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Blog -  Markup & Profit    10/30/07

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

Getting Your Phone to Ring, Part 4      One of the things we've heard over and over again recently is, "We don't have any leads coming in. Our phones are dead!" When I ask how they spend their time, almost always their focus is on building jobs. When the market gets tough, your focus must be on sales....    Markup Blog

  Question of the Week 10/30/07

Controversial Fencing Projects
There is a story today about a privacy fence going up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California. The fence company putting up the fence is now the subject of a boycott. The politics aside, the question is; Do you, as a fence company worry about such repercussions on fencing jobs? Have you ever had to endure a backlash from a job you did?
Question of the Week Blog

Industry News

Westlake Chemical to Expand Vinyls Business
CNNMoney.com  - Oct 29, 2007
Westlake Chemical Corporation announced today it is enhancing the level of integration in its vinyls segment by expanding its chlor-alkali and PVC resin units and building a large diameter PVC pipe plant, all at the company's Calvert City, KY manufacturing complex ...
Expand Existing Physical Access Control Features at Low Cost
PR Web (press release), WA  - Oct 24, 2007
Common Credential Systems, a San Antonio technology company, offers a unique, patent-pending approach to Physical Access Control retrofit or upgrade called Common Pass™. ...
FENCETECH'08 and DECKTECH'08 Will Innovate, Educate, Motivate
AFA press release, IL - Oct 25, 2007
Beating the competition will be easier than ever for those who attend the upcoming side-by-side FENCETECH'08 and DECKTECH'08 trade shows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas February 5 - 7. ...

Decking Industry News

AERT Receives National Remodeling Show Award
PR-Inside.com  - Oct 25, 2007
AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components...
Trex Company Introduces Trex Trim™ Cellular PVC Trim
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Oct 26, 2007
Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP) is introducing Trex Trim™, the Company's latest innovation in low maintenance, wood replacement products designed for easy living...

Local Government Issues

Franklin exits get new fencing
Bowling Green Daily News, KY  - Oct 30, 2007
Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson is thrilled that his county will have aesthetically pleasing entrances off Interstate 65...
Fence around park to remain for year
Brockville Recorder and Times, Canada  - Oct 28, 2007
Among the 28 projects listed in the capital status report is the installation of fences and guardrails along the sidewalks approaching level railway ...
Fence for 'secret garden' too tall
Globe and Mail, Canada  - Oct 25, 2007
VICTORIA -- Winona Waldron is allowed to keep her egg-laying chickens in her inner city backyard (no roosters though, because of a noise bylaw), but the 1.83-metre-high fence that was put up in front of her house to stop drug users from throwing waste...

Community Issues

Ouyen saleyards fence plans angers neighbours
ABC Online, Australia  - Oct 28, 2007
The saleyards committee is erecting the two-metre high fence to improve security and comply with health and safety requirements...
City should require fencing of hazardous areas
Salem Statesman Journal, OR  - Oct 25, 2007
There is no fence to keep out the children who live in the apartment complex a few yards away. I see them playing in the mounds of debris and on the ...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Fences are blamed for lads deaths
The Sun, UK  - Oct 28, 2007
Last night it was revealed fences around the motorway may have been removed or vandalised. A Cheshire police spokesman said: "Fencing will be one of the lines of inquiry." Kieran's dad Colin Lambert, 31, has blamed a lack of fencing and signs...
Leicester Mercury, UK  - Oct 27, 2007
Scrap metal thieves have been accused of putting lives in danger after they stole a 150ft length of safety fencing from beside a river...

USA Canada Border Fence

US official says idea of security fence at Canadian border isn't dead
The Canadian Press, Canada  - Oct 26, 2007
Border Patrol officials said this style of fencing has been used in other locations, including Douglas and Sasabe, Ariz., and Calexico, Calif ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Hearing Reveals Possible Oversale of Border Fence
Port Security News (subscription), DC  - Oct 29, 2007
Gregory Giddens, executive director of the SBInet program, which is intended to use technology, personnel, fencing and other physical barriers to control ...
Border fence gets array of critics
Boston Globe, MA  - Oct 29, 2007
FRONTON, Texas - Betty Perez and John Odgers typically don't share the same canoe - or much else. She's an earth mother-type who used to buy health food for an Austin cooperative and now cultivates native plants. ...
Task force seeks alternative to border fence
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Oct 29, 2007
State Rep. Rene Oliveira was born and raised in Brownsville, and never in his life did he think there would be a need to build a wall between the United States and Mexico...
At New Mexico's Border with Old Mexico, Low-Tech Still Trumps High ...
Government Technology, CA  - Oct 29, 2007
Taking the low-tech approach, the Border Patrol this year erected three miles of fencing around Columbus, where a 1916 raid by Pancho Villa killed 18 ...
El Paso sector may see a sturdier fence built on border
Las Cruces Sun-News, NM  - Oct 29, 2007
Border Patrol officials said this style of fencing has been used in other locations, including Douglas and Sasabe, Ariz., and Calexico, Calif ...
Fence tailored to border needs
Tucson Citizen, AZ  - Oct 27, 2007
The hilly land outside Nogales once was sliced only by three strands of barbed wire that marked the northern border of Mexico and the southern border of the United States....

USA Mexico Border Fence - Chinese Steel

Using Chinese steel in fence not smart
GoErie.com, PA  - Oct 25, 2007
"It was certainly our intention to build the Mexican border fence with American products, not to build a new Great Wall of China."...

Fencing and Railroads

Fences are political insurance policy
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX  - Oct 29, 2007
You think you know about this already. The government wants to put up miles of fencing to prevent people from making a dangerous crossing. The fencing is an expensive undertaking, one that at least some people believe will make little difference. And opponents say would send the wrong message...
Fence for Dubbo bridge to stop rock attacks
ABC Regional Online, Australia  - Oct 29, 2007
Rail maintenance crews will start erecting a security fence on a Dubbo railway bridge in an effort to prevent rock attacks on motorists...
Riviera Beach erects fence where train killed girl
Palm Beach Post, FL  - Oct 26, 2007
RIVIERA BEACH - Valencia Nelson died on the shortcut to her cousin's house. But the trek over train tracks is now blocked by a fence with a sign: Do not cross the tracks...


Schools and Fences

School Puts Up Protective Fence
WESH.com, FL  - Oct 29, 2007
A local school district is putting up fences to protect students from wandering away from a playground. Fences started going up at Wilson Elementary School ...
Wandering boy shows gaps in Seminole schools' fences
Orlando Sentinel, FL  - Oct 26, 2007
SANFORD - Gaps in playground fencing at Seminole County elementary schools may quickly get patched after an autistic child wandered away from Wilson ...
Orange Fence Returns to WC In Time for Halloween
Washington College Elm, MD  - Oct 26, 2007
An Orange Fence party is returning to WC after a year hiatus in hopes of bringing liveliness to campus and allowing students to come together ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Planned Parenthood clinic's fence a flashpoint
Sacramento Bee, CA  - Oct 25, 2007
Along the edge of the parking lot at Planned Parenthood's B Street clinic, a red cedar fence is taking shape...
Demonstrators Picket Sacramento Abortion Clinic
CBS 13, CA  - Oct 25, 2007
But according to the Sacramento Bee, the organization isn't going after the clinic, but the company which is building the fence, River City Fence Company...
Armor Fence Inc. opens in Sarasota
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL  - Oct 29, 2007
Armor Fence Inc. Bill Clark, David Walker and David Clark have opened Armor Fence Inc. at 6244 Clark Center Ave., in Sarasota...

Fencing and Airports

Snow fence may help appease airport neighbors
MLive.com, MI  - Oct 26, 2007
Muskegon County Airport officials have agreed to install a 3000-foot snow fence to ease neighbors' concerns about the facility's expansion...
MP's airfield fence fears
Croydon Guardian, UK  - Oct 25, 2007
The planning committee turned down the MoD's application in June for a perimeter fence to stop walkers straying on to the airfield, which is used daily by ...
Keokuk airport fence project begins
Keokuk Gate City Daily, IA  - Oct 25, 2007
The fencing will have two-foot skirting below ground and three strands of barbed wire on top to help keep wildlife away from the runways and planes. D&N Fence Co. of Cedar Rapids is the general contractor for the project partially financed by the Federal Aviation Administration...

Fencing and Politics

Hoekstra campaigns against turtle fence
MLive.com, MI  - Oct 25, 2007
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) began work last week to install the $318000 fence, which will extend just less than two miles from the ...
Governor responds to turtle fence criticisms
WZZM, MI  - Oct 25, 2007
Lansing - Governor Jennifer Granholm responded quickly and strongly to U.S. Representative Peter Hoekstra's letter criticizing the state for spending $318,000 to build a fence along ...
How lowly turtles became Lansing's latest red herring
Detroit Free Press, MI  - Oct 28, 2007
But the real reason the faux fence controversy is so irresistible is that making fun of turtles is an excellent way to avoid talking about tough choices ...

Pool Safety

Planning a pool? Think again
TV3 News, New Zealand  - Oct 27, 2007
As the weather gets warmer New Zealanders might be tempted to get a swimming pool. But if you were thinking a cheap inflatable pool could be the answer, you might want to think again....


Defense Focus: Israel's fence -- Part 4
WESH.com, FL  - Oct 29, 2007
JERUSALEM, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Israeli government succinctly defines its controversial barrier, or security fence, on its official Web site as "an intrusion-detection fence, in the center, with sensors to warn of any intrusion." ...


Weird News

Dog shoots hunter
Ananova, UK - Oct 30, 2007
A man out hunting in Iowa was shot in the leg - by a dog. The accident happened after James Harris, 37, put his gun on the ground to retrieve a fallen pheasant, reports the BBC. ...

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