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Blog -  Markup & Profit    11/20/07

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

THE SALES CALL: Why do your customers tell you "your price is too high"?      Good question. Do you think for a minute that they really know one way or the other if your price is too high? Consider this. If your customers did in fact know that your price is or was too high on any given price quotation that you have given them, you and your company would not be necessary. They would do the work themselves...    Markup Blog

Industry News

A fence without offense
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Nov 18, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security began the search for new fences earlier this year, inviting private contractors to submit ideas. Proposals had to meet certain specifications. The barrier had to be 15 to 18 feet high. It had to be able to withstand the impact of a vehicle moving at 40 mph. It had to be strong enough to keep smugglers from cutting through it in less than 15 minutes...

Decking Industry News

China Homebuilders Exhibition Showcases aert's Green Product Line:
Trading Markets (press release), CA  - Nov 19, 2007
A 3500 square foot display of moistureshield® decking was unveiled as part of Zhengte Ltd's 12000 square foot booth at the trade show...

Fence Contractors in the News

Man sues judge over drug test for probationers
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Nov 14, 2007
The lawsuit, which also names Montgomery County and other unspecified defendants, further alleges that Burns was held in isolation because the judge would not allow him to communicate with his family. Burns is the chief executive of the Houston fencing company, Astro Fence...
Wild West preference actions could hurt small fence business
The Wichita Eagle, KS  - Nov 15, 2007
Robert Thomas wishes he'd never heard of Thomas Etheredge. The McPherson businessman, who operates a small fencing business, said the work he did for Etheredge's Wild West World may force him into bankruptcy. Tomfam Builders handled a $20,000 fencing job at the park, putting up much of the two-rail and privacy fencing...

USA Mexico Border Fence - Chinese Parts

Altmire to inspect border fence parts
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Nov 16, 2007
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, says he will be on the lookout for pipes made in China during an inspection tour of a fence being constructed on the U.S.-Mexico border. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Traditional fence costs may boost interest in virtual fence
GovExec.com, DC  - Nov 19, 2007
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told business leaders last week that the cost of building traditional fencing along the southern border could be too expensive. That view has given ammunition to lawmakers and companies who want to see more technology used to control the borders....
Mexico Calls US Border Fence Severe Threat to Environment
Washington Post, DC  - Nov 16, 2007
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 15 -- Plans to extend the U.S. fence along the Mexican border are "medieval" and would severely damage the environment, threatening hundreds of plant species and animals, such as Mexican gray wolves, black bears and jaguars, according to a Mexican government report released Thursday...
Contractor nearing completion of 7 mile border fence near Sasabe
KVOA.com, AZ  - Nov 16, 2007
Environmentalists are concerned that Homeland Security is rushing to build fencing without appropriate review of its impacts on wildlife and habitat...
Fence Building Stops At The River's Edge
KOLD-TV, AZ  - Nov 19, 2007
"It's overwhelming. Overwhelming." The first words of Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva as he climbed out of an SUV along the US/Mexican border and laid eyes on the border fence ...

Community Issues

PG&E: Fencing not 'promised'
Red Bluff Daily News, CA  - Nov 19, 2007
RED BLUFF - City residents who have seen construction workers on site this week at the Pacific Gas & Electric Company substation on Monroe Street may think the utility is finally putting up the fencing and screening it promised would be completed last spring....
Power poles, fence threaten prairie vista at Osteen Bridge
The DeLand-Deltona Beacon, FL  - Nov 19, 2007
Wet prairies are part of Florida's freshwater-marsh system. They're a complex ecosystem dominated by grasses and other low-growing plants whose roots are fixed in the soil beneath the water...
Bently installs windmills to power electric fence
Nevada Appeal, NV  - Nov 18, 2007
Minden industrialist Don Bently is using windmills to power an electric fence around his new effluent reservoir off of Buckeye Creek Road. The new reservoir at 540 Ranch off of Buckeye Creek Road uses water pumped from the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District...
Golf course fence angers Boca Raton homeowners' group
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL  - Nov 18, 2007
Boca Raton - In this gilded city by the sea, a fence is not just a fence. That's especially true when it's of the chain-link variety and put up in front of a shuttered golf course that developers covet...

Fences and Animals

Great Gardens- Deer Fencing
KXLY, WA  - Nov 19, 2007
SPOKANE -- Most people are excited to see deer in their yards, but for gardeners, deer can be problematic and destructive animals....
Fences will keep elk from Banff townsite
Edmonton Journal, Canada  - Nov 18, 2007
BANFF - Parks Canada plans to use fences along the Trans-Canada Highway to control the elk population near Banff townsite. The fences will trap elk on the ...
County buys fence for dogs at Animal Control shelter
MLive.com, MI  - Nov 16, 2007
GENESEE COUNTY -- Volunteers will soon have a fenced area dedicated to walking stray dogs at the Genesee County Animal Control shelter on Pasadena Avenue in Flint Township. The county Board of Commissioners today tentatively approved the purchase and installation of fencing at the shelter -- a decision they could finalize next week...

Local Government Issues

Group to add fencing for Greenway Trail
Poughkeepsie Journal, NY  - Nov 18, 2007
BEACON - The Town of Fishkill Environmental Advisory Board will install a post and rail fence for Greenway Trail safety from 9 am to 2 pm Saturday at Mount ...
New fence surrounds work release center
Wilkes Barre Citizen's Voice, PA  - Nov 20, 2007
A new fence around the Luzerne County Correctional Facility's work release center in Wilkes-Barre cost $18300, records show...
Fence project delayed again
al.com, AL  - Nov 20, 2007
BAY MINETTE -- A controversial fence -- not yet built, but discussed for more than a year -- has been delayed again, this time by a Spanish Fort couple who pleaded with the school board for help...
Locust Mount's fence comes too little, too late
London Free Press, Canada  - Nov 15, 2007
A yellow, six-foot-tall fence surrounded much of Locust Mount yesterday, five days after a blaze set by people inside ravaged the heritage mansion...
Colony Management Looking at Fencing off Complex
WLTX.com, SC  - Nov 19, 2007
(Columbia) - After the brutal murders at the Colony Apartments in the last year, apartment management is planning on fencing off the complex...


Schools and Fences

'Suspicious man' and vandals prompt bid for school fence
icBerkshire, UK  - Nov 15, 2007
NEIGHBOURS are furious over a school's plans to put up an "intrusive" eight-foot high security fence. But St Martin's Catholic Primary School says the fence is essential to stop a spate of vandalism - including the use of the sandpit as a toilet ...
All wrought up over a new school fence
Stockton Record, CA  - Nov 17, 2007
How much money did Stockton Unified School District administrators spend on the nice wrought-iron fence at Commodore Stockton Skills School (formerly Webster School)? What's wrong with the chain-link fence other district school have? ...
Fences crop up at parish schools
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, LA  - Nov 14, 2007
Moving forward on a $700,000 security initiative, St. Tammany Parish school officials have installed perimeter fencing around the district's 21 elementary schools and plan to complete middle and junior high schools by early next year...

Fencing and Railroads

Fence gap by tracks gets mixed reactions
Contra Costa Times, CA  - Nov 20, 2007
A federal official said Monday that a gap in a fence people use to cross Berkeley railroad tracks should be fixed following a fatality last week. In the meantime, employees of Truitt & White lumber yard who use the shortcut probably will continue to do so despite the death of their colleague, according to two managers who work there...


Weird News

Spain's King Juan Carlos telling Chavez to 'shut up' becomes ringtone hit
Canoe, Canada - Nov 20, 2007
MADRID, Spain - Many Spaniards were so amused when their king told Venezuela's president to "shut up" they want to hear the words every time their phone rings...

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