DOYLESTOWN, PA, JUNE 2, 2010 – Sheldon J. “Red” Mandell, Chicago demolition industry veteran and first president of the National Demolition Association, received the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the influential role he played in the growth of the Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of National Wrecking Company, a family-owned business he has managed since 1952.
helped launch the National Demolition Association (then called the National
Association of Demolition Contractors) 37 years ago when it was then a small
group of member companies looking to raise the professionalism and image of our
industry,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the
Association. “Today, the Association has grown to 1,000 member companies
in North America and around the world involved in a highly sophisticated
industry requiring knowledge in engineering, mechanical and electrical systems,
and environmental regulations.” The NDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award was
presented recently at the Association’s 37th Annual
Convention in Las Vegas.
held the position of NDA president from 1973 through 1975 and also served on
the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for five years. At the
same time, he was shepherding the National
Wrecking Company into the national spotlight as a premier demolition
services organization. Over the years, his firm has demolished in excess
of 100,000 structures for more than 1,500 clients. Its experience
includes the demolition of heavy industrial buildings, skyscrapers, large
commercial structures, bridges, refineries, smokestacks, towers, and residential
properties. In addition to the full range of demolition activities, the
company also handles environmental remediation services.
A Skokie, IL, resident,
Mandell is also involved in his community and served as past president of
Congregation Kol Emeth in Skokie.