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Industry News

Flexpoint Exploring Security Uses for Sensor Technology
American Digital Networks (press release), MD - Dec 20, 2006
DRAPER, Utah-(Business Wire)-December 20, 2006 - Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:FLXT) today announced they have been approached who are looking to adapt the Bend Sensor(R) technology to the security industry, including uses to monitor fences. ...
Newly revised fencing standards from BSI
Industry Online Blog, UK - Dec 26, 2006
The British Standards Institution (BSI) is revising all standards forming the BS 1722 Fences series. The BS 1722 series aims to establish minimum requirements for materials and workmanship in order to ensure satisfactory service for the purchaser and to assist manufacturers and installers by eliminating unnecessary minor variations in the demands of purchasers. ...
Code-Free Security System eliminates false alarms.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY - Dec 22, 2006
... Security Group (NASDAQ: NSSC) is a leading diversified manufacturer of security products, encompassing burglar and fire alarms, access control systems, video ...

Decking Industry News

Carlyle Group Buying ElkCorp for $827M
CBS News, NY - Dec 18, 2006
(AP) The Carlyle Group, a major private equity firm, is buying roofing and building materials maker ElkCorp for about $827 million with Dallas-based ElkCorp
A new use for an unused space
Los Angeles Times, CA - Dec 24, 2006
... Several manufacturers are betting on under-decking products that turn the normally dark and dank areas beneath backyard decks into outdoor play zones. ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Golden State Fence Executives Plead Guilty to Hiring Undocumented Workers; Company Has Taken Steps to Avoid Recurrence
Golden State (press release), CA - Dec 14, 2006
Golden State Fence Company, one of the nation's leading fence design and installation companies, announced today that two of its corporate officers have pled guilty to charges related to the hiring of undocumented workers ...
Employers stuck in border bind
North County Times, CA - Dec 26, 2006
Building fences can get you in big trouble these days. A federal judge recently slapped a $5 million fine on a local fence company that works for me and every other big home builder in North County. Its executives are facing jail time as well. ...
Do you see what I see?
Maui News, HI - Dec 24, 2006
The owner of Valley Isle Fencing enlists the help of about 20 family and friends to set up the array for spreading holiday cheer to hundreds of visitors a ...
Builder relocates fence near Lyman's surf break
KPUA, HI - Dec 23, 2006
... Hawaii Island Fencing owner Ronnie Llanes says the fence was never intended to deny access to the public. Instead, it was designed ...

Fences and Neighbors

Man arrested after damaging neighbor's fence
Dayton Daily News (subscription), OH - Dec 26, 2006
... The neighbors were having a dispute over the property line and fencing. ... Her neighbor told officers that the complaintant's fence is several inches on his ...

Local Government Issues

Residents knock down fence for Oxford PD
Connecticut Post, CT - Dec 25, 2006
Concerns about the look of the town's main drag prompted residents to scuttle the idea of a vinyl fence at the town's police department. ...
Downtown shelters erect fences to curb drugs
Ottawa Citizen (subscription),  Canada - Dec 20, 2006
... will use fences on their properties after problems with drug dealing, misbehaviour and outsiders. The Shepherds of Good Hope finished erecting a fence at 256 ...
Security National will fence 'Balloon Track'
The Eureka Reporter, CA - Dec 19, 2006
... Fire and Police departments to install temporary construction fencing along the ... Fence installation will begin Thursday and is expected to require approximately ...
Mayor gets festive with fence funds
Ottawa Sun,  Canada - Dec 20, 2006
... the time, Soucie talked with O'Brien about a number of projects the organization was working on, but pointed out their priority was to build a fence to secure ...

Community Issues

RV park wants guard's residence, higher fence
St. Petersburg Times, FL - Dec 21, 2006
Ruskin: Owners of a park for recreational vehicles are asking for a permanent security guard's residence and to raise the height of a perimeter fence from 6 to ...
Commuters cranky over new fence at Metra stop
Aurora Beacon News, IL - Dec 22, 2006
AURORA -- It's been a week now since the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad installed a new chain-link fence by the Aurora Transportation Center, and ...
Stark-looking security fence but we will reap its benefits
Gisborne Herald, New Zealand - Dec 21, 2006
Although the BW campground fence has been dubbed Stalag 13 by some of the junior soccer people using it in winter, District Council reserves staff believe it ...
Demolition of despised fence
Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK - Dec 22, 2006
By Sarah Newstead. The demolition of a despised fence that soured community relations could cost the council thousands in returned grants, it has been revealed. ...

Fences in the Courts

Marina to fix safety fence
Miami Herald, FL - Dec 24, 2006
and the city recently reached an agreement that ends a lawsuit but requires the marina to replace a fence that was knocked down by Hurricane Wilma. ...
Fence tiff lands in court
OCRegister, CA - Dec 23, 2006
... SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A dispute between neighbors over whether a fence should be built on a road that some say is all that remains of a historic footpath ...

Pool Safety

Pool safety first! Resort refuses to sit on fence
Sunshine Coast Daily, Australia - Dec 20, 2006
... after being granted exemptions from fencing their pool areas in 1984. Lend Lease, which acquired the Hyatt Coolum in 2003, has already agreed to fence its pool ...

Community Fence Projects

Fence replacement project complete
Bowling Green Daily News,  United States - Dec 20, 2006
An area retailer looking for a community safety project chose the replacement of a fence at Bowling Green High School. The high ...
Build fences over holidays
Joliet Herald News, IL - Dec 20, 2006
... the holidays by joining the US Forest Service to build rustic "wattle fences" at the ... The wattle fence is probably one of the oldest forms of fence and involves ...

Fences and Animals

Ohio lawmaker seeks regulation of dangerous wild, exotic animals
Akron Beacon Journal, OH - Dec 26, 2006
... of the proposed safety requirements call for perimeter fencing around the ... criticized state lawmakers for failing to require perimeter fences around wildlife ...
Stand-off after farm fence row
Guardian Unlimited, UK - Dec 20, 2006
... and fencing material which had been erected without permission along the carriageway of the B4578 by an adjoining landowner. "The existence of the fence had ...
Thinking about good fences
Bolton Common, MA - Dec 21, 2006
... He has learned to lower the height of a fence to where he can jump over it – this includes stock fencing, rigid metal stock panels and wooden fences. ...

Schools and Fences

School board hears about security plans in district
Siftings Herald, AR - Dec 20, 2006
... Miller said he was meeting with fencing contractors today to get cost estimates on the project. He expects the changes at Perritt to cost less than $25,000. ...

Fencing and Airports

GAO to test US airport perimeter security
United Press International - Dec 22, 2006
22 (UPI) -- Congressional investigators plan to launch a major test of US airport perimeter security and the screening of airport employees next year. ...

Space Fence

Pentagon Cuts 'Space Fence' Funding
Military.com - Dec 22, 2006
The funding cuts to the so-called "Space Fence" program are included in an internal Pentagon budget document known as program decision memorandum IV, signed by ...

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International

Israel's cost on fence route may reach 238 mln USD
EastDay.com, China - Dec 22, 2006
Israel's cost on changing route of the West Bank security fence have reached approximately NIS 700million (166.67 million US dollars) and it may rise to as ...
Pakistan Announces Plans to Fence and Mine Border with Afghanistan
Voice of America - Dec 26, 2006
... to work out modalities for selectively fencing and mining the Pakistan-Afghanistan border," Riaz says. No details were provided on where the fence would be ...
PA Arabs Attempt to Damage Gaza Perimeter Fence
Arutz Sheva, Israel - Dec 26, 2006
(IsraelNN.com) A short time ago, IDF forces identified two Palestinian Authority residents attempting to damage the perimeter fence along the northern Gaza ...
No border fencing, Kabul tells Islamabad
Kuwait News Agency, Kuwait - Dec 26, 2006
... fence the border on its own side without agreement with Afghanistan. But Khaliq Ahmad said the problem was lying in militancy and not in the border fencing. ...

Weird News

Festivus is for real
Canoe Network CNEWS Dec 23, 2006
Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way...

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