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Blog -  Markup & Profit    5/22/07

Markup and Profit is a new feature to FenceWeek. by Michael Stone

Calculating the correct Gross Margin for your company      To continue our pursuit of making good profits this year, let's look at calculating the sales price for your work using gross margins. As I said last month, thoroughly understanding the numbers is how the smart people in this business make money... Markup Blog

Industry News

Software Design Launches New Computer Fencing System Web Site
Press Release, ID  - May 21, 2007
Software Design Associates, makers of the Computer Fencing System, announce the release of their new website www.fencesoftware.com. The completely revamped site is packed with...
Linear Acquires Allstar
Custom Retailer, PA  - May 21, 2007
Linear LLC said it has "strengthened its position in the entry systems marketplace" with its acquisition last month of Allstar, a Downingtown, Pa.-based manufacturer of gate operators, commercial and residential garage door operators, and radio controls...

Decking do-it-yourselfers

Deck decisions abound for do-it-yourselfers
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - May 19, 2007
A beautiful deck is surely an asset to a home. It's a gathering place, a haven, someplace that's perfect for both company and solitude. "Decks are very popular these days," says Janet Terpstra, Pro-sales contractor and sales associate at Home Depot in Hobart. "We get people who are building their first decks and keeping it simple ...
The deck is stacked against do-it-yourselfers
The News Journal, DE  - May 16, 2007
.T. Takacs calls today's home buyer "the pia colada generation." By that he means folks who enjoy chilling out on their own private backyard decks, perhaps in a hot tub, and watching the sun go down. ...

Building Industry News

Builder Confidence Falls Again In May
Building Online, CA  - May 18, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Ongoing concerns about subprime-related problems in the mortgage market caused builder confidence about the state of housing demand to decline three more points in May, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Leading Fence Company Expands Office Space and Staff
PR Web (press release), WA  - May 20, 2007
First Fence of Georgia (1stfence.com), North Georgia and Metro Atlanta's leading fence company, announced today it opened a new corporate office and added nine new staff members to its roster. The company expanded its operations in Kennesaw, Georgia...
Houhulin Bros. Fence celebrates 110 years in business
Bloomington Pantagraph, IL  - May 21, 2007
GOODFIELD - If you want a fence today, get ready to make some difficult choices. Hohulin Bros. Fence Co., 116 S. Harrison St., Goodfield, offers its residential and commercial customers a wide range of options for their fences...
3 testify on favors they did for Abate
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - May 16, 2007
Carlo Del Pizzo Jr. of Carl's Fencing and Decking, Marlboro, said he reduced a $4,400 bill for fencing work at Abate's Marlboro home to $4,000 in 2005, because Abate asked him to "take care of him" and indicated he could give Del Pizzo future work at the authority...
World-class fencers will battle it out for title
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand  - May 11, 2007
World-class fencers will battle it out for "Golden Pliers" title at Mystery Creek Fieldays. The world number three and current New Zealand singles fencing champion will defend his Golden Pliers title at the Mystery Creek Fieldays,13-16 June 2007...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Man faces prison for stealing parts of bridge, cemetery fence
Livingston Daily, MI  - May 20, 2007
The second of three people accused of stealing metal from a bridge in Howell and a cemetery fence in Brighton entered a plea to charges in the case...
Fixing Fences
WSLS.com, VA  - May 16, 2007
Miles of split rail fencing that border parts of the parkway are in need of repair and Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a volunteer organization is getting important training on how to restore it...

Fences and Neighbors

Bad fences make bad neighbours
Globe and Mail, Canada  - May 21, 2007
...Their neighbours, who are used to living among open, sprawling yards, have got a stop-work order. Councillor Peter Milczyn has shown to ref the meeting of about 25. "I don't like your fence," says James Desroches, who lives next door. "It makes it look like a cow pasture."...
Good neighbors can make good fences
commercialappeal.com (subscription), TN  - May 21, 2007
Cheryl and Bob: We have recently purchased a new home in Tipton County. We were considering putting a fence around the backyard, but the cost is prohibitive. Our yard looks into our neighbor's backyard. We feel as though we have no privacy. Any ideas? ...

Local Government Issues

City issues rules for fences
Sioux City Journal, IA  - May 18, 2007
One frequently asked question is in regard to fences. Although a permit is not needed, the following guidelines need to be followed: ...
Zoning board rules on neighbor's fence height
Macomb Daily Journal, IL  - May 18, 2007
MACOMB - Efforts to confine a Labrador dog that has been described as a neighborhood menace do not require a city zoning variation, according to a decision made Wednesday by the Macomb Board of Zoning Appeals. ...
Thatcher fence appeal denied
Keizertimes, OR  - May 17, 2007
Karl Thatcher also said he had received "verbal" permission from city staffers during the early 1990s to build the fence on the property - prior to changes in the city code affecting fences - but did not have it in writing, he said ...
Public invited to take part in review of fencing laws
PressZoom (press release), Netherlands  - May 17, 2007
Queenslanders are being invited to have their say in a legal review aimed at reducing conflict between neighbours over fences, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Kerry Shine said today. ...


Community Issues

No fences at gorges
Ithaca Journal, NY  - May 22, 2007
Upon reading your recent editorial on gorge safety ("Gorge safety: Rules can save lives," May 11), I was pleased to see that there was no call for more fences along the trail. Many years ago when the entire rim trail at Taughannock State Park (and other area parks) was defaced with miles of chain-link fence...
Seattle may add fence to Aurora Bridge to prevent suicides
KNDO/KNDU, WA  - May 18, 2007
So far this year six people have jumped to their deaths from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. The city and state Transportation Department are considering a fence to keep pedestrians from committing suicide...
DOT's fence plans irk parents in Ridgewood
Forest Hills Ledger, NY - May 17, 2007
Robert Frost said that "good fences make good neighbors," but neighbors of the proposed Metropolitan-Woodhaven school site in Forest Hills are not pleased with the Department of Transportation's plans to put up a new fence around the truck lot adjacent ...
More fencing, lighting soon to be installed
Goldstream News Gazette, Canada  - May 18, 2007
Regular users of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal will notice extra fencing and lighting in the coming months. The changes are part of extra security enhancements the terminal will gain through the Marine Security Contribution Program...

Fences and Weather

Clearing the wreckage
The Hutchinson News, KS  - May 21, 2007
...A week after the storm, Cross' organization, along with Pratt Livestock and the Livestock Marketing Association, rounded up more than $15,000 in donations to help producers cover costs to replace fences. On Friday, Cross and others with the KLA gave out another $10,000 in fence posts at Pratt Livestock to 17 producers who experienced storm damage. But the attempt wasn't enough to cover the 35 miles of fencing those producers needed, he said...
KLA: Demand For Posts Outpaces Supply
Cattlenetwork.com, KS  - May 21, 2007
KLA President David Cross of Lewis was on hand last week to help distribute $10,000 worth of steel fence posts to ranchers hit hard by the May 4-5 tornadoes in southwest Kansas. Demand exceeded supply, with the free fencing materials picked up in a short amount of time...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Money still stands in fence's way
Monitor, TX  - May 20, 2007
Only a few months ago, newly empowered Democrats in Congress were saying a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico had little chance of getting fully funded. "No money, no fence," Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, told The Monitor in January. "That's the bottom line...
Fences at border come with a price
Ocala.com, FL  - May 22, 2007
ALAMO, Texas - Nancy Brown drives the government truck slowly past mossy ponds, thick shrouds of beard-like Spanish moss and majestic ebony trees, gleefully identifying the song of the kiskadee and the gurgling call of the chachalaca...
Laredo Mayor Outraged Over Fence Contract Proposal
ClickonSA.com, TX  - May 17, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Texas border officials lashed out at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday after learning of a call for bids on an up to $250 million contract to build border fencing in Laredo. The Texas Border Coalition, a group of border ...
Millions could go to border fence projects
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - May 16, 2007
AUSTIN - Despite a political uproar in South Texas, federal authorities are looking for companies to build walls and roads along the U.S.-Mexico border, where homeland security projects could spark a huge government contracting bonanza...


Govt seeks US aid for fencing border with Afghanistan
Gulf Times, Qatar  - May 18, 2007
ISLAMABAD: The government has informed the US that fencing and mining of its border with Afghanistan alone can stop cross-border movement of militants but it does not have enough resources for the same ...


Weird News

U.S. Midwest readies for emergence of 17-year-old cicadas
Canoe, Canada - May 20, 2007
CHICAGO (AP) - Coming soon: Brood XIII. It sounds like a bad horror movie. But it's actually the name of the billions of cicadas expected to emerge this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground...

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