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Industry News

CertainTeed® Build-It Tour Provides Hands-On Field Training to Fence, Rail and Deck Contractors
Press Release  - Jun 22, 2007
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania - CertainTeed Corporation hits the road this summer with the "Build-It" Tour, a new, mobile installation training program for distributors and contractors of CertainTeed fence, railing and deck products...
Linear Signs Distribution Deal with Amarr Garage Doors
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Jun 20, 2007
...The initial showroom focus will be on Linear's complete line of residential garage door operators; however, all of Linear's other entry systems products - commercial door operators, gate operators, access control systems, and radio controls will also be available through Amarr...
FenceWare Announces the Release of their New FenceMaker Web Edition™ On-line Application
Press Release  - Jun 22, 2007
Fence imaging software leader, FenceWare, announced the release of their newest technology, FenceMaker Web Edition™. Web Edition is the newest product added to the FenceMaker line of fence imaging technology which allows the subscriber to have a custom fence imaging program on their own company's web site...
Albrittons look for invention distributor
West Natchez Democrat, MS  - Jun 22, 2007
NATCHEZ - A pair of brothers wants to start manufacturing fence-laying equipment in the Miss-Lou. Inventor Sam Albritton, of Lumberton, and his brother Ronald, an Adams County resident, hope to find a manufacturer and distributor in the Miss-Lou...

Decking Industry News

CorrectDeck is First Composite Decking Combining Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection with Stain and Fade Resistance
24-7PressRelease.com (press release) -  - Jun 22, 2007
BIDDEFORD, ME, June 22, 2007 - Correct Building Products LLC, manufacturer of CorrectDeck composite decking, offers CorrectDeck CX with Microban antimicrobial product protection, the first composite decking to combine antimicrobial protection that resists mold and mildew with stain and fade resistance...
Decking Now Available for Industrial Use
NETCOMPOSITES, UK  - Jun 22, 2007
McFarland Cascade is now offering Universal Marine Materials (UMM) composite decking for marine, architectural and other industrial uses. The Wood Material Engineering Laboratory (WMEL) at Washington State University in Pullman developed the product with Madison, Wis.-based Strandex Corp...
Deck builders design growth
DetNews.com, MI  - Jun 22, 2007
Monarch Composite Deck & Railing Systems manufactures composite decks, porches and docks as well as matching railings and accessories. The St. Clair-based company uses 100 percent maple wood flour and virgin polymers to create its products...

Building Industry News

Builder Confidence At Lowest Level Since 1991
Building Online, CA  - Jun 21, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Ongoing concerns about subprime-related problems in the mortgage market and newfound concerns about rising prime mortgage rates caused builder confidence homes to decline two more points in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today...

Agriculture and Fencing

Electric fences will be banned on farms
The Kingdom, Ireland -  - Jun 21, 2007
THE electro immobilisation of farm animals is to be banned from September 1. The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan, confirmed that she had adopted the legislation to prohibit the electric fence practice, following examination by an animal health and welfare committee...
Ag fences could line Salinas Valley
The Salinas Californian, CA -  - Jun 26, 2007
Monterey County officials Tuesday will likely make it easier for growers to build 8-foot-high fencing around fields to protect crops...
Virtual-livestock fence: replacing wire with wire-less
Gizmag, Australia  - Jun 25, 2007
June 25, 2007 Building and maintaining fences for controlling livestock places a huge financial burden on agricultural producers worldwide, but is there really any need for all those posts and wires? This is the question posed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) which has come up with a virtual fencing solution applicable to cattle and sheep farming. ..

Local Government Issues

Bill addresses fences, but will it mend feelings?
Providence Journal (subscription), RI  - Jun 21, 2007
EAST PROVIDENCE - A bill meant to mend both fences and neighborly relations was recommended for passage by the Senate Wednesday, but the neighbor who inspired it is doubtful it will actually help her own situation...
New ordinances: Permit required for fence; landscaping in ...
Shakopee Valley News, MN  - Jun 21, 2007
The Shakopee City Council adopted two ordinances June 5 that will provide city departments and utility companies greater access to easements located on residents' property and require property owners to obtain fence permits before installing a new fence...
Council rushes spending on fence
Tri-Valley Herald, CA -  - Jun 21, 2007
MANTECA - In hope that pyrotechnics are the one and only memorable part of the city's Fourth of July venue, city leaders rushed through an emergency safety measure for the site of this year's celebration. The City Council voted on Monday to build a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire around the north and west side of Big League Dreams ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

'Virtual fence' gets test run on Arizona border
The Spokesman Review, WA - Jun 24, 2007
Federal authorities have begun testing a sophisticated camera tower system along the Arizona-Mexico border, the first phase of a plan that envisions a high-technology "virtual fence" instead of physical barriers to control much of the frontier...
View from above: the 'virtual fence'
The Spokesman Review, WA - Jun 24, 2007
With a price tag that could stretch into the billions, the Homeland Security Department's planned "virtual fence" along the border with Mexico is attracting considerable attention. The idea is to install cameras, radar, ground sensors and satellite communications that will help agents halt any unlawful border crossings. But will it secure the border? ...
Indians complain graves dug up for border fence
Reuters  - Jun 24, 2007
ALI JEGK, Arizona (Reuters) - Members of a traditional Indian nation spanning the Arizona-Mexico border are complaining that work to put up a new barrier to secure the border has desecrated an ancient burial ground...


Fence Contractors in the News

No Swett Fencing makes the move to new location
Columbus Telegram, NE - Jun 23, 2007
The new building and display fence shows off the company's product line, which includes wood, vinyl, chainlink and ornamental fencing and iron and vinyl railings and decking...
PVC Fencing Gains Popularity Among Homeowners and Builders
Emediawire (press release), WA  - Jun 23, 2007
PVC fencing (also known as "polyvinylchloride" or "vinyl" fencing) has grown in popularity particularly among homeowners due to the ease and low cost of maintenance. Some fence types require repainting or restaining after a number of years, while PVC fencing can easily be cleaned with a garden hose or pressure washer...

Fences and Neighbors

Fence issue sparks extreme measures
Mississauga News, Canada  - Jun 23, 2007
Michael and Carrie Homes couldn't take it anymore. After countless disputes with a neighbour to the rear of their Port Credit home, including fencing, building and property line issues, the Bay St. residents took matters into their own hands Friday afternoon...
Border 'War' Erupts Over Fence Placement
WBAL, MD  - Jun 20, 2007
PASADENA, Md. -- A neighborhood dispute in Pasadena ended with the destruction of property and one neighbor in jail. They were fighting over the placement of a fence...

Community Issues

Fence fight escalates
Saanich News, Canada -  - Jun 20, 2007
Good fences don't always make good neighbours. Winona Waldron is fighting to keep her 1.83 metre (6 ft.) high fence which she says protects her two little children from drug paraphernalia...
Fence defended
Victoria News, Canada -  - Jun 20, 2007
The City of Victoria should back off and let Victoria West resident Winona Waldron keep her tall fence. Sure, it exceeds by 61 centimetres (about two feet) the city's 1.22-metre height restriction...
Wire fencing coming down: City inspectors call for immediate removal
Newszap Arizona, AZ -  - Jun 19, 2007
A razor wire fence spanning more than 30 yards along the commercial side of a shared block wall of nine homes in Northeast Phoenix's Bell Esprit subdivision needs to be removed...

Schools and Fences

Anger as school fences off playing field
Gloucestershire Gazette, UK -  - Jun 21, 2007
VILLAGERS are angry after a school fenced off a playing field they say should be kept for community use. The Ridings High School, in Winterbourne, has gone ahead with plans to erect a six-foot high barrier around 93 per cent of its 26-acre Hoopers Farm playing field - leaving just two acres for the public...
Glasgow Daily Record, UK  - Jun 25, 2007
THIEVES made off with a school's playground fence - after calmly dismantling it while posing as council workmen. The gang arrived at Pear Tree Community Junior School, Derby, in fluorescent jackets and even set out traffic cones in the road...

Community Fence Projects

Gardeners split rails for master project
Evansville Courier & Press (subscription), IN  - Jun 25, 2007
Little by little, the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association is turning a corner of the Evansville State Hospital property into a colorful garden spot. Saturday, a handful of the gardeners gathered as fellow master gardener Shawn Dickerson worked at creating a split-rail fence ...

Pool Safety

Want a free pool fence?
AZFamily (subscription), AZ  - Jun 22, 2007
Valley firefighters try their best to save lives. One way they do that is by helping families enclose their swimming pools with a free fence. But believe it or not, they're having a hard time finding people who want one ...
Pool rules have changed in NJ
West Milford Messenger  - Jun 22, 2007
A swimming pool is now defined as: "any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that can hold water 24 inches or more in depth." WEST MILFORD - Homeowners who purchase inflatable pools may be subject to the same regulations as their neighbors who have in-ground or the larger, fixed-sided above-ground pools...

Fencing and Airports

Fence project raises eyebrows
Pacific Daily News, GU  - Jun 22, 2007
The work is part of the airport's $5 million perimeter security fence project under "Project: Airport Guam." The location of the holes, some fire rescue personnel feared, could impede their emergency response times. But that isn't the case, GFD spokeswoman Firefighter Phyllis Blas said...
Controversial airfield fence plan thrown out
ic SouthLondon.co.uk, United Kingdom  - Jun 20, 2007
CAMPAIGNERS are reaching for the sky after a controversial plan for a one-and-a-half-mile fence around historic Kenley Airfield was thrown out. Joggers and walkers as well as local politicians had opposed the 4ft-high structure ...
Kirtland Air Force Base cancels Otero fence plan
Albuquerque Tribune, NM  - Jun 20, 2007
The US Air Force has decided against building a fence along Kirtland Air Force Base's eastern boundary that would have cut off access to hikers and mountain ...

International Border Fencing

Manipur police appeals for immediate fencing of Indo-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India  - Jun 22, 2007
June 22, 2007 - A harassed police force in Manipur, northeast India has appealed for the immediate implementation of the central government's decision to fence the border with Burma because of unabated infiltration...
Neighbor India quietly fencing out Bangladesh
Seattle Times, WA  - Jun 26, 2007
SUJATPUR, Bangladesh - Everyone knew it was out there somewhere, an invisible line that cut through a cow pasture and, at least in theory, divided one nation from another...


Weird News

Elwood named world's ugliest dog
Canoe, Canada - Jun 25, 2007
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog Friday, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt's owners...

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