NDA president: ‘We have rebounded extremely well’
By KHL Staff02 March 2022
US National Demolition Association president Scott Homrich says he is delighted with the industry’s response to the return of an in-person convention and expo.
Speaking at the four-day (26 February to 1 March) event in San Diego, California, Scott – who is also CEO of US family-run demolition business Homrich Wrecking - told D&Ri that attendance numbers are higher than the last pre-Covid gathering two years ago.
“Overall, the convention and expo has gone great,” said Scott.
“We beat our attendance from two years ago, which was pre-Covid. Our membership is back up and above where we were two years ago as well.
“Everybody went through the downturn due to Covid, but we’ve rebounded extremely well.”
A year ago, the NDA had to move its annual event online due to Covid-19, but Scott says the opportunity to attend, along with an upturn in business, has brought a wider range of demolition people to San Diego.
“Usually, the convention reflects the economy. If we have a good market, people are more willing to bring more of their project managers, superintendent-level people, their mid-level managers and that usually boosts attendance, which I think we saw with the numbers we had here.
“I think we’re probably past the ups and downs of the pandemic; it seems like most everybody’s moved on.
“You see travel restrictions opening up everywhere, and I think that bodes well for economic growth worldwide.”