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Forge Partnerships with Demolition Industry Leaders through NDA Membership

Membership allows companies involved in the demolition process to share best practices, find solutions, and benefit from the invaluable networking opportunities.

By: Drew Lammers

As one of the largest ferrous and non-ferrous scrap processing and electronics recycling companies in the United States, my firm Cohen, based in Cincinnati, works hand-in-hand with demolition contractors from all over the country every day.  When the National Demolition Association (NDA) opened its membership to include not just demolition contractors but also companies which play a key role in the demolition process, it created the most connected community of demolition industry professionals in the world. 

I began my career in demolition in 1996 when I joined King Wrecking, a founding member of the Association.  For 11 years, I helped lead King to be a premier demolition contractor in the Midwest.  And during that time, I'm proud to say I became very involved with the NDA and was eventually elected NDA President in 2009. 

When we sold King to Cohen, my relationship to the demolition industry changed.  At Cohen, we are a valued partner to demolition companies as a company focused on sustainability and annually processing more than 1.25 million tons of scrap generated during demolition projects.  Our NDA membership has become more valuable than ever to the success of my business. 

It's essential that our business stays current with what's happening in the demolition industry. We need to be tuned into current and future trends and maintain strong relationships with other leaders in the industry.  NDA membership has enabled us to share best practices, which raises the bar on the competency of professionalism of the industry overall. 

In an industry where safe work practices are essential to the very survival of our companies, the NDA offers its members a huge advantage by giving them access to true thought leaders in demolition safety.  Our Safety Committee volunteers always make themselves available to fellow members to answer safety questions.  Members can pick up the phone and get an answer to nearly any question. Even when the members don't know the answer, they'll direct the person in the right direction.

Another big advantage to being an NDA member is the advocacy efforts the Association has engaged in since its founding.  Through its leadership, the NDA has lobbied with OSHA and the EPA and together, forged a strong trusting relationship among the groups.  The relationship is so solid that when the NDA speaks, these agencies listen.

Today I'm still involved in the NDA as a member in the Leadership Development Committee.  Over the years I've found that the best way to capitalize on the invaluable services the NDA offers is by getting involved.  When NDA members walk through the doors of our Conventions, Board Meetings or other events, we no longer view one another as competitors but instead as members of a much larger community – the global demolition industry.

Through networking and camaraderie, we are able to share our problems, our concerns, our successes.  And when we begin to form these strong relationships with others in our industry, we begin to learn new ways to run much more successful businesses ourselves.

To learn more about being an NDA Member, visit our Membership page.

About the author: Drew Lammers is an executive with Cohen, a Cincinnati-based ferrous and non-ferrous scrap processing and electronics recycling business. The website is www.cohenusa.com.

     

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