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Industry News

Merchants Metals Announces Expansion of National Account Department
Press Release, TX - Dec 1, 2005
Houston, TX - Merchants Metals recently announced the addition of two new key personnel to their National Account Team. In making the announcement, Peter Kesser, vice president of sales & marketing stated that, "With these moves, we begin the next phase of the plan to increase our presence in the retail home center business segment."

International Industry News

Gloves off in electric fence trade dispute
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Dec 2, 2005
By JON MORGAN. The sparks are flying in a European trade war in which New Zealand electric fence makers are fighting to protect millions of dollars in exports. ...

Local Government Issues

Warsaw Zoning Board To Hear Requests For Variance, Fence, Retail ...
Warsaw Times Union, IN - Nov 29, 2005
... Don Doan, of 202 S. Union St., will request a variance from developmental standards to erect a 6-foot privacy fence, which would run along Market Street and an ...
River fence will be installed in Towanda in the spring
Towanda Daily Review, PA - Dec 3, 2005
... Earlier this year, the state Department of Transportation had asked the borough to delay installing a section of the fence near the Growmark facility so that ...
Burbank resident fights city's limit on fence heights
Los Angeles Daily News, CA - Dec 4, 2005
The "fence police" are due at his Riverside Drive home after someone - he doesn't know who - reported that he had a hedge that was too tall, raising safety ...
Order to fix fence found on site
Toronto Star, Canada - Dec 6, 2005
At some point, two wide sections of the fence that runs along the Wicksteed portion of the property collapsed, allowing access to a site that is covered with ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Man killed in fence accident at Sanofi Pasteur
philly.com, PA - Nov 30, 2005
SWIFTWATER, Pa. - A man was killed while installing a fence at Sanofi Pasteur's facility in northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday. ...
MIT freshman dies in apparent fall from fence
Boston Globe, United States (free registration)- Dec 2, 2005
An MIT freshman who wanted to become an AIDS researcher died Thursday morning after falling from a fence he had scaled while exploring a wharf in downtown ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Mexicans denounce US border fence
Science Daily (press release) - Dec 1, 2005
Bush on tightrope over border security (November 29, 2005) -- US President George Bush says tightening the border with Mexico is important, but defends his ...
Why build a fence when other solutions are more realistic?
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX - Nov 30, 2005
... The vacuum makes simplistic notions such as building a fence sound good. The reality is that building a fence will fatten the wallets ...

Fences and Neighbors

Neighbors Complain Over Fence That Impales Deer
WDIV, MI - Dec 1, 2005
-- Some residents of rural Oakland County are complaining about a neighbor's fence that they say has impaled at least a dozen deer over the past five years. ...
Fence splits neighbours over path
London Free Press, Canada - Dec 1, 2005
GRAND BEND -- An exclusive community has put up a fence to keep out neighbours, who say their property deeds guarantee them access to the beach. ...
Good grief: Good fences are supposed to make good neighbors
The Bay City Times, MI - Dec 2, 2005
... It's likely the main reason that a Bay City Times story about a fence dispute here has been a hot topic of Internet chatter around the world. On Nov. ...
Dividing A Neighborhood
WJACtv.com, PA - Nov 29, 2005
Somerset County -- "There are no animals here, there is no agricultural need for a barbed wire fence, the only area where the fence is, is where children play ...

Community Issues

Minn. Residents Oppose Prison Fence Plans
Newsday, NY - Dec 2, 2005
... The Harts and many of their neighbors oppose a plan to put a security fence around the state prison for women in this outlying Minneapolis suburb. ...
Noise fence to buffer homes
White Rock Peace Arch News, Canada - Nov 30, 2005
Surrey will build a concrete wall along 32 Avenue to muffle truck noise from high-priced homes in Morgan Creek. Councillors approved ...
Fairgrounds fence eyed
Henderson Gleaner, KY - (registration required) Dec 2, 2005
The money, if acquired, will be used to buy a white three-rail plastic fence, which would line the fairgrounds property along Airline Road as well as the main ...
Landowner agrees to move fence line off road
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - Dec 1, 2005
BLUFFTON -- Fence posts erected in the middle of a dirt road leading to a contentious plot of land in Pinckney Colony were removed Wednesday as part of an ...

Hurricane Wilma

Forget about it: Many S. Floridians decide not to replace screen ...
WPTV, FL - Dec 3, 2005
... she said. Instead, she and her husband, Andrew, are extending the child safety fence around their entire swimming pool. The twisted ...

Schools and Fences

Team support on the fence
Concord Journal, MA - Dec 1, 2005
The softball team erected the fence to keep players and spectators safe. ... Now, the fence that built team unity must go, but not for a few years. ...


Blaxter: summer camp with a rabble-proof fence
Australian, Australia - Dec 4, 2005
THE grog fence at the Port Augusta camp, more than 2m high and topped with barbed wire, has given local Aborigines their own "Blaxter". ...
Iraq minister in Kuwait to discuss border fence
Times of Oman, Oman - Dec 3, 2005
... Minister Bayan Baqer Solagh arrived in Kuwait Saturday on a three-day visit to discuss security issues, including the controversial border fence between the ...
So, didn't like the fence, huh?
Esperance Express, Australia - Nov 30, 2005
A FENCE blocking an access way in Nulsen in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour became a dangerous mess of mangled metal and barbed wire within hours of being ...


Weird News

Statue fenced off to protect groin
TVNZ, New Zealand - Dec 5, 2005
... reported. As well as putting up a fence, officials have erected a sign prohibiting "indecent rubbing", the BBC reported on its website. ...

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