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Industry News

Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B ARMR Corporation ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jul 16, 2007
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:IZZI) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, B&B ARMR Corporation, has received a major order for high security anti-terrorist barrier systems for ultimate delivery to a major new U.S. governmental installation in north Texas....
Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics integrates new global shop computer system at corporate offices
Company press release  - Jul 13, 2007
Niles, OH -- July 13, 2007 -- Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics integrates new global shop computer system at corporate offices. It provides a One-System ERP Solutions™ specificall designed to streamline their manufacturing operations and positions Niles Expanded Metals for growth...
New Wood-style Fence Is Fit For Outdoor Living Rooms
Best Syndication, CA  - Jul 14, 2007
Whether trying to disconnect from technology, reconnect with nature or simply wind down from the everyday bustle, more of us are doing so in our new living rooms-the backyard ...

Local Government Issues

A chain(link) reaction
York County Coast Star, ME  - Jul 12, 2007
OGUNQUIT - Many would agree that the newly refurbished area along River Road where the town replaced a culvert recently is an attractive and welcoming place. There are park benches to sit on while overlooking the Ogunquit River. There's bark mulch scattered around and a new sidewalk. There's also a fence there. That's where there appears to be a small problem....
Fence issue falls
Reedsburg Times Press, WI  - Jul 11, 2007
REEDSBURG-Finding little support among Reedsburg Ordinance Committee members, Monday evening's discussion to further restrict residential fences ended with no change to existing regulations...
Money OK'd for river walk fence
Nashua Telegraph (subscription), NH  - Jul 11, 2007
"Good fences make good neighbors," Frost wrote. By an 8-4 vote, the board of aldermen said, in essence, a good fence also can help make a good neighborhood. The aldermen kicked in $20,000 to help build a steel railing fence on the south side of railroad tracks that parallel a section of Canal Street near its intersection with Main Street...
Split rail fence deemed fine for C&O Canal
Business Gazette, MD  - Jul 11, 2007
Fences do make for good neighbors along the C&O canal, provided the fence is made of split rails and sits at least 100 feet back from the park, county officials decided last week....
Fencing to improve security at power station
NW Evening Mail, UK  - Jul 11, 2007
The owner of the power station has now been given the green light by Lake District planning bosses to erect a fence along the roadside boundary of the ...

Community Issues

Walker defies Army attempt to fence Common
York Press, UK  - Jul 16, 2007
"OVER my dead body." That was a dog walker's reaction today to news that army chiefs are looking into fencing off 680 acres of common land around firing ranges near York ...
Residents seek fence around south LRT
Edmonton Journal (subscription), Canada  - Jul 16, 2007
EDMONTON - Residents living along the south LRT line are hoping for victory this week in their fight for a high fence to shield them from the line...
Deer-swallowing 'Glory Holes' could get fencing
Mail Tribune, OR  - Jul 12, 2007
JACKSONVILLE - Some of the city's historical mining features may get safety fences surrounding them to keep people, pets and local blacktail deer from discovering there is little glory at the base of these "Glory Holes."...
Fence will go up around burned McClung Warehouses
WBIR-TV, TN  - Jul 13, 2007
The city sent letters to owner Mark Saroff about installing security fencing. He didn't respond, so the city planned to put in razor wire fences Friday...
Tree, fence forever united at cemetery
Niles Daily Star, MI  - Jul 16, 2007
NILES - This week we again look at a permanent features speaking to Silverbrook Cemetery's unique place in our history. One section of the ornate wrought iron fencing surrounding the grounds found its fame through a 1930s edition of the long-time syndicated news column, Ripley's Believe it or Not...

Fences and Dogs

Experts leery of invisible fence
WBBH, FL  - Jul 10, 2007
Officials with Animal Control say a dog escaped from a yard with an invisible fence and then mauled an elderly woman. The incident has led some people to wonder whether the invisible fences work at all...
Woman Says Electronic Fence Didn't Work
WSOCtv.com, NC  - Jul 10, 2007
Electric fences are popular with pet owners. They're cheaper than above ground fences, and there's no clutter. But there's also a down side, as a York homeowner found out....
Free Fences for Dogs in Need
abc11tv.com, NC  - Jul 16, 2007
Durham animal advocates are speaking out about dogs left chained up under the hot sun. They are saying it is simply unacceptable treatment of another living thing....

Fence Contractors in the News

Two Haven Men Worked Together to Create a Fence Made of Bamboo
Lakeland Ledger, FL  - Jul 16, 2007
...This is the story of how two Winter Haven men came together and wound up creating a new market. Ken Suttle, the owner of Carpentry by Ken of Winter Haven, has been a carpenter for 42 years....


Private prison in Cushing plans to expand
Tulsa World, OK  - Jul 16, 2007
...The expansion will include two new housing units with 360 beds each, a programs building and a security upgrade with a new "stun fence" to replace the present interior fence. The new security fence features a grid design that prevents it from being "grounded out," and increases voltage with subsequent strikes, Ray said. ...

USA Canada Border Fence

US official fired over fence fight
Globe and Mail, Canada  - Jul 12, 2007
VANCOUVER -- The dispute over a retired couple's metre-high fence near the Canada-US border in British Columbia has cost the US representative on the ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Slow pace of border fence project in San Diego raises questions
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Jul 13, 2007
SAN DIEGO - Bulldozers are rolling again on the U.S.-Mexico border, moving hundreds of tons of dirt to make way for a 16-foot steel fence in an area that once was the most popular crossing for illegal immigrants. ...
Local Construction Company to Build Border Fence In Calif.
KTAR.com, AZ  - Jul 16, 2007
Sundt Construction grabbed two federal contracts totaling $57 million to build security fences in California, just west of Yuma....

Schools and Fences

School plans campus fence
York Daily Record, PA  - Jul 13, 2007
York College will be fencing in the campus on York's south end. In the works for a couple of years, the brick and wrought-iron fence is intended to define the boundaries of the campus and enhance safety and security for students, said college spokesman David Salter...

Pool Safety

Swimming pool owners reminded to build fences
Omaha World-Herald (subscription), NE  - Jul 17, 2007
With temperatures nearing the triple digits, that chest-deep, above-ground swimming pool on the store shelf looks like an ideal, easy-to-assemble family retreat. Just remember to erect a 4-foot fence, if your yard isn't already enclosed, before filling the pool...

Fences and Neighbors

6-foot-tall fences make troubled neighbors
Palm Beach Post, FL  - Jul 13, 2007
HOBE SOUND - Residents of one of Hobe Sound's oldest neighborhoods said they would feel shut out and overwhelmed by traffic if a housing development were built nearby. "We have little children in the neighborhood and old men like me," Banner Lake resident Gilbert Miller said. "We can't get out of the way of the traffic." ...
Tangled web Webster, resident feud over fallen fence
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO  - Jul 13, 2007
...The tree also smashed a chain-link fence behind his property, and that still hasn't been repaired. In its place is a temporary, orange fence that the city installed shortly after the storm...


Fences and Agriculture

Four steps to safer fencing
North Queensland Register, Australia  - Jul 17, 2007
To help landholders work towards a safer future this National Farm Safety Week, OneSteel Waratah wire safety manager, Paul Fray, and fencing contractor Neville Prince have put together four key points to help ensure good strong fences, and a safe day out on the fence line...

Material News

New treated wood products are safer for home use
Hillsboro Argus, OR  - Jul 13, 2007
Wooden decks, trellises and play structures can be important elements in your garden, both beautiful and useful. You'd probably also like to know they're safe...

Community Fence Projects

Fencing help required
Bombala Times, Australia  - Jul 11, 2007
THE Victorian Farmers' Federation is calling for volunteers to help Gippsland farmers repair or replace fences damaged by recent floods ...


S Korea removes barbed wire fencing from its sea borders
Zee News, India  - Jul 16, 2007
The total length of the destroyed barbed fence topped 21 kms. Authorities started installing metal fencing with barbed wire along the coastline and in the ...
Delhi seeks Dhaka flexibility on fence
Calcutta Telegraph, India  - Jul 13, 2007
New Delhi, July 13: India is expecting greater "flexibility" from Bangladesh to complete fencing the 4,096-km-long international border within the new deadline...
Fence to be completed only by 2010
Jerusalem Post, Israel  - Jul 10, 2007
Legal appeals to the High Court of Justice continue to delay the construction of the West Bank security fence, which now may not be finished until 2010, The Jerusalem Post has learned from the Defense Ministry...


Weird News

Ohio twins festival getting millions from brothers' estate
Canoe, Canada - Jul 16, 2007
CLEVELAND (AP) - A donation that the Twins Days festival is getting from the estate of two frugal bachelor farmers is enough to make some people do a double-take: as much as US $5 million. ...

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