Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe December 16, 2008  
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Industry News

Canine Kingdom Approves Coyote Roller®
PR Urgent  - Dec 13, 2008
Canine Kingdom, a watchdog group dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and their parents, has awarded the Canine Kingdom Seal of Approval to Coyote Roller®. The Coyote Rolleris a fencing product that keeps dogs in their yards and predators away...
Press Release  - Dec 12, 2008
Chamberlain® Professional Products, the single source provider for secure, convenient, quality and stylish products for every access point, is proud to announce that the entire line of LiftMaster® residential garage door openers and commercial door operators, as well as LiftMaster and Elite brand gate operators ...
Press Release  - Dec 12, 2008
Chamberlain® Professional Products, the single source provider for secure, convenient, quality and stylish products for every acces point, has enhanced its shipping cartons for Elite® Model CSW swing gate operators and LiftMaster® Model SL slide gate operators...
Grange Fencing have agreed to acquire the business and assets of Weston Fencing at Crediton, in Devon for an undisclosed sum
Builders Merchants Journal, UK  - Dec 16, 2008
The acquisition includes the goodwill and order book of Weston Fencing and it is hoped to have the deal finalised by January. Grange's Managing Director Duncan Hill said: "We are very pleased to be acquiring a well known and well respected fence manufacturer...

Decking Industry News

TimberTech® Introduces First Deck Lighting System Designed by Deck Experts
Press Release, OH  - Dec 15, 2008
Wilmington, Ohio – December 15, 2008 – Just because the sun has gone down, doesn’t mean the family fun has to end. TimberTech, a leading manufacturer of decking, railing and fencing products, has introduced DeckLites, an extensive line of deck lighting solutions...
Bristol Valley Hardwoods Offers Aurora® Deck Lighting with Environmentally Friendly Solar Lights and LED Lights as a Complement to Ipe Decks
PR Web (press release), WA  - Dec 12, 2008
Bristol Valley Hardwoods announces the addition of Aurora® Deck Lighting, a deck lighting line that includes the use of environmentally friendly solar lights and LED lights to impact outdoor living and create an extraordinary deck experience. The Aurora® Deck Lighting line is available for sale ..
DIY kiosk software enables 3-D deck design
Kiosk marketplace.com (press release), KY  - Dec 12, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- DIY Technologies, a custom software development company that actively targets the do-it-yourself home-construction/home-maintenance industry, has announced the release of 3-D Visualizer, its latest Web-based 3-D deck designer and visualization tool. ..
Green Deck Materials
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com, NY  - Dec 12, 2008
The thin plastic grocery bags that are blowing about in the wind on Staten Island are the same type being recycled into quality home products. At least one eco-friendly use for them is in composite decking, railing and fencing materials...
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. announces ruling of the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing approving use of Millennium Decking System
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada  - Dec 11, 2008
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: WCT)(the "Company") is pleased to announce that Millennium Decking Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, has received a ruling of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for the Province of Ontario for its product...

Association News

Get a free lunch at FENCETECH and help improve the market for vinyl
Press Release  - Nov 18, 2008
Companies that fabricate and install vinyl products with representatives in attendance FENCETECH'09 are invited to a free lunch! AFA’s Division, the Vinyl Fence, Deck and Railing Manufacturers Association, is picking up the lunch tab on Thursday, January 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p....
Grow and learn at Deck & Railing University
Press Release  - Dec 5, 2008
Are you in the deck and railing business or considering entering it? Want to learn from the experts to be sure you are building safe decks and heeding the relevant standards and codes? If so, put Deck and Railing University on your calenda...

Fence Contractors in the News

Fencing firm facing seven fraud charges
Edmonton Sun, Canada  - Dec 13, 2008
The province is warning consumers after a construction company was charged this week for not doing the work it was paid to do. Service Alberta says Perimeter Fencing and Decks Ltd. owner Scott McAra is facing 23 charges in Sherwood Park and four in Edmonton...
CN awards outstanding Indian-owned businesses
Cherokee Phoenix, OK  - Dec 9, 2008
Steven Springwater of Springwater Fence Company received the Indian Construction Business of the Year Award. The Park Hill, Okla., company currently employs ...
Sebastian Clambake puts HALO on gift list
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL  - Dec 12, 2008
SEBASTIAN — While seafood lovers were devouring clams in November at the Sebastian Clambake festival, they were also contributing to a good cause. Professional Animal World's Helping Animals Love and Overcome program started fencing a dog park for shelter animals this week ...
Sun King Fencing Launches a New Website for Those Needing Fencing Or Enclosure Work on Their Home or Business
PR Web (press release), WA  - Dec 15, 2008
Sun King Fencing has been a leading Phoenix-area installer of decorative and security fences and gates since 2002, and the company's new website, sunkingfencing.com, offers potential customers a chance to browse products and have all of their fencing questions answered. ...

Local Government Issues

County won't fence off unofficial park, for now
Salt Lake Tribune, UT  - Dec 9, 2008
Layton residents won't have to worry about Davis County fencing off the roughly 20 acres they consider a "park" -- at least for a few months. The county had signed a nearly $80,000 contract with Custom Fence Company ...
Box Elder fencing ordinance stands
StandardNet, Utah  - Dec 11, 2008
BRIGHAM CITY -- Box Elder County will remain a fence-out county -- for now, at least. County commissioners tabled the repeal of the current fencing ordinance, which says those who want to keep livestock off property must fence the animals out...
Renovation to Rivermont Avenue bridge to include fencing
Lynchburg News and Advance, VA  - Dec 13, 2008
A major renovation to the Rivermont Avenue bridge will include a safety fence more than six feet high designed in part to deter future ...


Community Issues

Put fence at Haas Building
Press-Register - al.com, AL  - Dec 11, 2008
GOOD FENCES make good neighbors, and the neighbors around the Bay Haas Building deserve one. The building on Government Street houses state probation and parole offices as well as the child support court...
Redfern Oval Upgrade, Gates and Fencing
PR.com (press release), NY  - Dec 13, 2008
Sydney, Australia, December 13, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Much was learnt on the job as it was a unique design to use flat bar in gates and fencing where steel RHS is the norm. The amount of raked fencing to follow the ground contour was ...
Violence erupts after heirs fence public road
News Today Online, Philippines  - Dec 12, 2008
Officials and members of a prominent family in Passi City are set to try to reach a deal today regarding their dispute involving a major street. This after unidentified persons erected a bamboo fence closing ...
Is picking on chain-link fences on Mayport Road too picky?
Florida Times-Union, FL  - Dec 15, 2008
Not really. Yes some business owners feel they're being picked on by Atlantic Beach city leaders because they want them to get rid of their chain-link fences that face Mayport Road. For many roadways and streets, this might seem pretty petty...

Home Owner Associations

Homeowner feels fenced in by board decision
News-Press, FL  - Dec 14, 2008
My HOA board consists of five members. Two of them have repeatedly made decisions without input from other board members or residents. To give you an example, they recently decided, and went under contract, with a contractor to install a PVC fence in place of our wooden fence ..

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border fence helps boost security
Las Cruces Sun-News, NM  - Dec 15, 2008
SUNLAND PARK — Just west of here, panels of thick-gauged wire mesh, secured to heavy posts, shoot 18 feet into the air, paralleling the international border and forming a barrier that has prompted plenty of controversy...
Texas county files appeal to stop border fence
The Associated Press  - Dec 10, 2008
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas county filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court this week in the latest bid to stop construction of hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. ...

Fencing and Airports

LAX fence-building contract is awarded
Daily Breeze, CA  - Dec 16, 2008
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Monday awarded a $13 million contract to build about 2.2 miles of fence partially surrounding Los Angeles International Airport...
Tindal airstrip wallaby fence facing delays
ABC Online, Australia  - Dec 13, 2008
The Defence Department says delays in building a wallaby-proof fence at the Tindal airstrip near Katherine means it cannot say definitively when the project will be finished...
DOT Puts Up Snow Fence Near I-390 & Airport
WROC-TV, NY  - Dec 13, 2008
The NYS Department of Transportation has put up an orange snow fence along I-390 near the airport. It's all part of an effort to avoid car accidents in that ...

Pool Safety

Public pool security fences may be illegal
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand  - Dec 15, 2008
High barbed wire-topped security fences will have to be replaced by childproof fences at some Hastings public swimming pools after a warning from the crown solicitor that the fences are illegal...
New pool fencing laws could cost owners thousands of dollars
Where I Live - News Limited Community Newspapers, Australia  - Dec 16, 2008
Pool owners could be up for thousands of dollars to upgrade their pool fencing if the Premier lives up to her promise to have the world’s best pool fencing laws. ...

Fences in the Courts

Fence case adds twist to legal wrangling
Staunton News Leader, VA  - Dec 12, 2008
STAUNTON — Thursday night, City Council sent the latest chapter in the dispute between the city and the Board of Zoning Appeals back to court, but decided to consider changes that could reduce the number of fence complaints that reach the zoning board...

Fences and Animals

Fences go up as rare shorebirds settle in
Nowra South Coast Register, Australia  - Dec 15, 2008
THEY’RE back and they’re breeding - 37 pairs of little terns have active nests on the banks of Lake Wollumboola. Two chicks have been born so far, signalling the beginning of the danger period as dogs and foxes zero in on the nests...
Group advocates for dogs without chains
Nowra South Coast Register, Australia  - Dec 15, 2008
ASHEVILLE – A group of dog advocates is trying to break chains and build fences at the same time. The organization ChainFree Asheville is lobbying the city to ban the practice of keeping dogs on chains...

DIY - Consumers

A Wood Fence Worthy of Compliment
Washington Post, DC  - Dec 13, 2008
Wood fencing is my next project. My wife loves wood fences, and I feel they are attractive. What do I need to know to ensure this project is a success? What is a good wood fence post? Should I pre-build fence panels or construct the fence in place...
Check out restrictions when building fence
The News-Press, FL  - Dec 12 , 2008
Have an old fence that is in need of repairs? If so, now may be a good time to consider replacing it as there is something for everyone. If it's a small repair job, you might be able to do it yourself. If you're not handy with a hammer, there are weekly classes on various home ...


Weird News

Navy declares war on bird droppings
Canoe, Canada  - Dec 12, 2008
HALIFAX, N.S. - Military officials in Halifax have declared war on bird poop. The Defence Department says a licensed falconer and his raptor have been hired to "harass"...

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