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Industry News

Outdoor Technologies Announces Florida Facility
Press Release, MS  - Jun 8, 2007
Outdoor Technologies Inc, a leading manufacturer of PVC fence, deck and rail products located in Macon, MS, announced an expansion with the addition of an extrusion facility located in Plant City, FL. ...
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B ARMR Corporation ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jun 8, 2007
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. (OTCBB Symbol: IZZI) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, B&B ARMR Corporation, has received a significant series of orders for high security anti-terrorist gate and barrier systems for ultimate delivery to various U.S. Army ...
SecureUSA's FutureWEDGET™ Vehicle Barrier Combats Terrorism
PR Web (press release), WA  - Jun 6, 2007
SecureUSA, Inc., the leading provider of perimeter defense solutions, has announced that their latest electrically operated vehicle barrier has been government crash certified at the K4 level, 15,000 lbs. vehicle traveling 30 mph...
PALCO looking to relocate Fortuna fence plant to Scotia
The Eureka Reporter, CA  - Jun 7, 2007
Pacific Lumber Co. is seeking to relocate its underutilized equipment from its defunct mills in the area as part of an overall effort to consolidate its highly desirable fence-building materials in Scotia. ...
No shortage of sustainable English oak fencing for design award candidate
Response Source (press release), UK  - Jun 7, 2007
Quercus Fencing - Defining Boundaries No shortage of sustainable English oak fencing for Grand Design Awards candidate Imported softwood fencing is in short supply due to Chinese buyers ...

Decking Industry News

Housing Development & Decking Survey Shows its Worth
Newswire Today (press release), UK  - Jun 12, 2007
The survey of independent estate agents, commissioned by Almura Building Products, has found that decking is one of the easiest ways to add value to property. In the national survey, over 75% of agents recommended installing decking to increase returns. The survey also revealed that decking is most popular amongst 20-30 year olds, i.e. first time buyers...

Fence Contractors in the News

Win a free fence in Rick's Custom Fencing's 'Ugliest Fence' contest
Hillsboro Argus, OR  - Jun 5, 2007
HILLSBORO - An "Ugliest Fence" contest is being held by Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking to coincide with its 27th Anniversary celebration during the month ...
Spark triggers fire at Yonkers fencing company
The Journal News / Lohud.com, NY  - Jun 7, 2007
YONKERS - A fire at a one-story commercial building on Woodworth Avenue this afternoon broke out when a spark generated by a worker grinding metal ignited a vat of paint. The incident happened shortly after 3 p.m. at the CNL Fence Corp. at 131 Woodworth Ave. It was limited by the building's sprinkler system and extinguished by firefighters, said John Gonzalez, an investigator for the Yonkers Fire department...

Local Government Issues

State to spend $20 million for highway fencing
NewsLink Indiana, IN  - Jun 7, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Fence-like cable barriers will be installed along 150 miles of Indiana highways prone to cross-over collisions. State highway chief Karl Browning said the $20 million project will include 16 stretches of highway where cars have frequently crossed the median and struck oncoming traffic. Work is expected to begin at the 16 sites within two years...
Attorney general should settle fence dispute
Staten Island Advance, NY  - Jun 9, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Vito Fossella says the dispute over who should repair a crumbling fence around a Brooklyn railyard -- which sits atop a critical pipeline running through Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens -- should be settled by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo...
Fences on retention ponds overdue
Columbus Dispatch, OH  - Jun 9, 2007
In Ohio, we have rules for every conceivable aspect of public and private swimming pools, including that they be fenced. The rules are picky because public safety is the obvious goal. Yet when it comes to ponds designed to hold storm water, there's nothing doing. Apparently, some folks are concerned about aesthetics and private-property rights...

Fences in the Courts

Fence row pair lose appeal
This Is Lancashire, UK  - Jun 7, 2007
A TOP judge has laid to rest a neighbours' row about two fences, which ran up over £100,000 in legal bills. The dispute began in January 2002 when property developers converted two run-down barns at Norcross Farm, Hothersall Lane, Hothersall, Longridge, into three homes...

Pool Safety

Federal bill would strengthen pool safety laws
Newsday, NY  - Jun 8, 2007
Proposed federal legislation working its way through Congress would help states achieve a more standardized approach to pool safety regulations. And in Florida, where pool-safety regulations were toughened in 2000, there's been an overall drop in the number of drowning deaths among children, state health officials said. ...
Widow of murdered man gets free pool fence
The Arizona Republic, AZ  - Jun 7, 2007
A woman whose husband was killed in March at a Chandler bar just moved another step towards her future. Lisa Verdugo won a pool fence from the Fulton Homes Fence Patrol Program Thursday. Fulton Homes partners with KMLE 108 and Ironman Pool Fence to give a pool fence to a family in need each week. ...
Pools without fences are disturbing
Soleil Chateauguay, Canada  - Jun 9, 2007
"In Mercier, people are not obliged to fence in their pools," deplored the grandma who called Le Soleil recently. "That concerns me. There are enough drownings already." "From one town to another, the bylaws are not the same for everyone," said the woman who declined to disclose her identity. "The government should force everyone to fence in their pools because it's a question of safety," she said. ..

USA Mexico Border Fence

Metal Fence in Yuma Slows Immigration
NPR  - Jun 7, 2007
The metal fence erected in the border city of Yuma, Ariz., has worked to slow illegal immigration. Congress approved the fence last year. Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson says he supports a commuter guest worker program ...
Grijalva seeks environmental alternatives to border fence
Arizona Daily Star, AZ  - Jun 11, 2007
U.S. Rep. Ral Grijalva is pushing a bill that would prod the federal government to find alternatives to building a 700-mile border fence across major public land preserves. The bill, introduced last week by the Tucson Democrat, ...
A Israeli fencing lesson for all us Yanks back home
News of Delaware County, PA  - Jun 7, 2007
Styled an Academic Fellowship on Terrorism, this "paid vacation" features an up-close-and-personal peek at how the Jewish state deals with terrorists, a topic of no small interest to us since 9/11...

Fences and Neighbors

Neighbor's Freedom Hangs On Fence
Tyler Morning Telegraph, TX  - Jun 12, 2007
LINDALE - A tin fence nearly gave way to iron bars. Tommy Kirk, owner of Lindale Auto Glass and Collision, came harrowingly close to being arrested and placed into the Smith County Jail over a fence, a new land survey...
What happens when neighbor builds fence on your lot?
Upstate House, NY  - Jun 6, 2007
We live about 50 percent of the year in our Florida house and the remainder of the year in our other home "up North." This past winter, when we returned to our Florida home, we were shocked to discover our neighbor had built a very ugly concrete block fence between our properties. At first glance, it looked to me like he tried to "grab" at least 5 feet of our lot. ...
Georgetown fence riles neighbors
Redding Pilot, CT  - Jun 6, 2007
A temporary fence that is being installed around the construction site at the former Gilbert & Bennett wire mill has riled some neighbors to the property who wish to see the continued progress of redevelopment. In a letter to The Pilot this week, Brad Muscott ...


Community Issues

Dangerous building to get fence around it
Ashtabula Star-Beacon, OH  - Jun 9, 2007
CONNEAUT - - Workers were scheduled to start erecting a fence today that will keep pedestrians a safe distance away from a dilapidated State Street building that is shedding it's bricks...
Fence plans divides town
Asian Image, UK  - Jun 7, 2007
A plan to create a religious boundary around Borehamwood using six-metre poles and wires has sparked a huge response from supporters and opponents. A group of Orthodox Jews has applied to put up 34 sets of poles joined by wires around the Hertfordshire town to create an area in which they can travel without restriction on Saturdays - the Jewish Sabbath...
Hobart moves to block view of mobile home park with big fence
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - Jun 9, 2007
HOBART -- A six-foot fence is going up along 37th Avenue to make an unsightly mobile home park less visible. The Cressmoor Trailer Park, long an eyesore to some in the city, sits on the southeast corner of 37th and Wisconsin Street...

Fencing and Waterways

CARP may have fencing funding for farmers
Nova News Now, Canada  - Jun 7, 2007
The Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) may have funding for farmers to construct fences along waterways in the Annapolis River watershed. This summer CARP is continuing the Habitat Restoration in Riparian Zones project with funding from public and private sector partners. ...
Tulsa plan to fence water line rankles landowners
KSWO, OK  - Jun 11, 2007
SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) - A plan by the city of Tulsa to fence portions of its 53 miles of concrete water lines from Spavinaw Lake is rankling residents who say their land will be impacted by the barriers ...
MCSC Security fencing
Strabane Chronicle (subscription), UK  - Jun 7, 2007
Security fencing for Urney Road Water Service installation-Sinn Fin Strabane Sinn Fin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has welcomed a commitment from the Water Service that it will erect vandal proof security fencing around its installation on the Urney Road ...

Fencing and Airports

Airport Check-in: Virtual fences around NYC airports
USA Today  - Jun 11, 2007
After the thwarted terror plot at John F. Kennedy International earlier this month, officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed details about an ongoing project to erect virtual fences around its four main airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Teterboro...

Fencing and Railroads

Rail fence repairs on the way
Hexham Courant, United Kingdom  - Jun 9, 2007
A RAIL company is finally set to repair a fence at Haltwhistle after years of complaints. Haltwhistle Town Council first complained about Network Rail's ...


Weird News

Oregon student finds school's toilet water cleaner than fountain water
Canoe, Canada - Jun 12, 2007
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) - Middle School student Kyleray Katherman had a hunch something was amiss with the school's drinking fountain water. And right he was. For an English assignment, he tested the bacteria content at four water fountains and one toilet to challenge a ban on students from...

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