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Blog -  Markup & Profit    12/04/07

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

Planning 2008 - Part 1      This week and next we are going to review 2007 and plan 2008. I am borrowing some thoughts from Tony Robbins, one of the better known motivational speakers and educators. I also got help from my friend Sonny Lykos, who has been in business many years and knows this exercise...    Markup Blog

Industry News - Products

Linear Introduces "Plug and Play" APeX™ Module Design for OSCO Brand Gate Systems
BusinessWire, CA - Nov 29, 2007
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Linear LLC, an innovator in the access control security market, today announced the release of the APeX™, its next-generation gate operator controller. The APeX is designed to work with all of Linear's OSCO brand gate operators, and to replace current circuit boards with a new design that is simpler and sleeker...
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B Roadway Soft Stop Barrier
BusinessWire, CA - Nov 29, 2007
CARROLLTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Integrated Security Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:IZZI) today announced that B&B Roadway, a majority-owned joint venture partner of its wholly owned subsidiary B&B ARMR, has successfully completed United Sates Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHA) testing of a new, energy-absorbing, movable barrier system...
Changes Afoot in Residential Fencing
Building-Products.com, CA  - Dec 4, 2007
ASTIRRED by the development of new products and the housing downturn, the product mix is shifting significantly in the $3 billion-a-year residential fence industry, according to a new study by Principia Partners...

Industry News - People

Press Release, IL - Nov 29, 2007
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. has appointed Mark Karasek to the newly created position of Executive Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his new role, Karasek will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to drive technology and product development...
Mohler Returns to Miller Edge
Professional Door Dealer, AZ - Nov 28, 2007
Flossie Mohler has returned to Miller Edge Inc. full time. In her new position, Mohler will be responsible for developing and executing strategic marketing programs. Mohler will also be responsible for development of customer programs and expanding customer support capabilities...

Community Fence Projects

Fence posts fundraiser for birds
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Dec 3, 2007
An appeal was launched yesterday for funds to create a haven for native bird species at an Auckland regional park on the tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society's Allan Parker said the group hoped to raise two-thirds of the $600,000 needed to help pay for 1.5km of a predator-proof fence...
Homeless shelter receives grant
Wilmington News Journal, OH  - Nov 30, 2007
In addition, our local corporation, Timber Tech along with Crane Fencing Solutions and The Crane Group donated an additional $20000 and Crane Fencing and ...

Local Government Issues

$1m fund for fencing streams and waterways
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand  - Dec 3, 2007
It provides a 35% subsidy for fencing and planting the edges of waterways. But it won't be available permanently, as the fund dries up in about five years ...
City gets leeway on viaduct fencing
Columbus Telegram, NE - Dec 3, 2007
COLUMBUS -- A fencing requirement clarification for the viaduct proposal has one city councilman even more supportive of the project. The fencing requirement is significantly less invasive than many initially thought...

Local Government Permit Issues

City looks at front-yard fence issue, as well as front gardens
The Athens News, OH  - Dec 3, 2007
Part of the fence would be in the setback area, he said. Many communities do allow fences to be built in the front-yard setbacks, but Athens does not, ...
Town of Washington bans roadside fences more than 4-feet high
Waterbury Republican American, CT  - Nov 28, 2007
In response to numerous complaints about ostentatious estate walls, the town zoners voted unanimously Monday evening to outlaw any "closed" wall or fence ...
City approves changes to fencing codes
Kansas City Kansan, KS  - Nov 28, 2007
Under the previous ordinance, residents wishing to erect fencing on their property were required to pay $50 for the permit, and were subjected to two fence ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Electric fence apparent cause of brush fire in south Bibb County
Macon Telegraph, GA - Dec 4, 2007
An electric fence appears to be the cause of a brush fire that scorched about 15 acres of agricultural land off Mount Pleasant Church Road Monday afternoon...
Couple rail against fence ruling
The Argus.co.uk, UK - Nov 30, 2007
As far as front garden fences go, it may not be the easiest on the eye. But 76-year-old Sara Forzani is perfectly happy with it - metal spikes and all...
Is fence dangerous?
Gloucestershire Gazette, UK  - Dec 3, 2007
They have erected a security fence with plastic shuttering to protect prying eyes from their building site at the junction of Upper Bath Road and Rock ...

Community Issues

All fences represent something
Bismarck Tribune, ND - Dec 3, 2007
It is unlawful to put up a barbed-wire fence in a residential area of Bismarck. But who would want to? It would certainly say something about the person erecting the fence, but then all fences represent something...
Call for lake fence after toddler drowning
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia  - Dec 4, 2007
People are required to fence their pools, yet here's a great big lake where people go right down to it. "They should have some sort of barricade between the ...
Bethany homeowners fence in their sand, castles
The News Journal, DE  - Nov 30, 2007
Since the Ocean Breezes gate went up at least five years ago, several other posts have been dug and swinging fences installed at the oceanfront communities ...
Public pressure protects residents' fence
High River Times, Canada  - Nov 30, 2007
Shannon Gagnon and her husband, Marc, have had to contend with fence-mending since moving to High River last May. They finally got some help this week, when the town added rocks to protect the fence bordering the Gagnons' property...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Speaker explores border clash between Indians, fence builders
Yakima Herald-Republic, WA  - Dec 3, 2007
Margo Tamez brought Yakima residents closer to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, shedding light on the conflicts facing indigenous people, their land near the Rio Grande and government officials who want to build a fence along it...
Texas Colleges Argue That a Border Fence Would Divide a Community
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)  - Dec 3, 2007
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College filed a resolution last week opposing the U.S. government's plans to erect 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border - a barrier they say...

Other Border Fences

Saudis plan anti-immigrant fence
PRESS TV, Iran  - Dec 3, 2007
Saudi Arabia is doling out $5b for a border fence to deter illegal immigrants and terrorists and seal off a stretch of the Iraqi border...
Saudis Building Their Own Border Fence
NewsMax.com, FL  - Dec 2, 2007
The remainder of the fencing will eat up the rest of the $5 billion budget, comprising virtual electronic fencing and sensors between Saudi Arabia...


Across Kansas: More wire going on prison fence
Kansas City Star, MO  - Nov 29, 2007
On Oct. 28, inmates Jesse Bell and Steven Ford escaped from an exercise yard by cutting through multiple layers of wire and fencing ...
Added fencing expected to increase security at prison
NTV, NE  - Nov 29, 2007
(AP) - The prison in El Dorado has started adding razor wire around its perimeter fence in response to a prison escape last month...

Fencing and Airports

Tall airport fence necessary for security
WWBT, VA  - Nov 28, 2007
"Way beyond reasonable" is how a Mechanicsville man describes a new fence at the Hanover County Airport. He contacted "You Want to Know" to find out why it's there. Part of the reason is traffic on the ground and not in the air...
Outlaw Field Airport to get $55000 for fencing
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN  - Nov 28, 2007
Outlaw Field has received approval for a $55000 grant for security fencing around the airport, according to an announcement today from Gov. Phil Bredesen...


Fence Contractors in the News

Tropical Interiors owner adds fencing, wall to ventures
Dayton Daily News (subscription), OH  - Nov 28, 2007
So he has invested some $500,000 to go in a new direction with a new company - Stonetree Midwest Concrete Fence Systems...

Schools and Fences

Derelict school fenced
Oneida Dispatch, NY  - Nov 30, 2007
ONEIDA - A six-foot fence around the old high school on Elizabeth Street should keep people off the grounds, says City Engineer Jim Bacher ...
Fence blocks part of DeBartolo quad
Observer Online, IN  - Dec 3, 2007
Students returning to campus after Thanksgiving break may have noticed a new obstacle they had to maneuver on their way to classes - a fence around the DeBartolo Quad. Construction of the fence began on Nov. 19,...

Fences and Animals

Stocker Cattle: Considerations When Repairing & Replacing Fences
CattleNetwork.com, KS  - Nov 29, 2007
Priority should be placed on repairing perimeter fences and fences along roads. The decision then becomes the most efficient way to proceed. It may be best in certain situations to build a temporary electric fence inside the fallen tree line...
First acoustic fish fence installed
The Timaru Herald, New Zealand - Dec 3, 2007
New Zealand's first acoustic fish fence, designed to stop salmon smolt being lost in irrigation water, was installed and tested yesterday. At a cost of around $1 million the Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited has installed the 58m bubble and sound system ...

Pool Safety

Pool safety bill stalled in battle over fiscal restraint
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 1, 2007
WASHINGTON - Five years ago, Virginia Graeme Baker, the 7-year-old granddaughter of former secretary of state James Baker III, drowned at a pool party in McLean, Va., when she was pulled underwater by the force of a hot-tub drain...
Inflatable pools a death trap
NEWS.com.au, Australia  - Dec 4, 2007
The pools come with a warning on the box that fencing laws apply and to consult their local council as well as warnings about supervision...


Weird News

5-year-old chimpanzee handily beats college kids in computer game
Canoe, Canada - Dec 3, 2007
NEW YORK - Think you're smarter than a Grade 5 student? How about a five-year-old chimp? Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won. ..

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