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Blog -  Markup & Profit    12/11/07

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

Planning 2008 - Part 2      Last week's newsletter ended with "Have you tried direct mail advertising? What have you tried that generated the type of leads you want? That is where to focus your money. Check the results monthly to see the results and adjust your advertising as needed." ...    Markup Blog

Industry News - Products

Press Release - Dec 11, 2007
Folsom, PA. -- December 11, 2007 -- International Gate Devices, one of the early pioneers of bolt-on internal slide track systems for cantilever gates and celebrating it's 25th anniversary, has announced the introduction of their E/Z SLIDE BOTTOM TRACK ...
Wood-Filled Composites Jump off the Deck
High Performance Composites - Dec 10, 2007
By far the biggest sector of the wood-plastic composite (WPC) industry, this segment accounts for deck board and railing, molding and trim, fencing and door ...

Decking Industry News

UPM's New 'Green' Building Material Creates Buzz at Design Miami
CNW Telbec (Communiqu‚s de presse), Canada - Dec 4, 2007
WESTMONT, Ill., Dec. 7 /CNW/ -- UPM ProFi, an innovative, environmentally appealing wood/plastic composite, stood the test of hundreds of stiletto heels and dozens of active children at the opening of Design Miami yesterday. The new product, primarily used as decking...
UPM making wood from waste
Cleantech, CA - Dec 7, 2007
Helsinki, Finland's UPM-Kymmene makes a habit of recycling, and the latest offering from the forest products company recycles leftover paper and plastic into a wood composite it calls UPM ProFi...

Fences and Animals

Cattle Update: Ohio Line Fence Law Could Change
CattleNetwork.com, KS - Dec 4, 2007
A proposal currently before the House of Representatives could revise Ohio's line fence law. H.B. 323 was introduced September 25, 2007 and is now in hearings before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Commit...

Local Government Issues

In Washington, Good Fences?
Litchfield County Times, CT  - Dec 6, 2007
The Zoning Commission in this rural, affluent town believes so. At last week's meeting, board members voted unanimously to prohibit any future construction of "closed" roadside walls more than four feet high....
Corner fences? Keep 'em
Waterloo Record, Canada  - Dec 11, 2007
All is forgiven, Kitchener council decided last night. Residents with illegal corner lot fences will be able to keep them -- as long as there are no concerns with traffic and pedestrian safety...
Lodgepole fence helps ODOT solve snow problem
Baker City Herald, OR  - Dec 5, 2007
As for function, the wood fences should work as well as metal structures, he said. There are sections of wood snow fence along other highways in Eastern...
Lake Hallie changes fencing ordinance
Chippewa Herald, WI  - Dec 4, 2007
The village of Lake Hallie isn't about to turn into open range any time soon, but property owners with fences may have ...
Split-rail fences cause sight problems for traffic
Edmond Sun, OK  - Dec 8, 2007
As a resident of Timber Ridge subdivision, I want to bring to your attention the dangerous traffic situation that the City has brought upon itself and the residents of Timber Ridge due to the placement of the split rail fences along Boulevard, north of Danforth...

Fences in the Courts

City settles lawsuit over fence taken down in '03
Sheboygan Press, WI - Dec 11, 2007
By Eric Litke After four years and a legal battle that made it all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Richard Pool is going to get a new fence....
Man sentenced for removing fence
Durango Herald, CO  - Dec 11, 2007
A Durango man who destroyed several hundred feet of fencing on private property in Horse Gulch was sentenced Monday to two days in jail and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,470.45...
Find compromise in fence dispute
Waterloo Record, Canada - Dec 10, 2007
It's time for Kitchener council to stand up and deal with the estimated 200 homes with fences that are in blatant violation of the city's bylaws...

Fence Exhibit

Fence exhibit comes to North Dakota
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND  - Dec 9, 2007
AP Beulah, ND (AP) North Dakotans are getting a chance to think more about fences. A Smithsonian exhibit called "Between Fences," is in Beulah for a month. ...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Border Residents Have Different View of Fences
NPR  - Dec 7, 2007
Brownsville, Texas Mayor Pat Ahumada, for instance, calls the border fence the government wants to build in his town "wasteful and inefficient...
Administration warns landowners about border fence
Kansas City Star, MO  - Dec 7, 2007
WASHINGTON | The Bush administration warned landowners along the southern border Friday that it would seize their property if they refused to cooperate with efforts to build a fence meant to slow illegal immigration...
Border fence not total fix but can be effective tool
Arizona Daily Star, AZ  - Dec 10, 2007
Only a fraction of the fence has been completed, and most of that is only single-layer fencing and vehicle barriers. Opponents of the fence make every ...

USA Mexico Border Virtual Fence

Boeing's 'virtual' fence passes an early test
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO  - Dec 11, 2007
Boeing Co.'s "virtual" border fence finally has cleared a big hurdle. The pilot phase of the project, known as SBInet, received "conditional acceptance" last week from the Department of Homeland Security, six months after it was supposed to be up and running...
Lawmaker calls on DHS to prove electronic border fence works
GovExec.com, DC  - Dec 6, 2007
The chairman of the House committee overseeing the Homeland Security Department today called on the department to not pay a contractor for the first phase of work on the electronic border fence until it can prove it works as promised...
DHS Moves Forward on Border Fencing and Technology Improvements
US Department of Homeland Security (press release), DC  - Dec 7, 2007
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward today with multiple advancements in the construction of pedestrian and virtual fencing along the southwest border...

Fencing and Railroads

Caltrain fence project to curtail shortcuts
Inside Bay Area, CA  - Dec 5, 2007
MEDIANEWS STAFF Caltrain is poised to pay nearly $3 million for fencing to keep people from crossing its tracks illegally...

Community Issues

Safety fences plan for treacherous road
ic Wales, United Kingdom  - Dec 7, 2007
SAFETY fencing is being put up on the Bwlch mountain road linking the Upper Afan Valley with the Ogmore Valley. Poor weather conditions can make this ...
New friction over fence near bars
Diamondback Online, MD  - Dec 5, 2007
Thirsty Turtle owners are questioning a landlord's business practices after he removed a chicken wire fence that kept the bar closed for more than a year yesterday - two days after the bar's opening...
Not all East Village residents want fence
Business Gazette, MD  - Dec 5, 2007
The article on Judge David A. Boynton's decision ordering the removal of the fence erected by East Village's Board of Directors noted the views of residents ...

Toy Fences

Fencing in farm toy fun
Worthington Daily Globe, MN  - Dec 9, 2007
Michelle Blegen's inspiration as a farm-toy entrepreneur came as a mother who was unhappy with the flimsy plastic fences available for her children's ...


Schools and Fences

Security fence finished
The Advocate, CA  - Dec 8, 2007
The 8-foot fence, which runs from the Bus Transfer Center up the hillside to the houses along Glasgow Court, was started on Oct. 15 and was completed on ...
Wollondilly's $180k security fence
Goulburn Post, Australia  - Dec 6, 2007
The DET is spending $180000 to erect Wollondilly Public School's fence and $39 million on security fences statewide. A DET spokesperson said the fence ...
Old school gets new fence for safety
Lake County News Chronicle, MN  - Dec 6, 2007
Once demolition begins in the spring, the fencing will be used to block off the alley. "We're looking into other options for the people who live north of ...
Neighbors split on the fence between school, homes
The Newark Advocate, OH  - Dec 6, 2007
NEWARK -- Although the new Cherry Valley Elementary School will provide a much needed relief in space, neighbors on Glenmore Avenue have mixed opinions ...

Fences and Neighbors

Fence can't fix a 52-year-old property-line disagreement
Colorado Springs Gazette, CO  - Dec 6, 2007
By BILL VOGRIN Don Pinello spent Thanksgiving week building fence - a chore that could land the 78-year-old man in jail. Pinello sank three fence posts ...
Ask the lawyer: Fence dispute separates neighbors
Lufkin Daily News, TX - Dec 8, 2007
My neighbor has grazed cattle on my land for several years, but I am making other plans for my property and would like them off. We've never had a fence separating our properties, and he wants me to pay for it....
Neighbors get ready to fight Shakopee prison fence -- again
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN  - Dec 5, 2007
By David Peterson, Star Tribune When the issue of putting up a fence around the women's prison in Shakopee was heating up a couple of years ago...


Electric fence to cost KWS Sh18m
Standard, Kenya  - Dec 5, 2007
Joseph Masha The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is seeking Sh18 million to erect an electric fence around the world-famous Arabuko Sokoke forest in Kilifi ...


Weird News

100 million cents displayed in Rockefeller Center
Canoe, Canada - Dec 11, 2007
NEW YORK - One hundred million pennies for your thoughts are on display at New York's Rockefeller Center...

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