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US construction employment picks up
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Half the states in the U.S. saw construction employment increase in August, and year-on-year increases in employment were also seen according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The association said the number of states reporting an increase in construction jobs compared to a year ago rose to 10, from just six in July. More

Obama signs small business bill into law
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President Barack Obama signed a $30 billion small business lending bill into law, claiming a victory on economic policy for his fellow Democrats ahead of November congressional elections. The law sets up a lending fund for small businesses and includes an additional $12 billion in tax breaks for small companies. Obama is trying to show voters, who are unhappy about 9.6 percent unemployment, that he and his party are doing everything they can to boost the tepid U.S. economy. More

Deadline extended for 2010 ENR Demolition Insert
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McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has extended the ad deadline for the annual Demolition Insert until Nov. 5. This important NDA member service reaches over 250,000 ENR readers making it one of the Association's most important public relations efforts to promote the demolition process. This year's Demolition Insert will appear in the Nov. 22, issue of ENR. Marketing your firm's services to the largest audience possible in one of the most respected construction publications makes perfect business sense.

Consequently, project stories and photos are now due to Mike Taylor, Executive Director of the NDA in Doylestown, Pa. ( on Nov. 5. For information about advertising rates contact Al D'Alessandro, ENR's Director of Special Publications at 914.219.5070 or

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Hazardous materials: Limiting the use of electronic devices by highway
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposes to prohibit texting on electronic devices by drivers during the operation of a motor vehicle containing a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding under part 172 of the 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) or any quantity of a select agent or toxin listed in 42 CFR part 73. More

Data needed to support lead-based paint issue in excavator cabs
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When the NDA presented its High Reach Demolition Machine Guidance Document, developed in concert with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in the U.K., to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for review at a Sept. 9, meeting in Washington, D.C., one of the issues discussed was whether OSHA's personal protection rules for lead-based paint (29 CFR 1926.62) should be enforced for operators of the industry's excavators involved with shearing lead-containing structural steel. Specifically, the NDA has requested a "Letter of Interpretation" from OSHA to clarify whether operators need to be wearing all the personal protective equipment when working in an enclosed cab cutting lead-based paint (LBP)-containing structural steel.

OSHA is interested in evaluating air monitoring data from shearing operations that would validate the NDA's contention that there is little chance for exposure when cutting LBP-containing structural steel. Your Association will be collecting this data and needs members to provide air monitoring and bulk sample data for lead results on projects where cutting of structural steel is taking place. This is an important research effort that will benefit the entire demolition industry. For more specific information about this effort, call 1.800.541.2412.

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Cherry wins Apex award for demolition of hotel
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Houston-based Cherry, specialists in industrial demolition, dismantling, asset recovery and recycling, recently won a 2010 APEX (Award for Project Excellence) from the Houston chapter of Associated General Contractors. AGC honored Cherry for its safe and efficient demolition of the Savoy Hotel in downtown Houston in October 2009. The city of Houston had declared the 103-year-old building structurally unsound and a safety hazard. More

Buy the NDA's demolition textbook in bulk
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The NDA's new demolition textbook, written by Richard J. Diven and Dr. Mark Shaurette, for us at the Association's demolition sub-major program at Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management in W. Lafayette, Ind., is enjoying wide acclaim from the demolition industry. Sales of the textbook have been brisk and the Board of Directors has decided to provide a bulk rate of those NDA members who buy 50 or more copies of the work. There will be a savings of 10 percent, or $45 per book, for those NDA members who purchase 50 or more volumes. Shipping and handling is included in this price. To purchase Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management from the NDA go to or call 1.800.541.2412.

Finlay adds new edge with glass reprocessing plant
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A new glass reprocessing plant has started operating at Bank End Quarry, in Blaxton, South Yorkshire, U.K. Moss Construction Aggregates and Recycling Limited, which has been operating the 35 year-old quarry for the last five years, decided to start the "cutting edge reprocessing plant" in an effort to add a "new string to the company's bow", according to director Ean Noble. More

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Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) promotes the safe and economically feasible recycling of the more than 325 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually. These materials include aggregates such as concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals. More info

Antoine Predock's CLA building in California may be demolished
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Antoine Predock's futuristic Classroom Laboratory Administration (CLA) Building, on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona, in Pomona, Calif., is only 17 years old, but it may be headed for demolition. University officials say the triangular structure, known on campus as the "pointy building," needs extensive repairs and seismic upgrades that could cost as much as $80 million. More

'The Magic is Back' is theme for NDA's 38th Annual Convention
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The Convention Committee has selected "The Magic Is Back" as the theme for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention scheduled at The Mirage in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, March 5-8, 2011. Monday Night Theme Party, sponsored as always by Stanley LaBounty of Two Harbors, Minn., will feature some of Las Vegas' most entertaining illusionists in a 90-minute show beginning at 7 p.m. on March 6, 2011 in The Mirage Exhibition Center. Delegate Registration information for next year's show at The Mirage will be available shortly from the NDA and will appear in the next two issues of Demolition Magazine as well as on the Association's website.

For more information about the NDA's Annual Convention in Las Vegas in March of 2011, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Look for a Delegate Registration form for next year's Annual Convention at The Mirage on our website soon.

Regulatory compliance costs 364 percent more for small firms
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Small businesses still face a disproportionate burden when it comes to costs of federal regulations compared to larger firms, according to a study released by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy (SBA). In a report entitled The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms, the SBA found that compliance with environmental regulations costs 364 percent more in small firms than in large firms. The cost of tax compliance is 206 percent higher in small firms than the cost in large firms. More

ASPA announces 'How to Champion Disaster's First 72 Hours' webinar
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The American Society for Public Administration, which the NDA is a member of, is sponsoring a webinar entitled "How to Champion Disaster's First 72 Hours" which will focus on public perceptions of public safety and utility service organizations' ability to provide essential services within the first three days of a disaster. This webinar will also address how contingency plans underestimate the issue of responders as victims, and what those organizations can do to prepare an immediate and sustained response following a disaster. As many NDA members provide second response services in times of disaster this webinar could prove very useful as a learning tool for those companies involved with disaster response and urban search and rescue operations. For more information go to or call the NDA at 1.800.541.2412.

Minnesota recycler nominated for global award
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Lloyd's Construction Services Inc., Savage, Minn., has been named as a finalist for the Demolition Safety Award to be presented at the 2010 World Demolition Summit. Hosted by Demolition and Recycling International magazine, the summit includes a ceremony with multiple demolition awards to be presented at a banquet on Nov. 5, in Amsterdam. More

Diesel and copper price spikes push construction materials prices up 0.2 percent in August
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The price trend for construction materials remains negative in the current sluggish economy but a 5.8 percent increase in diesel prices and a 7.8 percent rise in copper product prices more than offset declines in lumber, gypsum, plastic products and structural steel. Price indexes for completed buildings, including labor, equipment and profits, declined marginally and remain below year ago levels except for schools. More
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