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  Protecting the Perimeter 5/14/07

The Transition of the Low Tech Fence
Yesterday I saw a cartoon picturing the US / Mexican border in the background, with new 20' fencing being installed. In the foreground was a ladder shop with a gentleman up on a ladder changing his signage to read, "New - 21' Ladders on Sale."
Protecting the Perimeter

Industry News

International Electronics, Inc. Enters Definitive Merger Agreement with Linear LLC
Business Wire (press release), CA  - May 15, 2007
CANTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Electronics, Inc. (IEI) (OTCBB: IEIB.OB) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Linear LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. ...
Merchants Metals Holds Advanced Access Control Training Seminar
Press Release, TX  - May 15, 2007
The Access Control market has grown consistently in the past few years and indications are that it will continue to become a larger part of our industry. ...
Saylorsburg fence manufacturer gets grant to expand production
Pocono Record, PA  - May 13, 2007
The more fencing we make, the more recycling material we use. It is great for recycling and for our business. It reaffirms the state is trying to help businesses that are making a difference in the environment," said Brian Kelley, director of Business ...
LMT Receives Formal Recognition of ICC-ES and AC-10 Compliance
Press Release  - May 4, 2007
Lawrenceville, N.J. - On May 2, 2007, LMT Mercer Group, Inc. became the first manufacturer of components for the fence, deck and railing industry to have developed and implemented a quality system that has been formally audited by an accredited inspection agency ...

Decking Industry News

Correct Building Products Introduces CorrectDeck RapidRail CX in Stone White with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection
PR Leap (press release), CA  - May 11, 2007
The company's CorrectDeck® CX with Microban® antimicrobial product protection is the first composite decking to combine antimicrobial protection that ...

Homeland Security

Making an impact on nation's security
Houston Chronicle, TX  - May 15, 2007
Before 9/11, there was little standardized testing of security fences to back up vendors' claims for their toughness, said Richard Young, Fence Lab project manager for Customs and Border Protection, a bureau of the US Department of Homeland Security...
Port grant to fund perimeter fencing, strategic lighting
Grays Harbor Daily World, WA  - May 15, 2007
The Port of Grays Harbor has received $313,342 from a federal Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. "This will completely replace what perimeter fencing there is, with 8-foot heavy-duty fencing topped with barbed wire," ...

Local Government Issues

Fence along Temecula bridge to get face-lift
Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA  - May 8, 2007
TEMECULA - The city will spend up to $185,000 to beautify a protective chain-link fence along the south side of the Overland Drive bridge over Interstate 15...
New fencing laws raises concern over QC identity
AZ Central.com, AZ  - May 15, 2007
But recently developers and newcomers have challenged part of the town's pastoral identity. They made pleas for flexibility and safety that pushed the Queen Creek Town Council to allow six feet of solid fencing of homes near major roads...
Two-year battle over high fence
Eastbourne Herald, UK - May 9, 2007
A FENCE that has divided neighbours' property and opinion will be lowered after two years of legal wrangling. Andrew Edie's Selwyn Road neighbours Derek and Bridget Atkinson put up the controversial 2.6metre fence in March 2005 ...
Council will hear Thatcher fence appeal
Keizertimes, OR  - May 11, 2007
Karl Thatcher said any sight lines at the Chemawa Road corner lot intersection would not be obscured by such a fence, noting that Keizer Police Chief Marc Adams and Keizer Fire Marshal Joel Stein did not raise any objections to the proposals...
Talks over riverside safety fencing plan
Leeds Today, UK  - May 12, 2007
Objectors argued the fencing was unnecessary and would spoil people's enjoyment of the park. A petition launched by the Wharfemeadows Action Group (WAG), set up to fight the fence proposal, has been signed by about 6000 people...

Fencing and Railroads

Fence gives safety a kick in the slats
Toronto Star, Canada  - May 12, 2007
In both cases, we determined it was not the responsibility of the railways to fix the fences. Toronto's transportation department fixed the Gerrard Square fence, but said it wasn't responsible for the lack of fencing on King; nobody fixed that one...

Fences and Agriculture

Farms, ranches feel storms' fury
Wichita Eagle, KS - May 15, 2007
Replacing fences - Cross said KLA is continuing an effort initiated last week by the Livestock Marketing Association to help farmers and ranchers replace fences. "They raised $15,000 and bought post and wire and took them out to Macksville to hand out to producers that needed them," he said. "That sounds like a lot of money, but it doesn't go that far. So we decided to raise some more money ...
Nibbling nuisance: Deer fence concerns garlic farm owner
Pocono Record, PA  - May 9, 2007
Good fences may make good neighbors. But Paul Milenkowic is worried his farm will become a deer buffet when his neighbor erects an 8-foot tall deer fence. Paul Milenkowic: Owns a garlic farm in Cherry Valley next to old Porter farm...

Community Issues

Fence plan to keep out vandals
Wigan Observer, UK  - May 14, 2007
A fence is to be put up around a Wigan leisure centre in a bid to keep out vandals. Police and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust say putting a fence around Ashton Leisure Centre is necessary because the building has been plagued by frequent attacks of mindless vandalism over the past 12 months ...
Fence requested in Sleepy Hollow
The Courier News, IL  - May 15, 2007
SLEEPY HOLLOW -- In a village that generally frowns upon fences, the only ones found here are around swimming pools, dog runs, patios or decks. There also is a barrier-type fence in the rear yards of residences that abut Randall Road...
Sound-barrier fence to go up on Camellia
The Daily Advertiser, LA  - May 11, 2007
The decision to erect a fence comes after years of trying to get federal funding for the stalled Camellia Green project, which would have created an aesthetic buffer zone of jogging paths, meandering sidewalks and other vegetation to block noise from ...
New row over beauty spot fences
Yorkshire Post Today, UK  - May 11, 2007
Last night WAG member Linda Lukats said: "There is still too much fencing. People who sit on benches in the park don't want to look at a fence. It is supposed to be a rural, natural place. The signs are appalling and unnecessary...

Fences and Animals

Build a fence to save a turtle
Mobile Register, AL  - May 13, 2007
Now, a coalition of turtle lovers, environmental groups and state and federal agencies are on the verge of installing miles of fencing along the edges of the road to stop the deaths, which peak during the spring and summer. The last remaining challenge ...
Fence goes up to cut down on turtle deaths
Press of Atlantic City, NJ - May 14, 2007
Over the years, researchers at the Wetlands Institute in Middle Township have dedicated the nesting season to solving a more relevant question: "How do you prevent the turtle from crossing the road?" That answer has been, in part, fences. And more fences...


Fencing and Airports

Mason City airport to install fence to keep out animals
Radio Iowa, IA  - May 15, 2007
The Mason City Municipal Airport is getting a one-million dollar federal grant to build a seven-and-a-half mile fence around the airport's perimeter...

Fence Contractors in the News

Canine Fence Company Nominated for 2007 Freedom Award
Emediawire (press release), WA - May 9, 2007
The Canine Fence Company has been nominated, by Mike M, a Canine Fence Company employee of 9 years, for the 2007 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award...
Feds Break Drug Distribution Ring
WXIA-TV, GA - May 10, 2007
The investigation centers around a Forsyth County fencing company that was being used as a storage hub for millions of dollars worth of cocaine...

Schools and Fences

Chesapeake school hedges on building fence
Virginian Pilot, VA  - May 15, 2007
Think of some decidedly not pastoral things. STADIUM LIGHTS - emphasis on the BRIGHT - should come to mind. Welcome to Linda Tindell's "farmette." She moved to West Road in Chesapeake 20 years ago to raise some horses, build a couple of barns and soak in a healthy dose of bucolic...

DIY - Consumers

New Fence Leads To Broken Sidewalk, Headaches
MyFox Kansas City, MO  - May 15, 2007
Putting in a new fence lead to a broken front sidewalk and a lot of frustration in trying to get it fixed, that is until the homeowner called the FOX 4 Problem Solvers...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border patrol commits to openness about fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - May 12, 2007
BROWNSVILLE - A top Border Patrol official on Saturday told about 70 Rio Grande Valley leaders and residents that the agency erred in drawing a secret map of planned border fencing and was committed to being transparent about where any fencing would go...
Leaked border fence map has South Texas talking
KHOU (subscription), TX  - May 11, 2007
It shows the federal government's plan for 370 miles of border fencing - mostly in Texas. Texas farmers and others along the border say the federal government assured them their concerns would be taken into account...
Guardsmen Clearing Way for Border Fence?
KRGV, TX  - May 11, 2007
They did some cutting down in the brush and some by our pump. They said they were going to work all the way to Fronton, which is a big stretch of river, eight to ten miles," he says. Mascorro tells us he asked the troops why they were cutting. "Some said, 'Yeah, we're here cleaning out the way for the fence,'" ...


Pakistan building anti-Taliban fence on Afghan border
Gulf Times, Qatar - May 11, 2007
The building of the barbed wire fence is likely to provoke anger from Kabul, which says it does not recognise the porous frontier between the two pivotal allies in the US-led "war on terror...
Plan to fence up border at Sebatik hits snag
Daily Express, Malaysia - May 12, 2007
Kota Kinabalu: The proposed fencing up of the 32km boundary Malaysia shares with Indonesia at Sebatik Island has hit a snag as it has been categorised as a problematic border...


Weird News

Destroyer sunk by friendly fire
Canoe, Canada - May 14, 2007
VICTORIA (CP) - A Canadian warship was sunk Monday by artillery fire. But HMCS Huron was headed for Davy Jones' locker anyway. "Huron sank today, just after 1 p.m. local time after a series of gunnery exercises," said Lt.-Cmdr. Mar MacIntyre of navy public affairs ...

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