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Industry News - Products

Unique new “Monaco™” Fence System from Filtrona Extrusion
Press release), MA  - Feb 5, 2008
The new fence system, which is being introduced at Filtrona Extrusion’s Fencetech’08 exhibit, will be available nationwide and sold through distribution channels. It will be promoted nationally with the tag line “Experience the Illusion of Fine Wood – Monaco”. ....
Linear Introduces New LRA Actuator Swing Gate Operator at FENCETECH'08
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY  - Feb 11, 2008
LAS VEGAS (February 4, 2008) - At FENCETECH'08 this week, Linear LLC, an innovator in access control products, will introduce its new linear drive swing gate operator, the LRA (Linear Residential Actuator). The new electro-mechanical system is designed for residential applications and utilizes the new APeX(TM) gate operator controller, which features a streamlined design and improved diagnostics and communications....

Industry News - People

Poly Vinyl Creations, Inc. Appoints Two New Sales Representatives
Press release, FL  - Jan 21, 2008
HUDSON, FL-- January 21, 2008—Poly Vinyl Creations, Inc., the Southeast’s largest vinyl wholesale distributor is pleased to announce the hiring of two new sales representatives for the company’s two locations in Florida and Georgia. “Poly Vinyl Creations, Inc. welcomes our new employees,” said Bob Burton, CEO and founder....

Decking Industry News

AZEK Building Products Acquires Composatron Railings
PR Newswire  - Feb 10, 2008
SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AZEK Building Products, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Composatron Manufacturing of Toronto, Canada. Composatron manufactures residential railing systems under the Premier and Trademark brands...
Web site looks to transform deck-building business
The Flint Journal, MI  - Feb 8, 2008
You may have seen the black billboard with just BuildMeADeck.com displayed in yellow lettering. Simple, yes. Effective? You bet, says Dennis Schaefer, founder and chief executive officer of BuildMeADeck.com, a Web site he launched about a year ago in an effort to boost deck-building business for Creative Wood Products...
A.E.R.T. Launching MoistureShield Decking with National Campaign, Web Site
Business Wire  - Feb 7, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (A.E.R.T.), a leader in composite building products, launches its MoistureShield® composite decking collection nationally this month with a new, unique advertising campaign and a redesigned Web site (http://www.moistureshield.com). ...

Pool Safety

Secure pool fencing for safety
Hills News, Australia  - Feb 5, 2008
WITH drowning one of the major causes of death for NSW children under five, Baulkham Hills Shire Council is reminding Hills residents to keep their pools safe and secure. Each year, 10 children drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences...

USA Mexico Border Fence

US officials, Hidalgo County strike deal to alter border fence
Dallas Morning News, TX  - Feb 10, 2008
EDINBURG, Texas – The federal government and Hidalgo County officials announced Friday they had reached a compromise that would eliminate the need for the much-maligned border fencing there...
$1.2 billion fence adds little or no security
San Francisco Chronicle, CA  - Feb 9, 2008
EDINBURG, Texas – The federal government and Hidalgo County officials announced Friday they had reached a compromise that would eliminate the need for the much-maligned border fencing there...
CRUCIAL FACTOR: Barrier is needed, but wasn't built to specifications
San Francisco Chronicle, CA  - Feb 10, 2008
Our nation's greatest and most obvious vulnerability remains our porous and unprotected southern land border. Yet every day, unknown numbers of human and drug smugglers, criminals and potential terrorists continue to illegally enter the United States through our border with Mexico...
On the Border: The 'Virtual Fence' Isn't Working
BusinessWeek  - Feb 8, 2008
Presidential candidates talk big about security to the south, but so far electronic surveillance costing millions is doing little to keep illegals out. t's a scene replayed often along the southwestern border of the U.S. Helicopter-borne Border Patrol agents cruising above a stretch of harsh Sonoran Desert known to immigrants as la puerta dorada (the golden door) spot a white Ford F-150...

Community Issues

Looks Like Carter Creek Fence Is Working
Tampa Tribune, FL  - Feb 9, 2008
Sometimes, a fence helps — and helps a lot. For all those who thought no fence could keep overzealous all-terrain vehicle riders away from the Carter Creek Scrub area, there is some good news...
Lawndale wants to beautify mobile home parks
Daily Breeze, CA  - Feb 11, 2008
But last month city officials decided appearances matter at Lawndale's 11 mobile home parks. The City Council voted unanimously to replace wooden fences and cratered concrete walls with modern entrances. Lawndale expects to spend $150,000 on the improvements, which could include new fences, gates and landscaping...
Rickety fences along Ridgetop Boulevard
Kitsap Sun (Subscription), WA  - Feb 8, 2008
The in basket: Michael Oshel says "I have walked the Ridgetop road (near Silverdale) three times a week for the past year and have been struck by the repair/disrepair of the fences along this road. I was wondering who is responsible for the upkeep of these fences abutting a public right of way; the property owner, the homeowner' associations, or the county?" ...
Restoration work begins at Block House Creek at FENCE
Tryon Daily Bulletin, NC  - Feb 8, 2008
The restoration of Block House Creek at FENCE in Tryon, a major environmental remediation project for the Pacolet River tributary, began earlier this month. Funded by the North Carolina Ecology Enhancement program, the winter-long restoration will return the stream to its more natural course along its eastern flow through FENCE’s 380 protected acres...
Fence work disturbs residents
Picayune Item, MS  - Feb 8, 2008
PICAYUNE — Fence repair work along Interstate 59 that involves the removal of vegetation has one outspoken resident concerned about the loss of the natural buffer zone the vegetation provides. ..
Club to fence out vandals
Daily Breeze, CA  - Feb 11, 2008
A football club is planning to install a security fence to keep out vandals. Substantial damage has occurred on several occasions at Littletown Football Club, which operates from a ground at Milton Road, Heckmondwike. A 93m-long 2.4m-high fence is likely to cost £6,890 but is considered the only way to protect the ground because of the isolated nature of the site...


Fences and Neighbors

Good fences don’t always make good neighbors
Law Times, Canada  - Feb 10, 2008
A dispute over a fence between two previously friendly Toronto neighbours became a two-year court battle that ended when a judge took the rare step of hearing the matter by way of application, Law Times has learned...
Venice: Residents raise fence dispute to Neighborhood Council
Marina del Rey Argonaut, CA  - Feb 7, 2008
For many Venice residents it's simple. The reason they have fences fronting their property that are higher than is allowed in the community is a matter of privacy and protecting their family. "It is a privacy and security issue, bottom line," resident Michelle Dunny told the Venice Neighborhood Council at a special forum on the fences and hedges issue...

Local Government Issues

Township seeks to mend fences with resident
Allentown Morning Call, PA  - Feb 12, 2008
A Towamensing Township man who said he's lived with a township fence on his property for more than a decade may finally get relief. Glen Beers of 1165 Strohls Valley Road said the township put the chain-link fence on his land without his permission or consent 12 years ago while he was on a trip...
Brighton council allows fence
Washington Evening Journal, IA  - Feb 6, 2008
BRIGHTON - A family will be allowed to build a six-foot fence to hold their Doberman in their yard as long as there is no trouble, the Brighton City Council determined Tuesday evening...
Restrict front-yard fences
Paris News, TX  - Feb 7, 2008
The city’s Code Enforcement Task Force is sending to the Paris City Council a proposed new ordinance that would prohibit new front-yard fences on residential lots smaller than two acres...
White picket fences on Pomona's horizon
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, CA  - Feb 10, 2008
POMONA - White picket fences may be making a comeback. City Council members last week approved guidelines for the Picket Fence Grant Program, which will offer low-income homeowners grants of up to $5,000 to pay for the removal of old chain-link and other deteriorated fencing materials and replace them with vinyl picket fencing that meets city requirements...
Pond fence an urgent need, New Smyrna residents say
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL  - Feb 5, 2008
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Sinnka Street resident Edward Butler Jr. said he is terrified his 3-year-old great grandson is going to wander into the massive retention pond the city built a few feet from his property...

Fences and Animals

'Deergate' unbelievable but appears to be perfectly legal
Austin American-Statesman, TX  - Feb 9, 2008
I've seen ribbons of corn, oceans of corn even, strewn down fencelines to keep deer from traveling across to a neighbor's property and getting shot. I've even seen those same corn kernel highways laid down to lure a particular big buck from one side of the fence to another...
Heavy snowfall means no fences for dogs
KPAX-TV, MT  - Feb 7, 2008
That's because the heavy snowfall in the northern Idaho cities has piled up in peoples yards, leaving only the top two feet of some fences sticking up above ...
Seals sneak past fences designed to protect them — and motorists
Seattle Times, WA  - Feb 9, 2008
But this year, the traffic jams near the Piedras Blancas birthing grounds aren't being caused just by curious motorists. Some of the seals are sneaking past barbed-wire fences designed to protect them, then flopping on blubbery bellies right across California 1...
Turtle Fence Construction Begins at Kealia
KHNL-TV/KHBC/KOGG, HI  - Feb 7, 2008
MAALAEA (KHNL) -- Construction begins on a fence at a known nesting ground for critically endangered hawksbill turtles. The "Turtle Fence" will replace the ...

Schools and Fences

School fence plan goes ahead despite protests
This Is Lancashire, UK  - Feb 10, 2008
COMPLAINTS by neighbours have failed to stop a school's bid to erect new security fencing. St Osmund and St Andrew RC Primary School in Falkirk Drive, Breightmet, applied for permission for the 10ft-high fencing to improve safety for pupils and to stop youths getting into the grounds...
Special school may share prison fence
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, UK  - Feb 10, 2008
Some of Norfolk's most vulnerable children could be taught at a specialist school in the shadow of a new prison, prompting the headteacher and the local MP to call for relocation of the pupil unit...


Community Fence Projects

Determined Scout builds Carlsbad fence
North County Times, CA  - Feb 9, 2008
CARLSBAD ---- Autism has not stopped Carlsbad High School senior and honor roll student Ian Mortimer, 17, from accomplishing his dreams, which Saturday included building a 500-foot rail fence."It's a good, challenging project," Ian said, as he led a team of volunteers from Troop 784...
Davidson County: Work to fence off graves is honored
The Tennessean, TN  - Feb 9, 2008
Once it was decided to move the graves, George constructed a wall and fence to protect them. "No one asked him to. He just did it," said Bonnie Hudgens, owner of Earthman's General Store. For George, it was just the right thing to do. "I always like to help the community. And I've seen some older women with the Country Garden Club out cleaning up in the community, and I figured if they can do it, so can I," George said...

DIY - Consumers

A 45-Minute Fence
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 9, 2008
Not counting the time it took me to get organized, I fan average housewife sort of person) built a 750-foot horse- and cattletight fence in just 45 minutes. And the labor involved was about as strenuous as a leisurely stroll!...

International Border fences

New fence on Israel-Egypt border to cost over $1b
Ynetnews, Israel  - Feb 6, 2008
Plans to mount new fence along Israeli-Egyptian border may take five years to implement, cost some $1.37 billion; as simplest barbwire barrier along 186-mile border stands priced at $411 million ...
Israel to build border fence with Egypt
USA Today  - Feb 6, 2008
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of a border fence with Egypt, after a temporary breach of the Gaza-Egypt border gave rise to fears Palestinian militants would enter Israel through the porous Egyptian frontier, security officials said. ...
Fencing on Indo-Bangla border in full swing in Assam
Hindu, India  - Feb 5, 2008
SONAHAT BORDER POST (ASSAM): Construction of a 76-km barbed wire fence on the border with Bangladesh in Dhubri district of Assam is in full swing. The fence, located 150 yards from the zero line, will replace the one erected in 1988` ...


Weird News

Welcome to the 'Icebox of the Nation!'
Canoe, Canada - Feb 11, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS - Just recently it was dubbed by U.S. authorities as the "Icebox of the Nation." On Monday International Falls., Minn., lived up to that name as the mercury dipped to a record low of minus 40 degrees...

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