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Blog -  Markup & Profit    10/8/07

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

ARE YOU DOING DONKEY WORK?      What is "Donkey" work? It is the time you spend chasing your tail, doing things that will not increase your bottom line, and in fact might cost you money. Not delegating is a major problem with most contractors that I've spoken to across the country...
Markup Blog

Industry News

SA, Austin firms collaborate on wireless security product
Bizjournals.com, NC  - Oct 5, 2007
San Antonio-based Armida Technologies is teaming up with an Austin-based company to combine technologies for a turnkey wireless access control product ...
Remote electic fence monitor under development
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand  - Oct 8, 2007
A new gadget being researched by scientists at Waikato University will help farmers keep an eye on electric fence units and monitor conditions at remote points of their farms ...

Decking Industry News

AERT Begins Production Using Latest Generation Extrusion Technology
Net Composites, UK  - Oct 1, 2007
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies has successfully begun production of its latest generation "two-up", multiple-profile composite extrusion machinery at the Company's Springdale South manufacturing facility...
Composite materials gaining ground
Orlando Sentinel, FL  - Oct 6, 2007
During the past few years, composite building materials such as roofing, siding and decking have evolved as popular alternatives for people wanting to reduce or eliminate maintenance problems associated with traditional wood building materials...

Building Industry News

Overall Construction Spending Edges Up Slightly in August
Building Online, CA  - Oct 5, 2007
Construction spending during August 2007 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,166.7 billion, 0.2 percent above the revised July estimate of $1,164.4 billion....

Local Government Issues

Chain links or slats?
Lathrop-Manteca Sun Post, CA  - Oct 5, 2007
Residents of a Lathrop neigborhood hope to convince the City Council to keep the 30-year-old chain-link fences around two storm drain basins on Cambridge Drive, including this one, instead of putting up slat-style fences...
Claremore considers ban on electric fences
KTEN, TX  - Oct 8, 2007
AP - October 8, 2007 7:55 AM ET CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - After a recent accidental electrocution in nearby Broken Arrow, the city of Claremore is considering ...
Board could put sting back in electric fencing
Monroe Times, WI  - Oct 5, 2007
ALBANY -- Members of the Albany Plan Commission are on the fence, so to speak. Five properties within the village limits are not in accordance with a village ordinance regarding prohibited fencing...

Community Issues

Neighbours take offence at 'monstrosity'
New Zealand Herald, NZ  - Oct 8, 2007
A style of fence in a rural subdivision on the North Shore has proved so controversial that the owner will camouflage it with dark green paint and shrubs....
Painted fence in Truro leads to hate crime complaint
Cape Cod Times, MA  - Oct 3, 2007
By Susan Milton NORTH TRURO - Does a painted fence in town represent a hate crime or a neighbor's protest? On Sunday, Jamaican workers for contractor John ...

DIY - Consumer

Fall, spring 'pretty good fence building times' at Farmer's Exchange
Elizabethton Star, TN  - Oct 8, 2007
Fall and spring are "pretty good fence building times, because the weather is a little cooler," said Billy Jack, who along with his father, M.L. Jack, own Farmer's Exchange...

USA Mexico Border Fence

A fence in the middle of nowhere
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX  - Oct 3, 2007
As a nation, we've been arguing for awhile about using a fence to secure the U.S.-Mexican border, but overheated rhetoric doesn't produce policy, nor have all those words produced a comma's worth of action to deter illegal immigration...
Border fence stirs wildlife worries
Arizona Republic, AZ  - Oct 5, 2007
Conservationists are railing against the federal government for approving a fence along Arizona's border that would cut through the San Pedro Riparian ...
Progress on fence, but barriers remain
East Valley Tribune, AZ  - Oct 8, 2007
Conservationists are railing against the federal government for approving a fence along Arizona's border that would cut through the San Pedro Riparian ...
Alternatives to fencing proposed
San Antonio Express, TX  - Oct 7, 2007
BROWNSVILLE - Leaders, trade associations and environmental groups in Texas border cities are scrambling for ways to stop, stall or at least alter the Homeland Security Department's plans for border fencing ...

Fences and Animals

Building the great wall of Eagle County
9NEWS.com, CO  - Oct 7, 2007
"One of the largest fence projects we've put together," said Moyer. The fence will stand 8 feet tall and is so big that some have dubbed it the great wall ...
'Fence' fund concert next week
Durham News, NC  - Oct 6, 2007
To date the coalition has freed 35 dogs by building 20 fences for area dogs and their guardians. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door...


Tall fence, barbwire stop jail escape
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Oct 5, 2007
By JOS BORJON, The Brownsville Herald A Cameron County inmate's attempt to escape from a county jail was thwarted Friday afternoon by an 8-foot fence ...

Community Fence Projects

NDSCS students help rebuild fence
Wahpeton Daily News, ND  - Oct 5, 2007
The park ordered 157 sheets of wood to reconstruct the fence and the group is four short of completing the project. "Other than that, we're almost done," ...
Schneider: Mt. Hope fence going to highest bidder
Lansing State Journal , MI  - Oct 6, 2007
In case you haven't noticed, the black fence that has - figuratively and literally - defined the cemetery at Mt. Hope and Aurelius roads since the 1880s is gone. Fans of the fence - yes, the fence had fans - want to know why it was taken down and what will happen to it...


Weird News

Mo. man faces jail for stealing doughnut
Canoe, Canada - Oct 7, 2007
FARMINGTON, Mo. - It's a hefty price for a pastry: A man accused of stealing a 52-cent doughnut could face up to 30 years in jail...

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