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Industry News

Eon® Pro Series Fencing Exceeds Company Expectations New Fencing Line
PR Newswire (press release), NY  - May 31, 2007
Eon's new Pro Series Fencing has received an astounding response from dealers and professional fence installers, attracting more than 250 new dealers and installers in the first quarter of 2007 alone. The Pro Series' popularity, due in part to its easy installation, beautiful appearance, and low maintenance...
Niles Fence & Security Products, LLC Announces That It Is Now Operational With The Daily Manuafacturing Of A New Expanded Metal Fencing Line
Press Release, OH  - Jun 5, 2007
Niles OH -- June 5, 2007 - Niles Fence & Security Products, LLC announce that it is now operational with the daily manuafacturing of a new expanded metal fencing line called SecureX. These new expanded metal security systems and accessories can be designed for a wide range ...
Composite Building Products Manufacturer Expands Nationally with Patent Pending Simulated Masonry Columns for Fencing...
Press Release, IN  - Jun 5, 2007
Elkhart, IN- May 15, 2007 - Now you and your customers can have the prestigious stately curb appeal of columns for a fraction of the installed cost of traditional masonry. Composite products manufacturer, Architectural Composite Technologies of ...
New Education Program for Gate Operator Installers
SecurityInfoWatch, IL  - Jun 1, 2007
The American Fence Association today announced its Gate Operator Installer School, a program to teach correct installation of gate controls, mechanisms and ...

Decking Industry News

Making Connections with Decking Contractors
Building-Products.com, CA  - Jun 4, 2007
But you have the bigger grin, because he is buying you lunch! You are in that bar celebrating the success of a first year's business relationship with a deck builder. Yes, a deck builder. That new relationship means a lot to you, and to him. Backyard Living is Big Business...
Hot Products In Decking
Building-Products.com, CA  - May 31, 2007
THE excitement was thick in the air as the deck, dock and railing community gathered in Las Vegas for Deck Expo 2007, co-sponsored by the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA). Energy was high with 165 companies represented and 2,149 ...
Popularity of Hidden Deck Fasteners Validated by Major U.S. Decking Material Manufacturers
WM Experts (press release), FL  - May 31, 2007
The use of hidden deck fasteners in the deck building industry is rapidly gaining acceptance as many of the United States' top decking material manufacturers begin offering their own custom fasteners. TimberTech, Fiber Composites and Procell Decking Systems have launched hidden deck fastener products for composite and alternative decking materials...
Use composite decking and say goodbye to wood maintenance
DetNews.com, MI  - Jun 4, 2007
Why are you a slave to your deck? If you think that's a foolish question, read this week's "You can do it" column. The real work starts when you have to strip and restain. Dave Riger, my radio show's traffic director, just had his mother's tiny 100-square-foot deck quoted for cleaning, brightening and staining. The price was more than $300 ...

Local Government Issues

Council to vote on stiffer rules
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Jun 4, 2007
Existing: The definition of a dilapidated fence is one with a section that leans more than 15 degrees or has more than 10 percent of its boards rotted, missing or broken in an 8-foot section...
Landowners, state agree to reopen trail
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI  - Jun 4, 2007
Hunters and hikers who have been kept away for five years can return to Oahu's Poamoho Ridge Trail starting July 1, state trail managers have announced...
Trash bin fence stirs up heap of trouble
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Jun 2, 2007
Nemuel Pettie's newest section of fence is about 3 feet wide and a little taller than the average trash can. It could wind up costing him hundreds of dollars in fines, and maybe even his house...

Community Issues

Go-ahead for church to erect security fencing
Scarborough Today, UK  - Jun 2, 2007
A SCARBOROUGH church has been given permission to put up security fencing in a bid to stop youths causing trouble. Decorative fencing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is opposite the sixth form college at the junction of Stepney Road and Stepney Drive, will be removed...
Purple fence posts a warning to KU fans - and K-State ones, too
Hutchinson News, KS  - Jun 4, 2007
Q: If you drive outside of town either direction you will see certain fence posts painted purple. I even noticed this in eastern Kansas. Same purple on rural fence posts. What is this for?...
Fence last sign of industrialist dream
Connecticut Post, CT  - Jun 3, 2007
SEYMOUR - Bernard H. Matthies dreamed of building a mansion on a hill. His chosen spot was picturesque, high above the Naugatuck River and next to Trinity Episcopal Church. The rear windows, facing east, would look out over the river with its scythe-like bend in the distance....

Fence Contractors in the News

Family Fights For Fence
MyFox Saint Louis, MO  - Jun 1, 2007
A Metro East family trying to get a fence around their yard for their son with autism claims they're getting the run around from a local company. They've already dished out thousands of dollars but still have no fence...

Community Fence Projects

$12000 given for skateboard park fence
Palladium-Item, IN  - Jun 5, 2007
HAGERSTOWN, Ind. -- The Hagerstown Optimist Club has secured a $12000 grant from the Wayne County Foundation to fence a proposed skateboard park in town
Fence donations from KLA, Pratt Livestock approach $60000
Drovers (subscription), KS  - May 30, 2007
About 25 ranching families that experienced major fence damage during tornadoes in southwest Kansas came to Pratt Livestock May 25 to pick up free posts and wire. The fencing supplies were donated by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and Pratt Livestock

USA Mexico Border Fence

Killing Fences: Totally Misconstrued
Houston Press, TX  - Jun 1, 2007
Asked about the DHS's "request for proposal" contract for the border fencing out of Laredo that apparently awards Houston-based Kellogg Brown & Root (Halliburton) a starring role in the first phase of fence work, Knocke insists that has been "misconstrued" by South Texas officials...
Border cities can't 'veto' fence placement
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Jun 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Border-area communities will be consulted on the placement of a controversial fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but they won't be empowered to "veto" construction, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday...
Border Fence vs The Environment
Team 4 News, TX  - Jun 3, 2007
Could the building of a border fence here along the Rio Grande jeopardize one of the most pristine habitats in our area??? Some feel if wall goes up, that could be the case and they are working to make sure that doesn't happen...

USA Mexico Minuteman Fence

Minutemen sued over donation for border fence
East Valley Tribune, AZ -  - May 31, 2007
A Fountain Hills man who mortgaged his home to help pay for a secure fence along a portion of the U.S-Mexico border is suing the Minuteman border watch organization and many of its leaders, who are building the fence...

Pool Safety

Chandler mom a pool fence winner
East Valley Tribune, AZ -  - May 30, 2007
Schupe understood the need for a fence and entered her sister into the Fulton Homes Fence Patrol contest, which, through a combined effort with Fulton Homes, KMLE (107.9 FM) and Ironman Pool Fence, awards 12 fences during the summer...
Tragedy Spurs Fight For Tougher Law On Pool Fences
WCBS-TV New York, NY  - Jun 5, 2007
Tim Lentz said the homeowner didn't want the fence to interfere with the new garden that was put around the pool. There is a law in New York State requiring fences around all swimming pools, but there are no state guidelines for temporary fences...
Attempt to modify city pool ordinance sinking
Portage Daily Register, WI  - Jun 5, 2007
Council members may want to loosen the restrictions on the temporary pools which are currently subjected to the same rules as permanent ones, including permits and fencing. The effort to address the ordinance started several months ago as city ...

Fencing and G-8 Summit

Security fence evokes Iron Curtain memories
London Free Press, Canada  - Jun 5, 2007
HEILIGENDAMM, GERMANY -- Bystanders gazed in curiosity and disgust yesterday at the razor-wire-topped fence that will separate Group of Eight leaders from the rest of Germany during this week's summit -- part of security measures that, for some, evoke memories of life behind the Iron Curtain...

British Fence Shortage

Rip up the decking and mend the fences
This is Money, UK  - Jun 4, 2007
A fence is, quite literally, the defining element of a garden. It feeds our territorial instinct. It announces that the space it encloses is our own, to do with what we please. Gardeners are individualists: we like to know where we are - and, more important, we like to know that nobody else can get in there...
Timber shortage fuels panic buying
UKTV Gardens, UK  - Jun 4, 2007
Gardeners desperate to repair their fences have been rushing to snap up timber fencing panels, spurred on by a shortage of timber and the prospect of further price rises in the near future...
Thieves take fence panels
Express & Star, UK  - Jun 2, 2007
The thefts come just weeks after it was revealed fence panels are being sold on the black market for up to four times the normal price due to a European timber shortage...

Fencing and Airports

NYC airports to get invisible fences
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN  - Jun 5, 2007
WASHINGTON - A virtual fence with state-of-the-art heat, movement and video sensors to detect and deter terrorists is being installed around John F. Kennedy and three other New York-area airports modeled on systems at Israel's Ben Gurion and Baghdad's...



Good fences, good neighbours?
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa  - Jun 3, 2007
To fence, or not to fence: this debate has been under way for a decade, concerning Kenya's oldest national park, located just 20 minutes from the centre of the capital, Nairobi. With urban development edging closer to the park, however, a decision one way or the other has become a matter of urgency...
Israel Wants Robotic Guns, Missiles To Guard Gaza Border
DefenseNews.com (subscription)  - Jun 1, 2007
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is creating automated kill zones around the Gaza Strip aimed at halting infiltrations by terrorists, arms smugglers and other hostile individuals...
SK plans to remove 15% of military barbed wire fences
South Korea  - May 30, 2007
South Korea will remove barbed wire built for military security purposes along the lower part of the Han River linking Gimpo and Goyang of Gyeonggi Province, as well as in the nation's coastal areas, the Office for Government Policy Coordination said...

Weird News

Man forces Utah woman to fill up his tank: police
Canoe, Canada - Jun 5, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman was held up during a fill-up. The woman was pumping gasoline Sunday morning when a man stuck something in her back, told her it was a gun and ordered her to start filling up his sport utility vehicle ...

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