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Wood-Plastic and Natural Fiber Composites 2007      I was invited to go to the Wood-Plastic and Natural Fiber Composites 2007 Conference, put on by Princpia Partners, in Baltimore last Tuesday (10/9/07). It was a great conference that addressed where the world of composites are going and specifically what the future of composites in the fence industry might hold Blog

Industry News

Linear buys International Electronics Inc. (IEI)
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Oct 9, 2007
The Home Technology Group of Nortek, Inc., a group of home and commercial convenience and security electronics companies led by Linear LLC, a wholly-owned ...
Privaris Announces Gate Access Solution Enabling "Fast Lane" Biometric Identity Verification at Vehicle Gates
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Oct 15, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Answering the demand for a secure gate access solution that will alleviate long traffic back-ups and wasted resources, Privaris, a leading provider of personal, wireless identity verification solutions, today announced a new version of its plusID identity verification ...
U.S. Army installations in Hawaii implement RAPIDGate® Program for access control
SecureIDNews (press release), FL  - Oct 9, 2007
Eid Passport® is implementing its RAPIDGate® Program at U.S. Army installations in Hawaii to improve physical security and gate efficiency. The voluntary program helps streamline access control procedures for authorized...
Reconciling Gate Access Security and Efficiency with a Biometrics-Based Fast Lane
TMCnet  - Oct 15, 2007
Presenting identification to gain access to a building or board a flight is commonplace in this day and age. And it's no different in the transportation industry, where precious cargo is being picked up and delivered to sea ports,...

Decking Industry News

Fiber Composites buys WeatherBest business
Bizjournals.com, NC  - Oct 11, 2007
Fiber Composites has completed its purchase of the WeatherBest composite decking and railing business from Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Fiber Composites is based ...
Trex Company Pitches in to Help
Businesswire  - Oct 11, 2007
Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TWP), the alternative decking category leader, announced today new social and environmental responsibility initiatives to help rebuild New Orleans with donations of time and decking products for community venues that mark the city?s cultural, seaside and fishing heritage...
Britons no longer keen on decking
Home Move, UK  - Oct 15, 2007
It used to be the fashionable feature that could transform a garden into an addition of the living room but decking is no longer considered trendy. Sales have fallen 59% over the last 12 months with experts giving many reasons such as the damp summer or that it is simply not fashionable anymore...

DIY Consumer

Tool tips: To do or not to do-it-yourself?
MSNBC  - Oct 10, 2007
Building a deck. Outdoor living is the best way to utilize space you already own, and industry studies have shown that more than 6 million outdoor decks get built every year in the U.S. Some things to consider: To build a deck in most communities, you will need a plan or sketch, as most cities and villages will require a building permit...

Fencing and Railroads

Security fence now blocks train tracks
Connecticut Post, CT  - Oct 9, 2007
A fence has been put up along Seymour Street to discourage people from crossing the tracks. STRATFORD - The state has completed construction of an 8-foot ...

Schools and Fences

Hastings middle school discusses property fence'
KHAS-TV, NE  - Oct 15, 2007
Bensel It is a decision the Hastings School board now faces: whether or not to put a fence around the new middle school....

Local Government Issues

Claremore pulls plug on electric-fence ban
Tulsa World, OK  - Oct 13, 2007
CLAREMORE -- The city has postponed indefinitely any discussion on an ordinance that would ban electric fences within the city limits, Mayor Brant Shallenburger said. ...
Cayuga Heights holds hearing on fence height at 7 pm today
Ithaca Journal, NY  - Oct 15, 2007
The Village of Cayuga Heights is considering changes to zoning rules to allow higher fences. Residents' concerns about keeping deer out of their yards ...
Whittier council raises fence height for homeowners along Greenway
Whittier Daily News, CA  - Oct 11, 2007
WHITTIER - The City Council has agreed to allow homeowners along the Greenway Trail taller fences as a way of providing more privacy and making up for the ...
Residents take fence fight to city
Waterloo Record, Canada  - Oct 12, 2007
Now, to comply with the bylaw, the family would have to lower the fence by a foot and set it back five feet. Noccetti said this would mean hiring a fencing ...

Fence Hazards

Apartments Burn; Fences Keep Firefighters Out
WSBtv.com, GA  - Oct 16, 2007
FOREST PARK, Ga. -- Security gates slowed down Clayton County firefighters rushing to a three alarm apartment fire late Monday night....
Privacy fence has this woman scared
WTOL, OH  - Oct 9, 2007
A privacy fence is obstructing her view, creating a blind spot. So, she contacted Call 11 for Action problem solver Mika Highsmith for help...

Community Issues

Smithsonian asks Bureau County to check its fences
LaSalle News Tribune, IL  - Oct 11, 2007
Fences - whether formed by ornate wrought iron or stark concrete walls, sun-bleached split-rail, or crooked hedge post haphazardly strung with barbed wire...
Dangerous dispute woman feeling fenced in Does fence block access?
The Free Lance-Star, VA  - Oct 16, 2007
After Payne put up a wooden fence separating the driveway from his property, O'Dell accused him of narrowing it and blocking fire-and-rescue access to her home. Payne, a veteran fireman, said the fence is simply a border, and leaves plenty of room for a fire truck or emergency vehicle...
Possible fence aims to push panhandlers out of Glenwood intersections
KVAL, OR  - Oct 10, 2007
GLENWOOD - There's a saying that good fences make good neighbors and now, that could be the solution to curbing aggressive panhandlers in the Glenwood area. Many of these panhandlers live under the bridges heading into Springfield but this is ODOT property and they say it's time to draw the line...
Fence erected on vacant lot to keep out clinic protesters
Aurora Beacon News, IL  - Oct 11, 2007
That's when workers began erecting a large chain-link fence, weighted down with sandbags and sporting several "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Texan mayors threaten court to stop border fence
Reuters  - Oct 12, 2007
Six mayors fear the planned fence, part of Washington's crackdown on illegal immigration, will hurt trade, split closely knit Mexican-Texan communities on ...
Chertoff defends building border fences
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - Oct 12, 2007
WASHINGTON - Threats to animals and the environment from border fencing must be weighed against dangers that exist where there is no fence, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday ...
Federal injunction placed on border fence construction in San Deigo
Bizjournals.com, NC  - Oct 11, 2007
A federal court judge in Washington has stopped construction of security fencing along a portion of the Arizona-Mexico border. US District Court Judge Ellen ...
Residents: International Law Prevents Building of Border Fence
KRGV, TX  - Oct 15, 2007
Petitioners cite 200-year-old Spanish land grants GRANJENO - Granjeno residents are trying to use an international law, dating back to the 1700s, to stop the border wall from being built in their city...

Community Fence Projects

Building fences with YFC
Cumberland News, UK  - Oct 12, 2007
THE county final of Cumbria YFC fence erecting competition was held at Yanwath Woodhouse Farm with teams from around the county ...
Fence receives much needed improvements
Community Press, KY  - Oct 9, 2007
COM COVINGTON - Several coats of red paint and some carpentry know-how has helped transform the often used fence outside Rev. Charles Fann's home ...


Prison board approves emergency construction at county prison
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA  - Oct 13, 2007
...The board declared a state of emergency at the prison, which will allow officials to award a no-bid contract to construct the fencing. The additional fencing will allow the prison to place minimal offender inmates in the work release center, freeing up about 35 beds......

Fences and Animals

Researchers call for toad-proof fences to protect WA
ABC Online, Australia  - Oct 9, 2007
Researchers are calling for toad-proof fencing to be urgently erected near the Northern Territory and Western Australia border. Cane toads are within 100 ...


Weird News

Woman pleads guilty to posting malicious Craigslist ad
Canoe, Canada - Oct 15, 2007
TACOMA, Wash. - A woman accused of placing an online ad that led to her aunt's vacant house being ransacked pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to three months of home detention...

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