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Industry News

HERC Subsidiary, Simplex Building Products, Announces Fence Distribution Agreements and New Fence Products
Fox News  - Jan 31, 2008
HOUSTON, TX, Jan 31, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Simplex Building Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HERC Products Incorporated ...
New Product: TimberWolf composite fencing
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Jan 31, 2008
One of these is TimberWolf, a wood-composite fencing material made by FiberTech Polymers of Santa Ana. The fencing is manufactured, the company says, from 100% post-consumer recycled wood fiber and plastic. ...
Linear Demonstrates New Generation of Plus Series of Telephone Entry Systems and Access Controller with New Web Programming Support at FENCETECH’08
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 4, 2008
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At FENCETECH’08 this week, Linear LLC, an innovator in telephone entry, access control, gate operator and radio control products,...

Decking Industry News

A.E.R.T. to Highlight Distinctive Products, Positioning at International Builders' Show
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 2, 2008
Springdale, AR (PRWEB) February 2, 2008 -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (A.E.R.T.), a leader in composite building products, will unveil several innovative new products as well as its unique positioning at the 2008 International Builders' ...

Electric Fencing

Electric Fencing
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 3, 2008
DURHAM - It is a counterintuitive enterprise, building a fence around something to set it free. But Amanda Arrington and a small band of volunteers have been at it for months. Their tally so far: seven fences, 17 free dogs. The fences allow the chains around the dogs' necks to come off...
Houston City Council approves electric fences
KHOU, TX  - Feb 3, 2008
After a lengthy debate and a narrow vote, the Houston City Council has decided to reverse a long-standing policy that banned electric fences. Under the new rules, businesses will be allowed to protect their property with electrified fences...

DIY - Consumers

Best Tools for Fencing
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 3, 2008
Many people with several acres eventually want to raise livestock. To contain animals on a pasture, you will need a good fence. The following tools will help you build a good fence and maintain it over time...
The Bamboo Fence: Beauty Meets Strength
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 3, 2008
Nothing embodies beauty, simplicity and strength like a bamboo fence. In Japan bamboo fencebuilding is an art form. Yet you don't have to be an artist, or even particularly handy, to construct this basic picket design derived from Japanese tea garden fences. It is a pleasure both to build and to behold...

Fence Contractors in the News

New location, spot on TV show has Husker Vinyl on fast track
Columbus Telegram, NE  - Jan 31, 2008
HUMPHREY -- Don'™t get fenced in -- unless it is a fence from Husker Vinyl Inc. of Humphrey. In less than four years in business, the company has grown from building and installing vinyl fencing in the area, to the top manufacturer and dealer in the Midwest for Westech Vinyl Fence Products, Mt. Vernon, Ind. ...
Winds blow business to fence repair companies
WFAA, TX  - Jan 30, 2008
After Tuesday's gusty winds blew through North Texas, the fence business has experienced a surge. Many North Texas fence companies spent Wednesday running multiple, one-man crews to keep up with the demand for wooden fence repairs...
Fence Company Named Angie's List Super Service Award Recipient
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 3, 2008
Kennesaw, GA (PRWEB) February 3, 2008 -- For the second year in a row, a metro Atlanta fence company, First Fence of Georgia (1stfence.com) has been selected as an Angie's List Super Service Awards recipient. This exclusive recognition is awarded at the beginning of each year to companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout the past year...
Security Contractor Services, Inc. A Leading Fence Manufacturer ...
Newswire Today (press release), UK  - Feb 3, 2008
Security Contractor Services, Inc., has announced that it has chosen Series4000, an advanced asset management and depreciation system from Real Asset Management International. The automated system helps eliminate spreadsheets, while also helping to ensure accurate ...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Hearing on border fence lawsuits set for Thursday
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Feb 3, 2008
U.S. Attorneys and Cameron County property owners will appear before a federal judge on Thursday to voice their concerns on land-condemnation lawsuits filed within the last two weeks...
Fences, Sensors and Money
Washington Post, DC  - Feb 3, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security said it has plans to spend $12 billion next year on border and immigration programs. About $2 billion is targeted toward the Secure Border Initiative, which has been criticized by auditors as a risky, poorly planned venture that could cost taxpayers billions more than estimated in the coming years...
Divided views as US fence goes up
BBC News, UK  - Jan 31, 2008
Of all the issues in this year's US presidential election, immigration is the one that touches the rawest of Democratic and Republican nerves. After last year's failure by President George W Bush to get his comprehensive immigration plan past Congress, it has become fertile and divisive ground for candidates in the race...

Community Issues

Antique Chinese gate finds a home in Eastport
Annapolis Capital, MD  - Feb 3, 2008
Even for the sometimes peculiar Maritime Republic of Eastport, the gate at Stella's Stern and Keel Marina on Back Creek is a head-scratcher. Positioned at the edge of the private marina's grassy slope is an enormous, ornate, antique gate standing alone without any ...
Venice Wants Higher Fences, Less Monkey-Spanking
Curbed, NY  - Jan 30, 2008
Last night locals in Venice gathered to discuss fence and hedge heights, a controversial issue since some folks believe taller fences provide much-needed privacy, while others fear high fences breed exclusivity ...
Residents opt for trees vs. fence, house to screen new city
DL-Online, MN  - Jan 31, 2008
DETROIT LAKES — Having received the Detroit Lakes City Council’s blessing at the end of 2007, Becker County is going to build a parking lot at the Berean Baptist Church site...
Fence for Burnt River Off-Road Facility
Kawartha Media Group, Canada  - Feb 1, 2008
Residents hoping to see the full perimeter of Burnt River Off-Road Facility fenced failed to get their wish when council opted to accept existing fencing efforts. The decision came after close to 90 minutes of debate by both councillors and deputants at Tuesday's council meeting ...

Fences in the Courts

Court upholds ruling on pallet-made fence in Murrsyville
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Feb 1, 2008
We reach this conclusion even if the rubbish at issue here was accumulated and thereafter cobbled together in makeshift fence form," the ruling by ...


Local Government Issues

A Cocaine 'King' Who Wanted a Fence
Mother Earth News, KS  - Feb 3, 2008
Four years after leaving, the family is remembered in the Ranch for one thing: The bitter and absurdly costly saga that began with the homeowner’s association’s denial of the Dolan-King’s application to build a fence around their property...
City gets off fence
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Feb 1, 2008
It took almost two hours Tuesday afternoon before a packed house for city council to accept a report from the city's director of public works on an off-road facility in Burnt River. The facility has been the subject of numerous delegations before the development and public works services committee who say the facility is in violation of site plans because of a lack of fencing ...
Rec Commission Approves Estate-Style Fence at St. Paul's
Garden City Life, NY  - Jan 31, 2008
Reconfirmed for the second, third or even fourth time, Garden City's Recreation Commission has approved the installation of a fence at St. Paul's. The 4-foot, black, estate-style fencing, similar to what was installed across the street along the Garden City Middle School fields, would run 1,000 feet from the St. Paul's entrance west along Stewart Avenue...

Schools and Fences

Fence going around former Galion schools
Kawartha Media Group, Canada  - Feb 1, 2008
GALION -- Galion City School District will install fence around the perimeter of the former Galion High School and Middle School. Installation should begin Wednesday. As the district vacates each former school building, we feel it is important to protect the property from vandalism and prevent the risk of accidents on school grounds," Superintendent Kathy Jenney said. ...

Fence Exhibit

'Fences' exhibit worth visit...Zache Talk
WFAA, TX  - Jan 30, 2008
Oh give me land lots of land under starry stars above, don't fence me in." Remember that old song? It was recalled recently during a visit to the museum. You may not have "land lots of land," but do you have a fence around your home? Most of us do, though where I live didn't used to. Instead, the whole one-street neighborhood was fenced, with one cattle guard on the road in and out...


Weird News

Miss. may ban restaurants from serving the obese
Canoe, Canada - Feb 4, 2008
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi legislator wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers - but please, don't be offended. He says he never even expected his plan ...

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