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Industry News

Chamberlain Group unveils enhanced dealer extranet site
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Aug 13, 2007
As part of its commitment to lead the industry in dealer support and service, Chamberlain has recently upgraded its dealer extranet Web site to include new and enhanced features. The new site is aimed at giving dealers additional tools to run a more efficient and profitable business. ...
Security Bollards come in 4.5 and 6.625 in. OD.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY  - Aug 9, 2007
MaxiForce™ traffic control bollards come in ... more Custom manufacturer specializing in vehicle access control products to secure restricted access ...
Sundt to build $31.5M border fence
Arizona Daily Star, AZ  - Aug 9, 2007
Phoenix-based Sundt Construction Inc. has been awarded a $31.5 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the design, construction, and installation of a primary border fence along the U.S.-Mexican border at Sasabe....

Decking Industry News

NA WPC decking to grow in spite of housing slump
Modern Plastics On The Web, NY  - Aug 13, 2007
U.S. demand for decking is projected to advance 2.2% per year through 2011 to 3.6 billion lineal feet, valued at $5.6 billion. Growth will be similar to the 2001 to 2006 period, despite a weaker new housing outlook, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm....
Composite decking can spiff up area
Baxter Bulletin, AR  - Aug 13, 2007
It might be time to step up to composite decking. The best brands use virgin polymers instead of recycled materials. You'll get a high-quality look with ...
Composite decks, fences far better than wood
HeraldNet, WA  - Aug 13, 2007
Over the past few years, composite building materials such as roofing, siding and decking have evolved as popular alternatives for people wanting to reduce or eliminate maintenance problems associated with traditional wood building materials ...

DIY - Consumers

Be A Good Neighbor - With A Good Fence! Video
CBS News, NY  - Aug 10, 2007
They say a man's home is his castle, but building a moat isn't practical these days. Putting up a fence is, though. What's more, the classic Robert Frost poem, "Mending Wall" says, "Good fences make good neighbors." ...
Fences help define yards as well as add security
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS  - Aug 10, 2007
"Don't fence me in," the song might say, but for many homeowners, fences are a way to define their yards, add security and, often, add to a home's beauty or charm. "Oh, there are tons of options," said Lee Roach, owner of Roach Fence, Decks and Remodeling Co. in Moss Point. "Ornamental, PVC, wood, picket, chain, wrought iron ...

Local Government Issues

"Offensive" fence face-off in Encinitas
North County Times, CA  - Aug 11, 2007
ENCINITAS ---- The City of Encinitas is tearing down lodgepole fencing along a winding two-mile stretch of road after cars were impaled on the pointed ...
Fencing quiets tent city
Edmonton Sun, Canada  - Aug 13, 2007
Since the metal fence went up around Edmonton's tent city two weeks ago, campers have enjoyed peace and quiet, says a shantytown resident...
Plainfield Twp.: Water tower gets paved drive, fence
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com, MI  - Aug 13, 2007
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP -- The Alpine Avenue water tower will have a paved driveway and security fence for the first time in 19 years...
For man, fence makes sense; city disagrees
Dallas Morning News, TX  - Aug 11, 2007
FLOWER MOUND - Rick Powers likes his little fence. So much so that when the town of Flower Mound ordered him to take it down or else, he chose the "or else."...

Fences and Animals

Cattle Update: Electric Fence Review
CattleNetwork.com, KS - Aug 8, 2007
Dry soils don't provide the same grounding between animal and fence. Fences that might not be challenged in a year with plentiful forage may be tested in ...
Some say park for dogs is overdue
The Union Leader, NH  - Aug 13, 2007
DeVries said volunteers were willing to provide the fencing for the park and try to pay the insurance costs. But insurance would run about $15000 a year...
Fences are shocking
Country News, Australia  - Aug 13, 2007
Most fences are electric and she'd never been on a farm so instead of following the laneway she'd cut across paddocks and every fence she went under she got ...

Homeland Security

Government considering floating security fence around Indian Island pier
Peninsula Daily, WA  - Aug 13, 2007
INDIAN ISLAND - The Army Corps of Engineers is considering constructing a floating fence around the munitions pier at Naval Magazine Indian Island in Port Townsend Bay, Navy officials say. ...
Militants plot to paralyse Heathrow with hoax bombs and security fence attacks
Daily Mail, UK  - Aug 13, 2007
Militants at a Heathrow protest camp are plotting to bring the airport to a halt, it's been revealed today. Climate change activists plan to use illegal tactics such as hoax suspicious packages to cause maximum disruption at one of the busiest times of the year...
The general aviation airport is making several improvements.
Tulsa World, OK  - Aug 11, 2007
On Thursday, TAIT awarded a $101,206 runway incursion prevention contract to Broken Arrow-based Magnum Construction Co. The company will install two new interior gates along Jones Riverside's perimeter roadway as well as replacing five existing electric gate operators...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Fence crew's work never done
Dallas Morning News, TX  - Aug 11, 2007
EL PASO - Every day, members of the Border Patrol welding team go out and fix holes in a 12-mile border fence cut the night before by illegal immigrants sneaking across from Mexico...
Texans raising voices against border fence
USA Today  - Aug 9, 2007
When President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act late last year, he probably thought it was a done deal. Yet, almost 10 months after the Department of Homeland Security was authorized to start enclosing U.S. territory, resistance to the fence is growing, especially in Texas ...
Critics examine legality of border fence
Monitor, TX  - Aug 8, 2007
McALLEN - The federally approved fence planned along the US border with Mexico could violate the US Constitution, an environmental law expert says...


Community Issues

Metro District to host fence replacement meeting
YourHub.com, CO  - Aug 8, 2007
Metro District staff has researched a number of alternative fence materials and styles, and they will explain the phased plan to replace parkway fencing...
Fence raises a hue and cry
St. Petersburg Times, FL  - Aug 10, 2007
When the day came in February to meet with the attorneys, Chris Ball wore a suit. The drive to Tampa seemed surreal, as if he were part of a Law & Order episode...
Historic iron fence returns to courthouse
News Courier, AL  - Aug 11, 2007
He donated a piece of the old wrought-iron fence that surrounded the Limestone County Courthouse when it burned to the ground in 1916 ...
Fence separating Bedford town officials
The Union Leader, NH  - Aug 11, 2007
BEDFORD - Good fences may make good neighbors, but in Bedford a fence has become the latest source of conflict among town councilors ...
Security fencing irks some users at Battle Point
Bainbridge Island Review, WA  - Aug 11, 2007
In this case, the line is a brown chain-link fence, drawn around the perimeter of the park's maintenance building at a cost of $9000 ...

Feds and Fences

National Park says current fencing and hunting not enough to protect Wao Kanaka
Molokai Times, HI  - Aug 10, 2007
When it comes to preserving one of Hawaii's oldest native ohia forests, the National Parks Service at State Department of Land and Natural Resources are saying hunting just isn't enough. Kalaupapa National Park staff said that the only way to protect the natural resources of the Pu'u Ali'i Natural Area Reserve (NAR) is to fence it off and eliminate all hoofed animals within ...

Canal Fences

Canal fences are a homeowner's responsibility, not the state's
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL  - Aug 12, 2007
That means if you choose a house next to a canal, expect to put up a fence, and expect to pay for it. It's the kind of responsibility that comes with ...
Keep government out of fences
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL  - Aug 10, 2007
Saturday's story, "Canals bring rising worries": I , as a homeowner, do not feel that the government has to help to pay for fences along backyard canals ...

Community Fence Projects

Lowe's employees help mend fences with at-risk youths
OurValley.org, VA  - Aug 9, 2007
St. Onge, manager of the Lowe's store in Christiansburg, was wielding a chain saw as he cleared brush along the outside of a fence at Tekoa...

Fencing and Railroads

Rail line fence would turn backyards into 'cages'
The Leader - St. George Sutherland Shire Leader, Australia  - Aug 8, 2007
RESIDENTS whose houses adjoin the rail line at Woolooware say a proposed three-metre-high steel fence on the rear boundary of their properties would turn backyards into ``cages''...

Fence Contractors in the News

Bad Fence Job
abc11tv.com, NC  - Aug 13, 2007
A Cary man paid for a brand new fence that he says he wasn't able to enjoy. Drew Taylor tells Troubleshooter Diane Wilson, "I have a little dog and that's one of the reasons I put it up, was to give him somewhere to run instead of on a chain and I have to tie it so he doesn't get out because the wind will blow it open and he'll get out."...


Weird News

Aussie cowboy says crocs kept him up Outback tree for 6 nights
Canoe, Canada - Aug 14, 2007
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - An Australian cowboy claims he climbed a tree to escape two hungry crocodiles in an Outback swamp and stayed up there for six nights....

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