Industry Sees Value in National Demolition Association Membership

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Some 40 new member companies joined the National Demolition Association in 2010 coming from 25 states and three Canadian provinces. ‘Value of membership’ cited as incentive to join by NDA Executive Director.

Membership in the National Demolition Association grew in 2010 with the addition of 40 new member companies representing nearly 25 U.S. states and Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec provinces in Canada. “The fact that we were able to attract so many new members in this current challenging economy is testament to how the industry perceives the value of membership in our Association,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director.

Taylor noted that the NDA provides its members with the tools necessary to help them be leaders in environmental stewardship, safety, and professional competency, while advocating on their behalf with government regulators. “With so many of our member companies being privately owned and entrepreneurial in nature, we are able to be a business support entity to help them better manage their companies and become more profitable,” he explained. “Membership in the NDA can be a strong statement to each company’s customers that they adhere to a high standard of business practices.”

The NDA, a non-profit trade organization representing nearly 1,000 member companies, expanded its membership qualifications scope several years ago beyond demolition contractors to include companies involved in the many facets of the demolition process. This could be C&D recycling, landfilling, facilities decontamination, disaster remediation, salvage, scrap, as well as general contractors and engineers.

Benefits of membership include copies of the Demolition Safety Manual, an Industry-Specific HazCom Program, a full library of safety training DVDs, access to a Demolition Safety Talks program, and an online listing on the NDA’s Contractor Directory. Also among the scores of additional benefits are two free subscriptions to Business Owner magazine and Demolition magazine and a new paid internship/summer work opportunity program. “The value of the benefits afforded each new member is worth several hundred dollars,” Taylor said. “The government representation, networking opportunities made available at our Board of Directors meetings and Annual Convention, and the Public Relations support we give the industry make it really difficult for us to put a real cash value on membership, which many of our long-term members view as invaluable.”

In addition to the 40 new member companies in 2010, the Association also added 20 new Associate Members, companies regularly and actively engaged in the business of furnishing supplies, equipment of services to the demolition industry. Other membership categories include International Members (currently companies come from countries such as United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Australia) and Student Members, which include college and high school students interested in demolition or construction management.

Additional information on becoming a member of the National Demolition Association is available at the website Questions can be sent to

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is


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