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Blog -  Markup & Profit    8/07/07

Markup and Profit is a new feature to FenceWeek. by Michael Stone

Customer Games with Your Money      I believe a majority of the conflicts I see as an expert witness, arbitrator, consultant and business coach are a direct result of a lack of respect for our profession. I served as expert witness last week and this attitude was obvious from both the owner and his attorney. I'm not sure about the judge, but it was clear that he was not happy that his precious court time was being used by yet another fight between an owner and a contractor...
Markup Blog

Industry News

Chamberlain announces beefed up marketing, increased personnel to support dealers
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Aug 1, 2007
The Chamberlain Group Inc. announces key promotions and new personnel in the sales and marketing areas to further its leadership role in providing innovative, high-quality garage door openers, commercial door operators, access control products and gate operators for professional markets...
Jewett-Cameron Announces Entry into European Market
CNNMoney.com  - Aug 7, 2007
NORTH PLAINS, Ore., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jewett-Cameron Trading Company Ltd. has announced that it has entered the European market with its high quality dog kennels in conjunction with R.J. Leigh Pet Products of Newport, South Wales...
SecurePets Introduces In-Ground Cat Fence for Pet Safety
Emediawire (press release), WA  - Aug 7, 2007
"There are many in-ground fences for dogs, but now there's one for cats as well," said Chuck Yost of SecurePets.com. "The PetSafe Deluxe In-Ground Cat Fence ...

Decking Industry News

Barrie, Ont. decking manufacturer ends production
Canadian Plastics, Canada  - Aug 6, 2007
Carney Timber Company, a Barrie, Ont.-based manufacturer of Xtendex-brand composite decking products, has ended its operations. Parent company Wash.-based McFarland Cascade recently announced that it had made the decision to shut the plant down in July...
Fiber Composites buys Louisiana Pacific WPC plant
Modern Plastics On The Web, NY  - Aug 6, 2007
Fiber Composites says this purchase makes it the second largest manufacturer of composite decking and railing, behind Trex (Winchester, VA), with the highly ...
LP signs letter of intent to sell Meridian, Idaho, composite decking facility to Fiber Composites .
JEC Composites, France  - Aug 6, 2007
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) announced it has signed a letter of intent to sell its Meridian, Idaho, composite decking plant to Fiber Composites, LLC. The sale, which is expected to close at the end of third quarter 2007, also includes the use of the BeatherBest brand name. ...

Composite Decking - Consumer

Old homes get decked out into dream homes
Brentwood Press, CA  - Aug 6, 2007
It wasn't uncommon a few years ago to upgrade your home by simply visiting your local Realtor to find out what bigger and better homes were available in the area...
Composite decks take very little maintenance
Pocono Record, PA  - Aug 4, 2007
Some composite-decking manufacturers have taken a further step and have developed the equivalent for fencing. With experience honed from composite-decking...

Building Codes/Permit Issues

Panel to study fence, blight, newsrack rules
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Aug 3, 2007
The Saratoga Planning Commission will hold a study session 5 p.m. Tuesday to gauge public opinion on updating existing ordinances and creating new ones. The city is looking to update the existing fence ordinance and add blight newsrack ordinances...
Building permit, fence likely needed before first dip in pool
Lebanon Daily News, PA  - Aug 3, 2007
Under the Uniform Construction Code, pools deeper than 2 feet must be surrounded by a barrier, usually a fence. This fence must stand at least 4 feet high...
County Extends Fencing Ordinance For Farmers
KSBW Channel.com, CA  - Aug 1, 2007
Supervisors agreed to a 90-day extension of an ordinance that would allow growers to build 8-foot-tall fences around their fields to prevent wildlife...
Why did YC fence fees jump?
Appeal-Democrat, CA  - Aug 7, 2007
The reason it might pay to wait longer is that the city is expected to adopt a new building code in January - and fences less than 6 feet tall may be exempt ...

Community Fence Projects

Brumby-proof fence
Townsville Bulletin, Australia  - Aug 6, 2007
IF you're a fencing contractor get your crowbar and long-handled shovel up to the Clemant State Forest between Bluewater and Rollingstone....

Local Government Issues

Garage owner fights $18300 fence fine
Martha's Vineyard Times, MA  - Aug 1, 2007
The saying goes that good fences make good neighbors. Building them, however, may prove costly, as Allan "Buddy" de Bettencourt recently found out, when the Oak Bluffs building inspector fined him $18,300 for failing to erect a fence as directed by the town...
Commissioners address fence dispute
Ellsworth Reporter, KS  - Aug 1, 2007
As a result Rush, along with Commissioners Al Oller and Terry Kueser, asked Shepack to clarify the state law on fences. "Basically, you guys are acting ...
Council gives ok for steel pool fencing
Innisfil Scope, Canada  - Aug 1, 2007
At that time, the by-law only allowed chain link, steel panels, wood or masonry fencing. According to Staff Report PDS-099-07, staff reviewed other fence...
Council's U-turn over fence plan
Surrey Advertiser, UK  - Aug 1, 2007
Councillor Anne Meredith defended the application for the new fence. She said: "The existing fencing adds nothing to the atmosphere of the recreation ground ...
Racehorse trainers clash with farmers over fence
FarmersWeekly, UK  - Aug 3, 2007
A row between farmers and racehorse trainers in the Yorkshire Dales town of Middleham has erupted following a decision by the trainers to erect a fence to ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Odd truck was tipoff in arrest for drugs
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA  - Aug 6, 2007
Crown Fence was undistinguished from the thousands of small businesses that fill office parks across Forsyth County and metro Atlanta...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Some near border say barrier is necessary
El Paso Times, TX  - Aug 6, 2007
Used underwear. Temporary cell phone. A lady's blouse. Sweatpants. A plastic baggie used to carry marijuana. For Mark Grijalva, these items, the trappings of illegal border crossings left behind among the rows of cotton he tends...
The Reform Institute and Brickfish™ Partner to Beautify the U.S.-Mexican Border
American Digital Networks (press release), MD  - Aug 6, 2007
SAN DIEGO-(Business Wire)-August 6, 2007 - Brickfish(TM), the online content marketing platform, today announced a partnership with non-partisan public policy think tank, The Reform Institute, to launch the "Design Your Portion of the Border Fence" campaign...

Snow Fences

Before there was a state, there were snow fences
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY  - Aug 6, 2007
Snow fences are allies in the wintry war against blowing snow and ice. They essentially corral snow, by aiding in the formation of drifts before the snow reaches a road. In the 1970s, the state highway department found it had reduced snow and ice removal costs by over one-third on a 45-mile stretch of I-80 where snow fences were installed. ...
Snow, wind and wood
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY  - Aug 5, 2007
Such is the business approach of Centennial Woods Inc. of Laramie, whose focus is exploiting the market potential of old snow fences...

Homeland Security

You Too Can Break Into a Chemical Plant
Washington Monthly, DC  - Aug 6, 2007
Lax security at our nation's chemical plants may endanger the millions of Americans unlucky enough to live near them, but it's been a boon for investigative journalism. It's become practically commonplace for intrepid reporters to demonstrate the ease with which one can penetrate a dangerous facility. B...

Schools and Fences

School fence: Security or eyesore?
The Record-Courier, NV  - Aug 6, 2007
But neighbors of the high school told the Minden Town Board that the proposed fence would be an eyesore. "Our concern is vandalism," said Jeremy Hutchings...
Fences beef up school security
Times Picayune, LA  - Aug 4, 2007
Folse said the fencing would help deter intruders by establishing a perimeter around school grounds and creating a single entry point. The chain-link fences ...
Construction For Odyssey Middle School Fence Begins Friday
WESH.com, FL  - Aug 3, 2007
A fence will go up on Friday around the site where explosives were found around Odyssey Middle School in Orange County. Parents are not confident the...

Community Issues

Fence repaired after Chronicle action
ic CheshireOnline, UK  - Aug 3, 2007
A PLAYING field, which was exposed to vandals, has had emergency repairs carried out to its fencing days after T he Chronicle highlighted the problem...
Tent City fencing welcomed by some
Edmonton Sun, Canada  - Aug 2, 2007
Fenton, a local asbestos remover, said fencing the lot off to anyone who isn't camping there makes him feel more like he's in his own residence, where he doesn't have to worry about noise or thieves...


Weird News

Bank teller flusters would-be robber by asking for bag
Canoe, Canada - Aug 7, 2007
NEW HUDSON, Mich. (AP) - A bank teller apparently flustered a would-be bank robber - and foiled a robbery - after asking where the suspect's bag was to carry off the money, authorities said...

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