Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe November 27, 2007  
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Industry News

Trex Company Announces Win of Major Highlands Ranch Fencing Project
The BusinessWire, CA  - Nov 21, 2007
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP) today announced the win of a multi-million dollar contract to provide Trex Seclusionsr fencing to the Highlands Ranch Metro District of Colorado. This low-maintenance fencing - offering a superior combination of privacy, durability and beauty - will be used to replace the community's existing fencing, which is over two decades old and borders major area roadways...
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B ARMR Corporation to Provide Anti-Terrorist Barrier Systems to United States Navy
News & Observer, NC  - Nov 24, 2007
CARROLLTON, Texas - Integrated Security Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:IZZI) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, B&B ARMR Corporation, has received a major order for high security portable anti-terrorist barrier systems for ultimate delivery to a U.S. Naval Facility. For security reasons, the exact location of the installation was not released...
Minnesota Vinyl and Aluminum Systems Inc, Expands Its Market to Include A Rapidly Expanding Regional Wholesale Division
Press Release, MN  - Nov 24, 2007
MVAS, a 1993 startup company based out of Shakopee, Minnesotahas become a household name in the Twin Cities "Maintenance Free" building Industry. Wendy Anderson, owner, started MVAS after concluding there was a void in the construction industry when it came to exterior fence, deck and railing products....
Using physical security to protect high value individuals
Info4Security, UK  - Nov 24, 2007
With an increasing number of high net worth individuals making the UK their home, Richard Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Fencing & Access Solutions, takes a look at some of the physical security solutions being deployed to protect them...

Decking Industry News

For Trex, Selling Composite Has Been Tough
Washington Post, DC  - Nov 26, 2007
Trex, a manufacturer of decking materials made from reclaimed plastic and wood, can trace its origin to the other end of the recycling chain. Started by former executives at Mobil, the company was launched from a unit of the oil giant that produced plastic grocery bags...
AERT's Chinese Partner Receives Innovation Award at China ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Nov 26, 2007
..this year's International Exhibition on Housing in Beijing, China. The exhibition is the Chinese equivalent of the National Homebuilder Show in the U.S. and is the premier Chinese event for the building products industry. Zhengte's winning display featured AERT's MoistureShield® decking products...


Testing/Training Fences

High school students learn about building fences -- and better ...
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - Nov 26, 2007
"Fencing is the toughest project we have for getting volunteers," York said. "We also need skilled labor, and that is why this partnership is perfect ...
Barrier-busting at Fence Lab
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Nov 24, 2007
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. U.S. Border Patrol agents, sweating under a hot Texas sun, squared off against an array of fences. They swung axes at posts, used blowtorches to melt steel, tore through sheet metal with crowbars and scaled walls with ladders... More on the Fence Lab

Fences and Animals

Glass wall has birders seeing red
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Nov 24, 2007
Conservationists are calling for a developer to take down a nearly mile-long glass wall built around a new housing development near the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach after they say at least a dozen birds, including several birds of prey, died when they flew into the structure...
Scientists want $1.5m devil fence
The Mercury, Australia  - Nov 22, 2007
A DEVIL-PROOF fence could play a part in the fight to save the Tasmanian icon, which has been listed as endangered. Scientists are considering erecting a...

Schools and Fences

Bid to deter vandals with school safety fence wins support
Dorset Echo, UK  - Nov 26, 2007
PLANS to put up a two-metre high security fence at a village primary school are in place, pending planning officer approval. With the support of Burton Primary School's new head teacher, ...
Private company erects fence around two schools
AntiguaSun, Antigua and Barbuda  - Nov 25, 2007
A private company has come forward and assisted to fence the entire perimeter of two primary schools on the south of the island...
£200,000 protection fence at school
The Times, UK  - Nov 25, 2007
BELFAST More than £200,000 will be spent on building a school fence to prevent violence between Protestant and Catholic estates...


Barbed wire snags concern
Duncan Banner, OK  - Nov 25, 2007
DUNCAN - When a 10-foot-high fence topped with barbed wire coils was installed recently for added security at the Stephens County Jail...

Community Issues

Speedway fence extra big
Manawatu Standard, NZ  - Nov 26, 2007
The Robertson Holden International Speedway's fence is higher and stronger than rules require, says promoter Bruce Robertson. Mr Robertson was queried after a call from the Blenheim coroner Peter Radich on Wednesday for an investigation into fencing regulations...
Fence protects work at Thornwald Mansion
Carlisle Sentinel, PA  - Nov 27, 2007
That Thornwald Mansion is fenced in again is a good thing, according to Mike Landis, Carlisle Borough code administration officer...
Fence to address noise
NorthJersey.com, NJ  - Nov 24, 2007
RIVER EDGE -- The Board of Education will build a fence and move a bench near an elementary school baseball field as a result of noise and litter complaints from neighbors...
fence divides glencoe neighbors
Chicago Tribune, IL  - Nov 22, 2007
...The fence painting is the culmination of a feud between Silverstein and Moskow that spans more than two years and includes allegations of trespassing and harassment, threatened litigation and more...

Business Associations

Lumberton businesses erect fence
Hattiesburg American, MS  - Nov 23, 2007
LUMBERTON - Tired of the damaged look of downtown Lumberton, area business owners banded together in recent weeks to build a new fence along Main Street, covering up unsightly holes between the buildings...


Local Government Issues

Highlands Ranch gets fencing project under way
The Denver Business Journal, CO  - Nov 24, 2007
The Highlands Ranch Metro District is replacing 41 miles of outdated fencing around the Highlands Ranch neighborhood over the next 20 years. The district awarded the fence replacement job to fencing and decking manufacturer Trex Co. Inc. of Winchester, Va. The new fencing is estimated to cost $15.85 million...
Thanks Town for Fence
Port Washington News, NY  - Nov 23, 2007
The recent new fence surrounding Manorhaven Park is a great improvement to the aesthetics of the community of Manorhaven. It conforms to the new buildings that have been erected since the time when the chain-link fence was originally installed...
Playa Vista fence limits bluffs access
Daily Breeze, CA  - Nov 25, 2007
It's just a short walk from busy Lincoln Boulevard and the neighborhood streets of Westchester and Playa Vista. Yet Cabora Road is one of the area's best-kept secrets - a narrow dirt path blocked to vehicular traffic, offering pedestrians a quiet walk along the Westchester Bluffs...
City adopts new contractor registration rules
The Daily News, TX  - Nov 26, 2007
Local fence contractor Billy Ray Wagner said the new rules were a double-edged sword. The registration fee is not an easy expense to absorb these days, but it's worth it to make the competition fair, he said...

DIY - Consumers

Fence buyers warned of beetle pest
ABC Online, Australia  - Nov 24, 2007
The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food has asked people who have purchased willow fencing screens to examine them for signs of beetle ...


Weird News

Cops: Man Tried to Have Sex With a Fence
FOX News  - Nov 22, 2007
LONDON - Police claim an intoxicated man tried to have sex with a park fence, the Telegraph reported. The 24-year-old allegedly made sexual motions toward a...

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