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C&D Recycling Forum to 'Take on the Issues'
C&D Recycling Forum, By: Jim Keefe    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you registered yet and booked your flight? Don't forget to make your travel arrangements and register for the event before travel prices take off.

Speakers will address hot topics that C&D recyclers and demolition contractors face.

The C&D Recycling Forum, Sept. 23-25 at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., will tackle hot topics during a session titled, "Taking on the Issues," 3:30 p.m. PDT Sept. 24.

C&D recyclers and demolition contractors face many challenges in order to remain competitive in their businesses. From legislative issues to LEED to materials theft, the issues abound.

Longtime waste industry consultant Bob Brickner of GBB Inc., Fairfax Va., will moderate this session with subjects that are diverse and having an effect on the industry.

Jason Haus of Dem-Con Companies, LLC, Shakopee, Wis., will provide an update on regulatory conditions, including the EPA's Non Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule. Haus also will discuss progress the Construction Materials Recycling Association is making to certify the recycling rates of C&D recycling facilities through the Institute for Certification of Sustainable Recyclers independent, third-party certification.

Richard Lorenz, Central Environmental Services Inc., Orlando, Fla., will provide advice on how to prevent metals thefts from construction and demolition sites an issue that can cost demolition contractors thousands of dollars in lost revenues.

This is just one of several sessions geared at helping improve the businesses of those who handle C&D debris. Click here to learn more about the entire schedule of events.

For more information or to register, visit or contact a conference representative at 800/456-0707 or

We hope to see you in Long Beach!

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NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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The 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 to forward scholarship and Lifetime Achievement Award Applications in September
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The Awards Committee of the NDA will be sending application forms for the association's College Scholarship Program and its Lifetime Achievement Award to all Regular Members in September. Last year in San Antonio at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention, the Awards Committee presented three scholarships to high school seniors valued at a total of $17,500, two of which were funded by the association's "Dues Check-off" program, and three continuing education scholarships, including the Southern California Chapter Scholarship, the Patrick H. O'Rourke Scholarship and the Sims Adams Scholarship totaling some $13,500. The Awards Committee intends to present the scholarships and the 40th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award at the NDA's Annual Banquet on March 26 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

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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

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.

NDA to survey Regular Members about education initiative
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The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA is sending an important survey to every Regular Member of the association concerning its proposed Education Initiative. The survey, being conducted by Association Headquarters, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J., will solicit information concerning the courses and programs that the Education Committee should consider offering as part of this comprehensive initiative. The survey will be sent to every Regular Member via U.S. Mail with a stamped self-addressed return envelop and electronically via email.

The results of the survey will be reported to the NDA's board of directors at its upcoming Fall Board Meeting in New York City on Sept. 29. In order to develop the programs and delivery systems that suit the needs of the demolition industry, the board and its Education Committee needs to get as much information as possible from its major market, its Regular Members. The survey results will guide the board as it develops a major new member service to help its members train their workforce and grow their companies.

As an added incentive and to express its thanks for responding to the survey each responding firm will automatically be entered to win a $500 American Express Gift Card (two winners will be drawn); and an iPad2 (one winner will be drawn; or, the grand prize: FREE DELEGATE REGISTRATION to the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego, March 23–26, 2013, a $700 value!

The board of directors needs its Regular Members to provide it with input about how its Education Initiative should proceed. Please respond to the survey from Association Headquarters by Aug. 31.

NDA Education Committee announces regional training sessions
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The Education Committee of the NDA has announced three regional training sessions for the current fiscal year. The first will be at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Mass., off Route 128 near Boston on Oct. 26-27. Program offerings include the OSDHA Demolition-specific 10-hour construction health and safety course; Industrial Hygiene 101 for the demolition industry; demolition-specific Lift Safety Training; and PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be provided for both the OSHA 10-hour and the Lift Safety Training course. The cost of this program is that same as the NDA's Demolition Academy. Additional programs will be offered in Chicago in February and Los Angeles in May or early June. Registration forms are in the September/October issue of Demolition and will be mailed out shortly to all Regular Members of the NDA. The registration form will also be available online at

Member-Get-A-Member program continues
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The Member Services Committee of the board of directors continues to promote its Member-Get-A-Member program instituted last year. Prizes, which include a 42-inch big screen TV, will be presented at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego next March. As the demolition economy slowly improves the goal of the Member Services Committee is to attract new members involved in all aspects of the demolition process and to get previous members who have let their dues lapse to rejoin the association.

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.

  Industry News

NDA issues environmental project awards
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The NDA presented the second Environmental Excellence Awards to four companies that have performed demolition projects that demonstrate significant environmental conservation and community improvement, while bringing about a discernible positive impact on the quality of life in the U.S. and Canada. "The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize NDA member companies which are true leaders in environmental stewardship," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the NDA. More

Single implosion will destroy California power plant
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Dynegy South Bay LLC, former operators of the defunct South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, Calif., have filed an amendment to their demolition plan for the facility with the California Coastal Commission. Instead of using a two-phased implosion, the company intends to destroy the plant with a single blast, the Port of San Diego reports. More

Fall protection equipment market to accelerate through 2017
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The low to moderate levels of compliance with health and safety regulations have hindered the growth of the fall protection market in North America. However, with regulatory bodies cracking down on noncompliant companies, the market for fall protection gear is set to accelerate. More stringent enforcement of safety regulations by the government, oil and gas commissions, OSHA, American National Standards Institute and Canadian Standards Association is expected to continue during the next five to seven years. More

Historic Georgia mansion could cost $350,000 to move
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The historic Georgia mansion that seems plunked down atop a patch of grass in front of the tall condo building in Buckhead, Ga., could soon be demolished unless a buyer comes forward to move it, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. The brick home was built in 1924 for the great-great grandson of Thomas Jefferson and was then surrounded by other grand homes. More

Demolition of Iowa building uncovers mural
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Demolition of an old bank building in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, has uncovered a surprise — a mural of three American bison painted on a wall more than 30 years ago and hidden for decades. "I'm amazed it's still here," said Donna Friedman, who was among a group of University of Iowa students who painted the mural in the mid-1970s as part of a city beautification project. More

Construction spending remains tight, but shows life
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Construction spending nationwide hiccuped in July with a 0.9 percent decrease compared to June, according to an analysis of new federal data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. But year-over-year spending was up 9.3 percent nationwide, and that is the number to watch, said John Danis, CEO of Ohio-based Danis Building Construction Co. More

Detroit housing project coming down to make way for new homes
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Demolition of the Charles Terrace housing projects on Detroit's east side will make way for phase two of the $42 million Emerald Springs project that will replace the aged housing with new, affordable units. Construction of the 48-unit phase two will begin after demolition of the Charles Terrace projects. The units will be the same as those in phase one and are expected to be completed by 2014. More

US manufacturing shrank for 3rd month in August
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U.S. factory activity shrank for a third straight month in August, and construction spending in July suffered its deepest slump in a year, economic reports show. The Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity fell slightly to 49.6, down from 49.8 in July and the lowest level in three years. More


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