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Industry News - Products

CertainTeed Offers New Lattice Accent for Chesterfield CertaGrain™ Fence
Press Release  - Feb 15, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed’s Chesterfield CertaGrain™ fence, part of its Bufftech® vinyl fence product line, is now available with a matching lattice accent. Chesterfield CertaGrain™ fence is manufactured using a proprietary texturing process that recreates the look and feel of real wood, in an easy-care vinyl design that never needs staining or painting ...Pictures
Press Release  - Jan 30, 2008
Niles, Ohio -- January 30, 2008 -- Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics has announced that they have formed a partnership with Fratelli Mariani, a leading European manufacturer of micromesh and wire cloth located in Milan, Italy. The partnership agreement gives Niles Expanded Metals exclusive agent and distribution responsibilities in North America. ...
Toro Introduces New TRX Walk-Behind Trenchers
Press Release  - Feb 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2008) – The Toro Company announces the expansion of its compact equipment line with the addition of two, new walk-behind trenchers. Trenching just got easier with the introduction of the Toro® TRX-15 and TRX-19 tracked trenchers. Pictures ...
CSR Hebel launches all-in-one fencing system
Selector.com, Australia  - Feb 17, 2008
PowerFence is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional solid masonry fences. All of CSR Hebel’s products and systems have been awarded the ...
AZEK Building Products Joins Forces with Leading Railing Manufacturer
FOXBusiness  - Feb 17, 2008
SCRANTON, Pa., Feb 11, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AZEK Building Products, Inc., a subsidiary of CPG International Inc., today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Composatron Manufacturing ("Composatron") located outside Toronto, Canada. ...

Local Government Issues

'Texas town calls for security increase at gas wells
SecurityInfoWatch, IL  - Feb 18, 2008
The city of Burleson, Texas, has decided to take security matters at natural gas wells into its own hands. On Feb. 12, the city passed revisions to an ordinance that would require increased access control and video surveillance measures at natural gas wells...
Commission fast-tracks fence for West Side pond
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL  - Feb 15, 2008
Commissioners were unanimous in approving a low bid of $21000 to install 6-foot-high galvanized fencing with barbed wire on top and three gates around the ...
Pittsburgh fences off arena site after demolition fails
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Feb 14, 2008
The temporary fencing increased traffic congestion during last night's Penguins game at Mellon Arena. Congestion is expected again Friday during a Monster ...

Electrified Fences

Light fixture electrified Caltrain construction fence
San Mateo Daily Journal, CA  - Feb 15, 2008
By Dana Yates A short in a city-owned light fixture at the Burlingame Caltrain station caused the electrification of a construction fence that shocked a man ,...
Fence gives nasty shock
Geelong Advertiser, Australia  - Feb 18, 2008
COLAC man allegedly gave his neighbour an electric shock after erecting a hot-wire on his suburban back fence, a court has heard. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

High-tech fence on border 'looks good,' House told
Arizona Republic, AZ  - Feb 13, 2008
One week after visiting Arizona, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that a long-troubled high-tech virtual fence along the border near Sasabe now "looks good."...
There's a hole in fence plans
Carlsbad Current Argus, NM  - Feb 15, 2008
When the border fence talks began, members of the U.S. House of Representatives emphasized oversight in the government's homeland security plans. ...
Feds to OK 28 miles of virtual fence near Sasabe
Tucson Citizen, AZ  - Feb 14, 2008
The government plans to add 11 miles of border fence in Arizona this year, far less than last year, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said 28 miles of "virtual" fencing near Sasabe will be approved. ...

Fencing and Airports

Lawrence Municipal Airport is beefing up security after 9/11, shooting
Eagle Tribune, MA  - Feb 17, 2008
Dubois said the security plan recommends enclosing the entire airport with fencing and adding security cameras. About 65 percent of the 532-acre property is...

Corrupt Fences

Who built the sheriff's fence?
abc13.com, TX  - Feb 14, 2008
He also knows about metal fences like the one we saw at the sheriff's 80 acre ranch in Colorado County. We had asked the sheriff about his fence and the ...
Sarnoff aide may need to mend fences
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - Feb 13, 2008
A $14,500 fence -- built by an aide to Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and billed to the city -- has sparked the question: Was this a flouting of city rules or a good deed gone sour? ...

Fences and Animals

San Francisco Zoo raises walls, adds zap fence to help barricade
New York Daily News, NY  - Feb 19, 2008
AP The San Francisco Zoo has raised the walls of its big cat exhibit and added new glass barriers and electrified wires to keep the animals from trying to escape...
Experts tout wildlife-compatible fences
EastOregonian.info (subscription), OR  - Feb 13, 2008
HEPPNER - "We're always looking for ways to have a fence that's better for wildlife," said Chet Hadley, a biological science technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Heppner ...
'Safety research fence' to tour BE events this season
Horse & Hound Online, UK  - Feb 18, 2008
Engineers are to monitor special fences at 15 British Eventing (BE) competitions as part of research into how to make the sport safer...


Community Issues

Officials to share designs for suicide prevention fence
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA  - Feb 15, 2008
Would building a fence on Aurora Bridge prevent Seattle suicides? City and state officials think it might. PI breaking news reporter Casey McNerthney has ...
Death-defying acts prompt tollway fences
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Feb 18, 2008
Donald Lovett asks why chain-link fences have been mounted atop the concrete barriers along parts of the West Sam Houston Tollway, and whether this will be done throughout the beltway system. The fences, 4 feet tall on top of the 3-foot-6-inch barrier,...
A little wire leads to a large problem
Aspen Times, CO  - Feb 16, 2008
Someone had started building a barbed wire fence along a property line at the mouth of Casady Creek, and for unknown reasons, had strung only the bottom ...
Removal of fence at city parks opposed
Rome News-Tribune, GA  - Feb 19, 2008
The Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority said Monday it wants to maintain a level playing field — literally. The authority passed a resolution urging the Rome City Commission not to remove fencing placed at city parks to keep people from parking cars on the fields...

DIY - Consumers

Fence Post Vases
KFYR-TV, ND  - Feb 15, 2008
Old fence posts are coming into vogue as flower vases, thanks to a talented woodturner from Sidney, Montana. Bill Forrester loves to spin the day away in his shop. It takes eight to 10 hours to turn out one of his rustic, but refined flower vases. Forrester says he has carved out a niche market for recycling old fence posts...
The Bamboo Fence: Beauty Meets Strength
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 13, 2008
To make the fence shown here, set the poles with the straight plane facing the observer. In traditional Japanese fences, bamboo pickets are attached with ...

Fence Laws

Missouri Fence Laws
KBIA, MO  - Feb 13, 2008
COLUMBIA, MO (2008-02-13) Nearly every state in the country has a fence law designed to govern boundaries between neighbors. But in Missouri, the situation is more complicated. That's because the Show-Me State has two separate laws ...


The good, the bad and the ugly fence
Ha'aretz, Israel  - Feb 18, 2008
The fate of the Judean Desert's separation fences have apparently been decided. The recent terror attack in Dimona placed added pressure on green groups to withdraw their objections. Opposition to a barrier in the southern area, near the Dead Sea, has in particular diminished, and some activists are even starting to see advantages to having a fence ...
Officials to tour Israel-Egypt frontier to assess border fence plan
Jerusalem Post, Israel  - Feb 18, 2008
COM STAFF Prime Minister's Office Director-General Ra'anan Dinur and Defense Ministry Director-General Pinhas Buchris will in two weeks conduct their first tour of the Israel-Egypt border to examine arrangements for the construction of a border fence...


Weird News

Spot on steer's side looks like state of Michigan
Canoe, Canada - Feb 19, 2008
SPAULDING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — One steer’s unique hide may save it from someone’s dinner table. The animal is named Michigan, and for a good reason — the brown spot on its side resembles the state’s mitten shape...

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