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Industry News

Encon hosts regional testing for Gate operator Installation Certification
Press Release  - Dec 8, 2008
Saturday, February 28, 2009 leading gate, door and operator distributor, Encon Electronics will be one of the first companies to administer the new gate operator installation certification exam. ...
Integrated Security Systems, Inc. Announces B&B ARMR Corporation to Ship High Security Bollards to Leading Biomedical & Research Facility
MarketWatch  - Dec 3, 2008
CARROLLTON, Texas, Dec 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- B&B ARMR Corporation, a subsidiary of Integrated Security Systems, Inc., announced today that they have shipped a significant order of B-30 high security hydraulic bollards to a biomedical & research facility in the Midwest ...
Economic slump forces closure of Sarnia, Ont., plastic resin plant
The Canadian Press, Ont  - Dec 9, 2008
SARNIA, Ont. — A plant in Sarnia, Ont., which makes plastic resins for the construction industry will shut down and put 39 people out of a job. Atlanta-based Georgia Gulf Corp. says the Royal Polymers plant in the Ontario city has been hit hard by weakness in housing and construction...
Agritech company aims for export growth
National Business Review, New Zealand  - Dec 9, 2008
A key player in electric fence systems, milk flow meters, electronic scales and shearing equipment, Tru Test, has posted an unaudited net profit for the half year to September 30 of $1.97 million....

Decking Industry News

Tailor Decks Unveils New Wood Pattern “TailorWood”
PRLog.Org (press release),  - Dec 3, 2008
Paulin realized some time ago that decking material options for homeowners were cost prohibitive and impractical. With the decking industry being overwhelmed with so many composite decking materials, and exotic woods, Paulin saw the need and set out on a mission to produce an affordable, aesthetically-pleasing lumber alternative...
AERT Announces Deck Cleaning Settlement
Stockhouse, Canada  - Dec 3, 2008
As previously reported by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AERT) ("AERT"), a leading plastics recycler and manufacturer of Green composite building products, AERT has entered into a settlement agreement ...
CPI Plastics Group Ltd. announces results for the third quarter of 2008
istockAnalyst.com (press release), OR  - Dec 8, 2008
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - CPI Plastics Group Ltd., ("CPI" or "The Company") announced today its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008. A summary of those results is as follow: ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Complaints pile up against Raleigh Fence Co.
WRAL.com, NC  - Dec 3, 2008
Raleigh, NC — The Better Business Bureau lists 14 complaints against the Raleigh Fence Co. in the last 12 months. Many of those customers say owner Ken ...
Galway News, Ireland  - Dec 3, 2008
A fencing contractor, who carried out work at Councillor Michael Fahy's land under a Community Involvement Scheme, has been giving evidence at Fahy's trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court...
It's 'Buyer-Beware' For Do-It-Yourself Fencing Construction
The Open Press (press release)  - Dec 9, 2008
“Building a fence is a little different then other types of projects where someone might be motivated to try and do it themselves,” says Gary Siewert of S and S Fence (www.fencing-contractors.com ), one of Sacramento, California's leading fencing companies....

Fencing and Airports

DOT Putting Up Snow Fence At Airport
ABC Online, Australia  - Dec 3, 2008
It was a whiteout without warning. Last February, one person was killed and twenty five people were rushed to the hospital after a 36 vehicle pile up near the Rochester Airport....
London Protesters Expose Stansted Airport Security Weakness
Bloomberg  - Dec 8, 2008
Environmental activists armed only with wire cutters today exposed the weakness of London’s airport security systems. The protesters from a group called Plane Stupid, which opposes airport expansion, cut through a perimeter fence ...
Security boost for airbase
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Dec 9, 2008
Security is being beefed up at the Whenuapai airbase to deter vandals and trespassers. The site’s defence perimeter is being strengthened amid increased security concerns locally and internationally...

Local Government Issues

Akron wants federal funds
Akron Beacon Journal, OH - Dec 9, 2008
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has requested federal funding for more than a half-billion dollars' worth of public works — part of an economic stimulus proposal that U.S. mayors presented on Monday. Akron's request includes everything from $5 million for fencing the All-America Bridge (Y-Bridge)...
Woolsey says City playing favorites in fence enforcement
Kiowa County Signal, KS - Dec 4, 2008
Seeking to modify Greensburg’s City Code provisions meant to regulate fence construction within city limits, Development Director Mike Gurnee was told Monday night by city council he and the Planning and Zoning Commission have more work to do....
Davis Commission delays decision on Layton fence
StandardNet, Utah  - Dec 3, 2008
FARMINGTON -- Davis County Commission tabled a resolution asking the county not to build a fence around a 20-acre parcel in Layton. Commissioner Louenda Downs said she needed at least one more week for additional information before she could pass the resolution...

Fence Disputes

Gouverneur man faces felony charge after fence dispute
News 10 Now, NY - Dec 4, 2008
GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. -- In 2002, the Stowells put up a fence in between their home and their neighbors, the Lashbrooks. "There's never no privacy over here and it's been so much ....
Victor couple battles town over fence
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY  - Dec 8, 2008
VICTOR — A Victor couple has gone to court to contest an order to take down a piece of backyard fence because it's in an area that cannot be developed. Nicholas and Kara Vassello filed a complaint in state Supreme Court ...
Woman cuts down fence with chainsaw in council wrangle
Scarborough Today, UK  - Dec 6, 2008
A Scarborough woman took drastic action in a bid to end her dispute with Scarborough Coun-cil. Cynthia Todd, of Lismore Road, has complained for years after the rear access to her home was fenced off by council officials...


Fences in the Courts

Court Stops Cal. Coastal Commission from Tearing Down Family's Coastal Safety Fence
MarketWatch  - Dec 3, 2008
TORRANCE, Calif., Dec 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a major judicial defeat for the California Coastal Commission, the agency this week was stopped from its drive to tear down a safety and boundary fence on a Torrance couple's private property...
Detroit going to court over a fence blocking park
DetNews.com, MI  - Dec 3, 2008
DETROIT -- City officials are set to go to court today, seeking to evict the Detroit International Bridge Co. from Riverside Park, where the company has built a fence barring the public from one corner and repeatedly padlocked the gates to the boat launch...

Community Issues

Action demanded over 'dangerous' fencing
Gloucestershire Gazette, UK  - Dec 3, 2008
COUNCILLORS are demanding action after fencing around an electrical substation in a children’s play area was declared dangerous by health and safety inspectors. Members of Thornbury Town Council say they have been chasing Central Networks, ...
Neighbors of Bay Haas Building want fence
Press-Register - al.com, AL  - Dec 9, 2008
People who live near the Bay Haas Building have approached the Mobile County Commission, asking them to support a petition to build a fence around the building for safety purposes. ...
Fence hides dirty work
Augusta Chronicle, GA  - Dec 8, 2008
Augusta National Golf Club, renowned for the upkeep of its famous golf course, is doing far grittier work on the other side of Berckmans Road - cleaning out toxic sludge...

Fences and Animals - Domestic

New fence installed at TAILS
Dekalb Daily Chronicle, IL  - Dec 3, 2008
New fencing at TAILS Humane Society is allowing the animals there more room to run around outside. The fence was made possible through a “micro-fundraiser” called Fund a Dream at last April’s Tropical TAILS event...
This fencing setup might deter groundhogs
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - Dec 5, 2008
After conducting numerous tests, the folks at the Humane Society of America have determined the most reliable fencing solution to protect your garden without harming the hogs...
Dog owners refuse to sit on fence
The Times, South Africa  - Dec 8, 2008
HUNDREDS of Johannesburg families, dog owners and other park users yesterday joined hands to form a human chain at Emmarentia Park, protesting against Johannesburg City Parks’ plan to erect a fence to divide the public park in two ...

DIY - Consumers

Building Fence for the Cattle
Epicurious  - Dec 3, 2008
I mentioned on Monday that we received our first real snow of the year in Southern Iowa and how that makes winter chores just a little more difficult and time consuming. Yesterday, I got to put that to the test when my Dad and I spent an afternoon building a winter paddock for our Dexter cattle...
How to Turn Your Home into a Sanctuary with Carefree-Maintenance Royal Outdoor Products
MarketWatch  - Dec 8, 2008
You don't have to hop on a plane and travel thousands of miles to find a relaxing retreat. Just step outside your front or back door. Now anyone can transform the exterior space around their home into a beautiful, carefree haven using vinyl columns, decking, railing, and fencing that revitalize home facades and yards ...

Fence Exhibits and History

Exhibit in Byron explores the fences we create
Rockford Register Star, IL  - Dec 3, 2008
BYRON — About this series This is the fourth in the “Destinations” series of Ask Geo columns. It spotlights Byron Museum of History in Byron. In this and future “Destinations” columns, I’ll tell you 4.5 reasons you should go to the featured spot — because everyone else does a “top 5” or “10 best...
Shock news! 70 years of electric fence
ABC Online, Australia  - Dec 3, 2008
A shock device designed in the 1930s to stop a horse scratching the family car went on to revolutionalise agriculture. New Zealand dairy farmer Bill Gallagher senior's electric fence changed the way animals were managed on the farm...

Pool Safety

Pool fence check urged
Tasmania Mercury, Australia  - Dec 5, 2008
SAFETY checks on home pool fences and gates should be mandatory in Tasmania, says the Royal Life Saving Society. After the tragic drownings of three toddlers interstate in recent weeks ...
Popular Christmas gift's drowning hazard and needs pool fencingArticle from
Tasmania Mercury, Australia  - Dec 4, 2008
Under State Government legislation if a pool is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 30cm or more and if its sole use is for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or other aquatic activity then it has to be fenced under the Swimming Pool Act 1992...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Texas officials ask Obama to stop border fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 8, 2008
EL PASO, Texas — Elected officials in El Paso are asking President-elect Barack Obama to scuttle federal plans to build hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico...
To Tancredo, fence is economic boost
The Denver Post, CO  - Dec 9, 2008
Retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Littleton suggested on Monday that President -elect Barack Obama could achieve some of his goals for creating jobs and improving infrastructure by building the 700 - mile fence between the U.S. and Mexico that Congress authorized in 2006. ...


Weird News

Wife nagged husband to buy winning lottery ticket
Canoe, Canada  - Dec 8, 2008
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A "nagging" wife who pushed her husband to buy a lottery ticket helped scoop the $4.2 million first prize - with only minutes to spare...

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