Academy. Other elements of the proposed program include webinars to educate the membership about a variety of special issues such as legal concerns for the demolition contractors, basic industrial hygiene, building a disaster response capability and the like. The association is also considering the development of management courses in financial management for demolition companies, job site personnel management, demolition estimating and similar management education programs.

The first element of this program is how to see exactly what educational and training offerings the membership of the NDA is interested in and would use. The association will be conducting an in-depth survey of the NDA's Regular Members to determine their training and education needs, the price of these services and the delivery systems that best meet their needs. The results of this important survey will guide the board as it implements the various elements of the NDA's Education Initiative.

NDA President Don Rachel encourages all NDA members to participate in this survey. It is vitally important for the board of directors to understand the needs of the industry. Look for this survey in July or August. It will be forwarded to each Regular Member online and via regular USPS mail. Please take the time to provide the board with your thoughts on this valuable member service that is sure to benefit you and your company.

NDA board to meet in the Big Apple and Miami Beach in 2012 and 2013
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NDA President Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has completed the selection of sites for the 2012-2013 board of directors meetings.

Sept. 28-29
Intercontinental New York Times Square
New York, NY

Jan. 11-12
Trump International Beach Resort
Miami Beach, Fla.

Rachel encourages every member of the association to attend these important meetings and participate in planning the association's future.

NDA moves 2014 convention dates
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Because the massive construction exhibit, ConExpo/ConAg, rescheduled their 2014 event to the first week of March, the NDA has decided to adjust the dates of its 2014 Annual Convention. Originally scheduled to take place right before ConExpo/ConAg on March 8-11, (ConExpo/ConAg's new dates are March 4-8) the NDA 2014 Annual Convention will be Feb.22-Feb. 25. The NDA guarantees that all of its exhibitors will have ample time to move into the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2014 ConExpo/ConAg.

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A clean new life for grimy gas stations
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A gas station in Hudson Valley, N.Y., hamlet sat empty for years, leaching petroleum into the soil and well water. But a renovation that will transform the abandoned station into a yoga studio, wellness center and a charging station for electric cars has turned the eyesore into a symbol of this struggling community's revival. Thousands of gas stations have closed in the last two decades, leaving many communities saddled with vacant or abandoned properties. Because gas stations are often built on busy street corners, boarded-up stations have marred the entrances to many bustling business districts in American towns and cities. More

Demolition begins on St. John's hospital in Joplin, Miss.
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Demolition work is under way on the hospital in Joplin, Miss., that took a direct hit from the deadly tornado last year. Demolition crews began work with a 5,000-pound wrecking ball on what remains of St. John's Regional Medical Center, emptied since the May 22, 2011, EF5 tornado wiped out a huge swath of Joplin. The tornado killed 161 people, including six people at the hospital. More

World's 1st nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap
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The world's first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was recently put up for auction as scrap metal to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state. The 720-foot vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War II to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world's highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history. More

Michigan demolition expert knocks down big ones
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When a 150-feet-tall cement storage silo was about to come tumbling down, even seasoned demolition pros paused in their work, whipped out their cellphone cameras and stood by to see how the silo crumbled. After it had fallen amidst impressive dust clouds, excavator operator Mike Seymour of Midland, Mich., climbed down out of his Caterpillar 385 and grinned, "That was fun!" More

Construction of the world's largest solar bridge reaches halfway point in London
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London's super-solar Blackfriars Station is halfway to becoming home to the world's largest solar bridge. Solarcentury began construction on the ambitious project last fall, fitting the bridge with a solar array that will supply a whopping 900,000 kWh of clean electricity per year, provide more than 50 percent of its power need to operate the transit hub, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 511 tons for the same time period. More

Bridging the gap
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When motorists drive across a temporary bridge like the one currently carrying eastbound traffic on Interstate 84 over the Sandy River east of Portland, Ore., they probably have no idea that much of that structure will one day serve the same purpose at a different location. Nor do they realize that materials recovered from the old demolished eastbound bridge are also on their way to new uses. But these are examples of how contractors are planning ahead to use salvaged materials where possible and save others for reuse. More

Why steel demand is ahead of industrial growth
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Indian steel demand rose sharply in the April to June quarter, bucking weak industrial growth and a slowdown in infrastructure spending. India is the world's fourth-largest steel-maker, behind China, Japan and the U.S. Steel demand usually tracks growth in industrial output quite closely, as it is the basic raw material for both the manufacturing and construction sectors. More

Copper wire theft costing industry millions in Canada
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Theft of copper wire and other metals for scrap is costing businesses in Calgary, Canada, millions of dollars every year, police say. Police in Calgary have an investigative unit dedicated to the growing problem of metal theft. The amount of money being siphoned off in scrap metal could be as high as $20 million per year, said Acting Staff Sgt. Jason Bobrowich. More

5 signs your small business should be on LinkedIn
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Small businesses and startups have to tackle daunting to-do lists in order to stay in the game. In light of this, we've created a reverse checklist to make your life a little easier on the social media front. Review the following indicators to determine whether your small business qualifies for a LinkedIn presence. More


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