Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe October 23, 2007  
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Industry News

Company Press Release, IL  - Oct 22, 2007
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. announced today that it has acquired PTI Integrated Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, as part of its ongoing growth plans in the integrated access control industry. The announcement was made by Chamberlain Chief Executive Officer, J. David Rolls. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed....
Additional government funding in access control could benefit security startups
SecureIDNews (press release), FL  - Oct 22, 2007
Security startups in the areas of smart cards, biometrics, and RFID could benefit from recent reports that the U.S. government plans to spend $345 million next year in upgrading secure access to federal facilities ...
Door Access Controller accepts up to 20000 cards
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY  - Oct 17, 2007
October 17, 2007 - With ability to support all access control functions for 1 or 2 doors, Super-Two distributed processor-based controller operates as ...
Laid-off Maine Fence workers eligible for aid
Mainebiz Daily  - Oct 18, 2007
Maine Fence employees who recently lost their jobs will receive help from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced yesterday...
Don't fence me in: recycled plastic fence posts open new boundaries
ABC Regional Online, Australia  - Oct 18, 2007
If you were listening to 666 ABC Canberra's Drive program last week, you would have heard a story about how mobiles are crushed up into components and recycled. Did you happen to wonder how the plastic - a notoriously difficult material - was recycled?...

Decking Industry News

US Demand for Composite and Plastic Lumber to Reach $5.5 Billion in 2011
The Earthtimes, UK  - Oct 22, 2007
CLEVELAND, OH -- 10/22/07 -- Demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is projected to advance 10 percent per year through 2011 to $5.5 billion. These alternative lumber materials are expected to continue to penetrate the building materials market ...

Building Industry News

Housing Starts Decline 10.2 Percent in September As Permits Also Fall
Building Online, CA  - Oct 18, 2007
Housing starts in the U.S. fell 10.2 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,191,000, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Single-family housing starts for the period declined at a more modest rate of 1.7 percent, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 963,000 ...

USA Mexico Border - Made in China

Border fence: Made in China?
MSNBC - Oct 18, 2007
Leading members of the Congressional Steel Caucus have revealed that Chinese-made pipe and tube are being used to construct the congressionally mandated fence along the border with Mexico. They are demanding that something be done to ensure that American made products are used instead...
Steel pipe for a US-Mexico border fence should come from US mills ...
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com, PA  - Oct 23, 2007
Put this down as a classic case of bureaucratic stupidity: The Department of Homeland Security's use of Chinese-made steel pipe in constructing the 854-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. ...
Local man blows the whistle on pipe used in border fence
Sharon Herald, PA  - Oct 18, 2007
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress' steel caucus said they were alarmed to learn that pipes made in China have been used in the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Rep. Phil English, R-Pa., said Thursday at a Capitol Hill news conference that he found out about it when he was given a photo apparently taken in San Luis, Ariz....

USA Mexico Border Fence

Environmental Laws Waived to Press Work on Border Fence
NY Times, NY - Oct 23, 2007
By JULIA PRESTON Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, waived several environmental laws yesterday to continue building a border fence through ...
Low-tech fence cuts down on problems
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Oct 22, 2007
COLUMBUS, NM -- Taking the low-tech approach, the Border Patrol erected three miles of fencing this year around Columbus, where a 1916 raid by Pancho Villa ...
Fence helps protect crops, property
Detroit Free Press, - Oct 21, 2007
OUTSIDE COLUMBUS, N.M. -- James Johnson's family has farmed and ranched along the U.S.-Mexico border since 1918. He speaks fluent Spanish and says he's sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants and to growers in the United States who hire them...
Barrier along NM ranch still under debate
El Paso Times, TX - Oct 21, 2007
IBWC officials said they didn't know the cost, but Homeland Security officials have said they spend about $3 million a mile on fencing projects ...
Don't fence them in
Los Angeles Times, CA - Oct 17, 2007
I STOOD ON THE cottonwood-lined banks of the San Pedro River in Arizona recently and watched it flow freely under a "water gap" fence -- two strands of barbed wire and two of wound cable. Those four strands, which mark the line between Mexico and the United States of America at the edge of the San Pedro Riparian ...
Fence technology: Iron out computer kinks
El Paso Times, TX  - Oct 22, 2007
While low-tech border fencing is going up -- a physical wall -- it's discouraging to learn that technical problems are slowing the kind of fence we prefer...

Local Government Issues

Central Park Fenced For Mill Creek Project
TurnTo23.com, CA  - Oct 22, 2007
A local fencing company put up fence posts last week surrounding Central Park. All homeless left the area Monday morning as the same company began putting ...
MoDOT plans to build fence alongside U.S. 63 south of Columbia
Columbia Missourian, MO - Oct 18, 2007
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission decided to build a fence along the east side of U.S. 63 to discourage foot traffic along a path that leads from a mobile home park to a convenience store on the west side of the highway ...
Lower fence or lose it, council tells homeowner
Times Colonist, Canada  - Oct 19, 2007
A Wilson Street homeowner has been given 60 days to lower a fence she says she needs to keep her children safe. Victoria council members yesterday told Winona Waldron that she can add ...

Fencing & Neighbors

Neighbors Teed Off about Proposed Golf Course Fence
WKYC-TV, OH  - Oct 19, 2007
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS -- They say good fences make good neighbors. But in Highland Heights, a proposed fence is creating disharmony among some neighbors of a golf course there. ...
Fence is offensive, neighbors say
The Villager, NY  - Oct 19, 2007
Lois Slessinger and the E. Fourth St. Block Association are up in arms because P.S. 751 began work on a 10-foot locked fence around the schoolyard, despite their protests. Slessinger first found out about the proposed fence when she overheard a school official telling the plan to a reporter from this newspaper a few weeks ago...

Community Issues

Fences stolen from outside pub
expressandstar.com, UK  - Oct 19, 2007
The 180-year-old pub's car park had been blocked off by steel fence panels in a bid to stop fly-tippers dumping rubbish in the grounds or breaking into the ...
No sitting on the fence in gate row
Reading Evening Post, UK  - Oct 19, 2007
PLANS to fence off and put a gate on a Woodley path used as a short cut to school and the doctors' surgery have split opinion among people in the town...
Littleton Close fence looks set to come down
Kenilworth Weekly News, UK - Oct 19, 2007
A Kenilworth man could be forced to pull down a fence at his Littleton Close home if a further appeal is rejected. Matthew Fleming is appealing against Warwick District Council's decision to refuse retrospective planning permission of a fence outside his home...
Gates and fences to keep thugs out
Wirral Globe, UK - Oct 19, 2007
NEW £25,000 gates could put a stop to crowds of youths gathering and causing a nuisance outside homes in New Brighton. Ward councillor Pat Hackett said that gangs of more than 50 teenagers have had to be moved ...

Fences and Animals

Fencing erected after 400 caribou drown
Nunatsiaq News, Canada  - Oct 18, 2007
The bloated carcasses of about 400 caribou were discovered last Wednesday, heaped against the rocks beneath Limestone Falls, 100 km south of Kuujjuaq. The sight brought back memories of 1984, when swift currents carried 10,000 caribou from the same spot in the Caniapiscau ...
M-DOT to build fence on US-31 to protect turtles
WZZM, MI - Oct 16, 2007
MUSKEGON - M-DOT begins work on a new fence along US-31 in Muskegon this week. It will run along both sides of the freeway from the westbound business route ...
Hoekstra: Turtle fences poor use of federal funds
MLive.com, MI - Oct 18, 2007
Installation of two turtle-protecting fences along U.S. 31 in Muskegon is causing a rift between the state's transportation department and a U.S. congressman. Michigan Department of Transportation officials call the fences, which are designed to halt the road-kill deaths ...
Fence is meant to save panthers not contain them
Naples Daily News, FL  - Oct 21, 2007
The last steps many Florida panthers take are out of the wilderness and onto pavement. It could take only seconds for a panther to cross a rural road but too often it's not quick enough. ...
Rare wild lions electrocuted by farmer's fence in India
Winston-Salem Journal, NC  - Oct 19, 2007
Pradeep Khanna, Gujarat state's chief wildlife warden, said that the lions were killed by an electrified fence that he said was put up illegally by a farmer ...


Schools and Fences

New fence has school on defense
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - Oct 18, 2007
It is said that good fences make good neighbors. Do they also make good schools? Coral Gables Elementary is about to build a fence around its perimeter to make the campus safer, proponents say...
Hastings middle school discusses property fence
KHAS-TV, NE  - Oct 15, 2007
) By Ginger ten Bensel It is a decision the Hastings School board now faces: whether or not to put a fence around the new middle school....

Fence Contractors in the News

3 men repairing fence struck by car on side of highway
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - Oct 22, 2007
PASADENA - Three men repairing a fence beside the 134 Freeway were hospitalized Thursday after being struck by a car that drove off the road, officials said...
Candidates profit from city work
New Britain Herald, CT  - Oct 18, 2007
Willie Pabon, owner of New Britain Fence Co., which brought in $198,000 in the same period. -- Alderman Mark Bernacki owns Sir Speedy Printing, to which the city has paid $76,000 for costs associated with business cards, leaflets, stationery and other items in the same period...

Fences in the Courts

Legal battle looms as landowner starts fencing reserve
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Oct 18, 2007
A legal battle is looming in South Wairarapa, as town leaders seek advice over a resident's move to fence off a reserve which gives public access to a freedom camping ground ...

Fence Exhibit/History

Glidden's barbed wire changed U.S. landscape
Canton Repository (subscription), OH  - Oct 23, 2007
There is an old adage that says, "Change begins at the ballot box," which could not be further from the truth. Change begins with human ingenuity, which affects how we live our lives, which - at some future point - affects how we vote...
Stone fence exhibit
Modesto Bee, CA  - Oct 19, 2007
Stone fences and corrals scattered throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills are the subject of "Stone Fences and Corrals in the South Central Sierra Nevada Foothills: A Living History," a new exhibit opening Saturday at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum...


Weird News

U.S. ambassador notes dog 'frisked' at airport
Canoe, Canada - Oct 22, 2007
HALIFAX - U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins admits border security can get a little tight at times, even for his tiny dog. ...

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