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Merchants Metals Announces Important Personnel Changes
Press Release, TX  - May 8, 2007
Houston, TX - May 8, 2007 - Merchants Metals has recently announced several changes to the Access Control Department...
In Memory of Steven Joseph Killian, 6/6/55 - 5/1/2007
Orange, CA  - May 7, 2007
The perimeter security and fencing industry recently lost a beloved member, Steven Joseph Killian, age 51 of Rockwell TX, who passed away May 1, 2007... ...

Industry News

Special to FenceWeek  - May 8, 2007
Isolation fencing was cited as the most effective barrier for preventing the drowning of young children numerous times during the 6th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium, held April 25 & 26 in Phoenix ...
Fencing made easy
High Plains Journal, KS  - May 3, 2007
New product features on the 2007 Munro Digger Driver fence post-setting machines include Hex-tube augers and a more powerful hydraulic motor. The Munro Digger Driver combines a pilot-hole auger (digger) and a powerful post-pounder (driver) into one easy-to-handle machine that performs both functions from a single setup ...
5 questions about the wireless moose fence
Concord Monitor, NH  - May 8, 2007
Keith Betzen of Unionville, Ind., is saving gardens all across America. Six years after the release of his Wireless Deer Fence, Betzen has created a patented training fence to keep moose out of yards, as well. He tells us more about the new Wireless Moose Fence ...

Decking Industry News

The Coming of Chinese Composite Decking
Building-Products.com, CA  - May 7, 2007
IT wasn't too long ago that a glut of domestic producers of composite decking had the industry braced for a shakeout. To become more competitive, over the last three years, several domestic manufacturers have shifted production to China. And, now Chinese companies are formulating plans to crack the U.S. market on their own ...
Today's homeowners are all decked out
National Post, Canada  - May 5, 2007
The humble deck, long the preferred location for hosting backyard events, is growing up. Gone are simple rectangular forms hung off the back of the house. Modern decks are getting bigger, some on several levels, and are functioning as an extension of the interior living space...

British Fence Shortage

Fence drought horror hits Britain
Metro, UK  - May 2, 2007
Demand for the traditional 'lap' fencing panels - a feature of countless gardens across the UK - has soared following wet and windy weather, while lower production in timber producing countries has reduced stocks...
Garden fencing firms in mini-crisis
Which?, UK  - May 1, 2007
DIY firms were today struggling to keep up with demand for garden fencing after a series of problems plunged the market into a mini-crisis. Demand for the traditional 'lap' fencing panels - a feature of countless gardens across the UK - has soared following wet and windy weather, while lower production in timber producing countries has reduced stocks...

Fence Contractors in the News

Finding the right fence
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - May 4, 2007
"People put up fences for aesthetics, to keep the dog in, to surround the pool, or for some privacy," says the owner of Penn Fencing in Butler County. "Most people buy a fence once in a lifetime, and it is for one of those reasons." ...
Chatfield manufacturer looks toward expansion
Post-Bulletin, MN  - May 7, 2007
"Mike Jaszewski, plant manager for Strongwell Corp., made the sign himself and he sees it as an example of how the longtime manufacturer is moving into new markets with new Fiberglas-reinforced products "We're not just industrial fences and handrail systems," he says...

Local Government Issues

Fence gear rethink
Warrnambool Standard, Australia  - May 7, 2007
ABOUT $29000 worth of fencing material bought for Port Fairy's rejected South Beach fence project will be used on other projects around Moyne Shire...
Electric fence to keep lido vandals high and dry
Hackney Gazette, UK  - May 8, 2007
An electric fence is set to be installed around London Fields lido in a bid to keep out drunken intruders. The extra protection will be installed on top of the wall surrounding the Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool...
Boots on a fence summon a fleeting era
The Spokesman Review, WA  - May 7, 2007
Consider how barbed wire dominated the West for more than a century only to be replaced by the white vinyl privacy fences of gated neighborhoods...

Homeland Security

Dam fence put up after 9/11 was a dumb move
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - May 6, 2007
The threat of terrorism has hung overhead for so long that I suspect more Americans know the color of Britney Spears' latest wig (brown) than the color of the latest "national threat level" (yellow for your daily activities, orange if you're getting on an airplane). ...

Community Issues

Residents displeased with vista-blocking fence on Indian Avenue
Newport Daily News, RI  - May 3, 2007
Almost every waterside residence and estate has some sort of fence along the rural two-lane road, which winds along the east side of town from the beaches to the Portsmouth line...
Lake Miramar Fence Construction Begins
KGTV, 10News.com, CA  - May 3, 2007
SAN DIEGO -- Construction began Thursday on a fence that will allow people to circle Lake Miramar for the first time since Sept....
Petroglyph fence to remain in subdivision plans
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ  - May 4, 2007
PRESCOTT - Touching on a sensitive issue this week, the developer of the Enchanted Canyon subdivision briefly suggested doing away with plans to fence the property's petroglyphs ...
Site to get fence face-lift
Journal and Courier, IN  - May 1, 2007
But to renovate it, the fence likely will have to be taken down and fixed in pieces. It will either have to be chemically stripped or sandblasted to remove old layers of lead paint, county parks superintendent Allen Nail said...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border officials get more reassurance on fence
LAREDO, Texas -- Homeland Security officials have again assured local officials that fencing would not go up along the Rio Grande without public input, including "town hall" meetings with border residents, US Rep. Henry Cuellar said Monday ...
Border fence plan upsetting Texans
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH  - May 2, 2007
We are utilizing traditional fencing at the border generally in those areas including metropolitan areas where it is easier for an alien ...
Boeing, Department of Homeland Security Implement Project 28 ...
Design News, MA  - May 4, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has commissioned Boeing in the production, testing and implementation of Project 28, the DHS's virtual fence, along a 28-mile stretch of the US/Mexico border just south of Tucson, AZ..

Fences and Animals

Great wall of WA to battle wiild dogs
Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, Australia - May 6, 2007
A biosecurity fence could be the answer to the growing wild dog problem in the pastoral region of Western Australia, according to pastoralists from the Murchison and Goldfields regions in Western Australia...
Fence to protect Mulligans native flora, fauna
ABC Online, Australia  - May 6, 2007
The ACT Government and the Australian National University (ANU) are embarking on an ambitious project to enclose a Canberra nature reserve in a predator proof fence...
Fence seen as peril to animal pathways along border
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - May 5, 2007
Congress last year approved the Secure Fence Act. Its measures include hundreds of miles of additional fencing, as well as more lighting, vehicle barriers and checkpoints to prevent illegal immigration...

Schools and Fences

2m-high fences to protect schools
Advertiser Adelaide, Australia  - May 3, 2007
CONTINUING arson and vandalism at schools across the state have forced the Government to commit $5 million to build 2.1m-high security fences. The State Government yesterday announced that the cash would be spent on fencing at up to 30 schools over the ...

Fencing and Railroads

An accidental fence
Stratford Star, CT  - May 4, 2007
I was getting ready for work Monday morning when I heard on the radio that someone had been hit by a train and killed in Stratford. The same thing happened exactly a week before. ...

Fence Exhibits

Artesia museum exhibits "Fences of Lea County"
Carlsbad Current Argus, NM  - May 5, 2007
ARTESIA - The Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center is currently exhibiting "Fences of Lea County," a photography show featuring works by Lea County students ...
Smithsonian exhibition explores both sides of the fence
Hutchinson News, KS  - May 6, 2007
Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, "Between Fences" will explore the multiple meanings behind this everyday icon...


Indo-Pak fencing being extended
Economic Times, India  - May 6, 2007
Vighokot: To prevent infiltration from Pakistan border, Indian authorities are extending barbed wire fencing along the border deep inside the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat ...


Weird News

Briton misdiagnosed with cancer wants compensation
Canoe, Canada - May 8, 2007
LONDON (AP) - A man who said he spent his life savings after being told he had months to live is seeking compensation after doctors conceded they had got the diagnosis wrong...

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