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Industry News

Transfer Technology International Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Patent Rights for Unique Wall System Fencing
The Associated Press  - Apr 28, 2008
TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Transfer Technology International Corp. (PINKSHEETS: TTIN) announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire the intellectual property rights involving a novel methodology for wall systems and fencing. This technology, which is trademarked under the Rhino Wall Systems name, Patent # 7,146,775B2 has a history of generating revenues and has been successfully used in the Tampa Bay market for several years ...
Optellios Completes Phase One of $2.7 Million Project to Secure
PR.com (press release), NY  - Apr 29, 2008
Langhorne, PA, April 29, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Optellios, Inc., a leading fiberoptic technology company and manufacturer of the FiberPatrol® line of intrusion detection and communication products, announced today that it has completed the first installation in a project to secure a public water ...
Examine the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in the Access Control Market with the Access Control Market Report 2008
BusinessWire  - Apr 23, 2008
DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c89626) has announced the addition of “Access Control Market Report 2008” to their offering. We estimate that the UK market for physical access control was worth £311m at current end-user prices in 2007, having increased in value by 7.2% on 2006. Our estimates include systems installation and maintenance as well as the cost of hardware and software....

Decking Industry News

Correct Building Products introduces CorrectPorch
Portsmouth Herald News, NH  - Apr 24, 2008
BIDDEFORD — Correct Building Products, LLC, maker of sustainable CorrectDeck and RapidRail outdoor building materials, is pleased to present its CorrectPorch, a high performance, low maintenance, tongue and groove outdoor floor board, to the market...
AERT Begins Production of New Product Line 'Organic Juniper ...
CNNMoney.com (press release)  - Apr 25, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark., April 22, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AERT) a leading manufacturer of green building materials, today announced it has initiated production of its latest composite decking product line, the Juniper Collection...

Building Industry News

Report: Spending slows on home remodeling
Bizjournals.com, NC  - Apr 23, 2008
Consumers are spending less to remodel their homes, according to a report issued Tuesday by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report says falling consumer confidence and a weakening economy are lead factors for the decrease...

DIY - Consumers

Deck materials have evolved dramatically
DetNews.com, MI  - Apr 25, 2008
Spring is here and deck displays are in bloom at lumberyards and home and garden shows all across America. It's amazing how fast the deck market is changing. When my last deck book, "Deck Care Fast & Easy: What to Do & What to Buy" (Master Handyman Press, $5) was published in 1998, the vast majority of decks were made from pressure-treated wood ...
For major projects, like a fence, get it in writing
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA  - Apr 25, 2008
Question: I recently had a new fence installed, and I am pretty unhappy about it. It is a red-cedar picket fence, and the wood quality looks terrible to me. The tops are ragged, and the flat surface of the pickets is rough and splintery, and, in some places, cracked or pocked. I used a local company recommended by a friend, and I paid a lot of money for it ...

Home Owner Associations

Mandeville must build fence, pay $5,000
Daily Camera, CO  - Apr 24, 2008
A judge on Monday ordered the city of Mandeville to build a fence and pay $5,000 in attorneys fees to residents of the upscale Fern Creek subdivision. The residents had sued the city, which owns a lot in the subdivision, alleging that it violated restrictive covenants by maintaining a road on the lot and removing an existing fence without approval from the homeowners association...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Virtual fence on Mexican border deemed insufficient
The Associated Press  - Apr 23, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The government is scrapping a $20 million prototype of its highly touted "virtual fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system is failing to adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings, officials said. ...
Its future uncertain, barrier on the border going up quickly
The Associated Press  - Apr 28, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. fence along the Mexican border is less a wall than a stuttering set of blockades: half barrier, half gaps. Americans are split pretty much the same way: ...
Fence in the works near local border crossing
Las Cruces Sun-News, NM  - Apr 27, 2008
EL PASO — Construction of new border fencing near Anapra and at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico has caught the attention of environmental and political opponents of the federal government's effort to build a border barrier aimed at stopping illegal immigration....

Fences in the Courts

West Linn woman sues over bat accident
KTVZ, OR  - Apr 25, 2008
WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) - A West Linn woman who was hit with a baseball bat in an accident and lost her eye is suing the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, Oregon School Activities Association, fence companies, an architect firm...


Paso plan includes 2 fences, 2 towers
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA  - Apr 27, 2008
Not reusing El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility for up to two adult prisons and an inmate-staffed fire camp would be a waste of taxpayer resources, retiring state prisons secretary James Tilton said Friday...
Adult prison would need razor wire, guard towers
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA  - Apr 27, 2008
Some of the changes that would need to be made to the boys school to turn it into a 900-inmate prison and 100- inmate fire camp: • Build two new fences and an exterior patrol road within the existing perimeter. The fences would not be electric, but one would be covered with razor wire and the other would have razor wire coils at the top...
Connell prison plan has security in mind
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA  - Apr 27, 2008
CONNELL -- About six months before the prison doors are locked, the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center expansion is coming into form as a seemingly secure place for holding Washington's felons. Two 12-foot-tall fences around the 55-acre area are menacing enough. And the gray color scheme outside the units is dreary as the concrete and steel accommodations inside ...

Schools and Fences

Fence approved for Mt. Diablo High School
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Apr 28, 2008
CONCORD — The Mt. Diablo school board has decided to encircle Mt. Diablo High School with a fence. City leaders had complained that truant students were causing trouble at Todos Santos Plaza. As part of a solution, the city offered nearly $44,000 to pay for gates and fencing to close the campus. The district would need to pay for maintenance or higher construction costs...

Community Issues

Fence cash could fund a homeless shelter
BCLocalNews, Canada  - Apr 27, 2008
Money the city of Port Coquitlam is considering spending on fences to keep homeless people out of public property could run a cold-weather shelter program for a year, says a Tri-City homeless advocate. Rob Thiessen, managing director of the Hope For Freedom Society, which helps homeless and drug addicted people find housing, said the $135,000 ...
Anti-suicide fence for car park’s roof
Essex Echo, UK  - Apr 23, 2008
FENCING has been put up around the top of the Victoria shopping centre car park to stop people trying to commit suicide. The new measure is part of the ...
Homes at risk with missing fencing
Keighley News, UK  - Apr 27, 2008
A MISSING fence in the Highfield area of Keighley is leaving nearby homes vulnerable to trespassers, burglars and anti-social behaviour, a resident has claimed. The man, who does not want to be named, lives in Highfield Road. ...
FayObserver.com, NC  - Apr 28, 2008
BIKERS say wire safety barriers on the new £35m A590 bypass should be replaced because they are dangerous. Even Barrow’s famous Hairy Biker Dave Myers wants the authorities to think again about Wire Rope Safety Fencing down the middle of the new High and Low Newton road . He says solid Armco barriers would be better for the new road, which was built after a 15-year campaign....

Fencing and Airports

City gets grant for airport fence
Webster Progress Times, MS  - Apr 27, 2008
Additional federal funds have been awarded to continue improvements at the Eupora Airport. Mississippi's two Republican senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced the grant Tuesday...

Fence Contractors in the News

It's My Job: Fence and deck builder
FayObserver.com, NC  - Apr 27, 2008
What he wears: To build fences and decks, he wears safety shoes, pants and a shirt. “And safety glasses when needed.” Typical day: “We typically start about 7 a.m. We get the truck loaded up with materials. And the type of materials depends on if we’re building a deck or a fence. And what kind of fence, whether it’s wooden, vinyl, aluminum or chain link.” Depending on the job, he sometimes set posts in concrete and has to wait two to three days to let it set....
Fire Burns Fence Company Building
My Fox Colorado.com, CO  - Apr 25, 2008
- A production yard for one of the area's biggest fence companies caught fire early Friday. The fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. near Iliff and Valentia in Aurora...

Pool Safety

Child, 3, found facedown in pool - Boy slipped away from party, unlatched gate on fence
FayObserver.com, NC  - Apr 28, 2008
Mecklenburg County's pool ordinance requires a barrier or fence around residential pools, but not a self-locking or alarmed gate. County leaders and other safety advocates recently launched a campaign to encourage pool owners to add other layers of protection beyond the required fence,...


Local Government Issues

Ticking time bomb for procurement offices?
Orlando Business Journal, FL (subscription required)  - Apr 25, 2008
Central Florida stands to lose a big chunk of its $4 billion modeling, simulation and training industry -- and up to 13,000 associated jobs. That's because the cash-strapped Florida Legislature may not pony up the $9.1 million needed to help Orlando's military procurement offices meet federally mandated "force protection" standards....
Fencing off the issue
Daily Camera, CO  - Apr 24, 2008
Good fences, apparently, do not make for happy neighbors in one Boulder community. Residents of the Vista Village mobile home park in northeast Boulder are up in arms about a small section of fence that managers at the complex installed late last week -- a move that has also caught the eye of city officials...
Couple ordered to remove park incursion
Vancouver Sun, Canada  - Apr 29, 2008
DISTRICT OF WEST VANCOUVER - A commercial real estate developer is in hot water with the district of West Vancouver for taking over a portion of a public park, including building a fence, installing a building and landscaping the area....
Fence fight brews in Boulder
Daily Camera, CO  - Apr 24, 2008
A land law that has caused a stir in one south Boulder neighborhood is working its way into another property dispute involving two north Boulder neighborhoods and a California businessman...
Park Department Fence Offers Aesthetics
Springdale Morning News, AR  - Apr 28, 2008
BENTONVILLE -- The city is keeping a careful eye on the look of John DeShields Boulevard and adjacent properties leading west to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. A new 1,013-foot fence around park maintenance buildings and storage area just south of the boulevard has a dual purpose ...


Sh700m fund planned for Aberdare fence project
Business Daily Africa, Kenya  - Apr 27, 2008
April 28, 2008: A Sh700 million endowment fund to support the maintenance of the Aberdare fence project will soon be set up. The money will be used to pay for the maintenance of the electric fence which will stretch over 400 kilometres when complete...

Weird News

Things that go boom in the night
Canoe, Canada - Apr 29, 2008
PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — It’s not just a bad dream or imaginations gone wild because police have captured the middle-of-the-night mystery on videotape — and they’re as baffled as everyone else...

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