The National Demolition Association (NDA) Convention held recently in Austin, Texas was the best show in the association’s history, say several exhibitors. This year’s show featured more than 40 per cent more exhibitors than last year and a new live demolition area.
“It was a phenomenal show,” says Robert Burnett, sales and marketing manager with HKX, who has attended many NDA conventions. “There was tons of business. Austin was a great location; easy to get to and there’s a lot of work in Texas. The Live DEMOlition Event was a real winner for us; people could see our product at work. Overall, good folks, good interest, good location.”
“The Live DEMOlition Event was a great addition to an already successful event,” adds Rich Elliott, Epiroc product manager — hydraulic attachments. “We appreciated being able to let contractors experience what our equipment can do for them.” The Live DEMOlition Event featured Caterpillar, Komatsu and Volvo excavators equipped with different breakers and shears in order to break rock and cut metal. This is the first year the NDA Convention had a live equipment demonstration.
The show kicked off with a presentation by Paul Teutul Sr. from the Discovery Channel’s popular show “American Chopper,” which centred on the custom motorcycle shop Orange County Choppers, founded by Teutel. He talked about how he grew his small custom bike shop into a popular and lucrative business through television, videogames and books. The NDA Convention also featured the show’s educational series.
In addition to the full-length sessions, the show also offered the recently introduced “Fast and Furious” presentations. These 15-minute presentations give insights into a specific topic within demolition, such as the presentation on Navigating the Revised Silica Regulations for Demolition in Real Time, or offer a general perspective, such as the presentation on Foundations of Demolition Estimating.