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Industry News

Press release  - Jan 9, 2008
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Digitech International, Inc. of Asheville, North Carolina, as part of its ongoing growth plans in the integrated access control industry. The announcement was made by Chamberlain Chief Executive Officer, J. David Rolls. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed....
Press release  - Jan 10, 2008
HySecurity hosts this intensive, hands-on, THREE day technical training seminar on March 5th – 7th at our manufacturing plant in Kent, WA...
The Pool Fence Manufacturer, Pool Guard, Expands To Serve The European Market
PR Web (press release), WA  - Jan 8, 2008
Pool Guard Manufacturing, Inc. (www.poolsafetyfences.com), one of the nation's largest manufacturers of pool fences and pool safety nets is proud to ...

Decking Industry News

Composite decking can spiff up entertainment area
North County Times, CA  - Jan 8, 2008
If your entertainment area is a wreck, it's time to hit the deck with something new. Tired of cleaning and sealing your deck, pounding nails back in or...
Trex’s new CEO: ‘We have to sell more, spend less’
Winchester Star, VA  - Jan 14, 2008
Trex Co. Inc. (NYSE: TWP) has been navigating some turbulent waters in the past couple of years. But two of the company’s founders are helping the nation’s leading producer of composite decking, railing, and fencing products recapture its onetime growth ...
Composite LED Bollard effeciently illuminates outdoor areas
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY  - Jan 15, 2008
Outdoor architectural fixture, PathMaster, provides energy-efficient illumination of walkways, decks, sidewalks, and landscape areas for normal and emergency use...

Fence Contractors in the News

Fence builder embodies employers' immigrant woes
USA Today  - Jan 12, 2008
SAN DIEGO -- That the government wanted to put Mel Kay behind a prison fence is an irony, though one that neither he nor his accusers would find amusing. Mel Kay builds fences. His was the largest fence-building company in Southern California; he rode the nation's housing boom to $150 million in annual sales...

Fences and Weather

Help to mend lost fences
Lismore Northern Star, Australia  - Jan 11, 2008
NEIL RODWAY is still wading through water at his Barkers Vale home. It went through the house and wrecked all the carpet, he said. Were 60 metres away from the creek and everything is soaked...
Mending Fences Big Business After Storm Contractors
KCRA.com, CA  - Jan 15, 2008
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Business is booming for hardware stores, but customers are experiencing a growing shortage of supplies to repair their homes following recent storms....


Fences in the Courts

Kadant Reveals Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Warranty Claims In Kadant Composites LLC
RTT News, NY  - Jan 10, 2008
Kadant Inc. (KAI) said that it was served with a class action complaint on January 7, 2008 on behalf of a putative class of consumers who purchased defective decking and railing products manufactured by its discontinued operation between April 2002 and October 2003....
Trial to begin in pool lawsuit
Daily American, PA  - Jan 14, 2008
WARREN — Jury selection was expected to get under way today in the case of a Howland woman who is suing a company that installed a fence around a neighbor’s swimming pool where her 5-year-old son drowned in May 2004...

Fences and Animals

A fence to help villagers, wildlife co-exist
Gulf Times, Qatar  - Jan 14, 2008
Every morning in Assam’s Kuthori village, adjoining the famed Kaziranga National Park, people wait anxiously to find out whether their crops are safe from rampaging elephants, wild buffaloes and rhinoceroses. ...
VicRoads spends $250000 on frog and toad
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia  - Jan 14, 2008
VICROADS has spent $250000 building fences to try to stop rare frogs from being run over on the highway at Pakenham. A series of fences has been erected ...

Local Government Issues

Patch prison perimeter
GoErie.com, PA  - Jan 14, 2008
PROBLEM: Razor wire missing The Erie County Prison, 1618 Ash St., has a steel chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and razor wire. The fence encircles the entire prison, except for a 15-foot section on the East 18th Street side, where the razor wire is missing...
Plan for perimiter fence around home rejected
News Guardian, UK  - Jan 9, 2008
PLANS for a perimeter fence at a house in Whitley Bay have been refused as it would look out of place. A planning application had been again submitted to North Tyneside Council for a 1.1 metre high timber fence on top of a 0.4 metre wall at a 5 Cragside, in Whitley Lodge...
Councillors split over river fence
Yorkshire Evening Post, UK  - Jan 15, 2008
WATCHDOG councillors have rejected claims that a decision to erect fencing at an Otley beauty spot was legally flawed. But the report produced by Leeds City Council's leisure scrutiny board following an inquiry into the issue has left it split...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Local company helps build Mexico border fence
Tribune Chronicle, OH  - Jan 14, 2008
All Vinyl Fences & Decks Inc. in Brookfield and Southington were named defendants in the suit along with up to five unidentified defendants responsible for the design, construction and installation of the fencing at 3709 Bellwood. The company and then-owner Tina Hall is represented by locall attorney Thomas Wilson...
The State, SC  - Jan 14, 2008
GRANJENO, Texas — Rafael Garza, a former mayor of this tiny border city, stood steps from the back door of his simple brick house and chopped the air with a hand. “This is where the actual fence would be,” he said....
Gov't sues for access as it plans fence
MSN Money  - Jan 15, 2008
The Homeland Security Department has said it needs access to land to find the best places to build the fence or to set up other border security...


Homeland Security

Anti-terror fence 'a disgrace,' Owen Sound mayor says
Globe and Mail, Canada  - Jan 9, 2008
Owen Sound is getting tired of terrorism. Locall officials have had enough of a federally mandated, barbed-wire anti-terrorism fence that has turned a stretch of the local harbourfront into the very antithesis of Owen Sound's nickname: the scenic city. ...
Homeland Security Looking at Alternative to Border Fence
KVEO-TV, TX  - Jan 14, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security is now looking at an alternative to the border fence. Valley officials came up with a idea of a levee fence. The levee fence plan idea came from Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos....

Community Issues

Tasteful Picket Fence Makes Good Neighbors
New Haven Independent, CT  - Jan 14, 2008
The great picket fence battle of City Point has ended with a $15,000 compromise. John Izzo, the fence man of City Point, was back at the Historic District Commission Wednesday night in search of permission to keep a fence at his Oyster Point Marina. click here for previous story, about round one...
Fencing is up; off-leash park reopens at Festival Lands
Ithaca Journal, NY  - Jan 9, 2008
The dog park is back in business. After two contentious Common Council votes and $6,000 for fencing, the leash law exemption is back in place at the city Festival Lands, adjacent to Allan H. Treman State Marine Park. ...
New fence to protect station
The Western Weekender, Australia  - Jan 10, 2008
A security fence is set to be installed around the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade’s headquarters on Sixth Road due to constant vandalism of the site....
The History of Fences
NTV, NE  - Jan 14, 2008
In this week's history we take a look at the importance of fences. Fences come in all shapes and sizes, are made of all different types of materials ...

Fencing and Airports

New airport fence part of security upgrade
AntiguaSun, Antigua and Barbuda  - Jan 11, 2008
The Township Council has voted to replace a fence that separates about 270 houses along Rockland Drive from a creek...

Schools and Fences

School wants a steel fence around it
Daily Echo, UK  - Jan 14, 2008
SECURITY is being stepped up at a Hampshire school in a bid to prevent intruders entering the grounds. Priestlands School, in North Street, Pennington, is planning to erect a 6ft steel fence along its boundary with a wood that has been opened to the public...

Pool Safety

Swimming Pools - The Need For Clear Fencing Guidelines
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK  - Jan 10, 2008
The general requirement for swimming pool fencing is contained in section 9 of the FOSPA which requires pool owners to fence all or some of the 'immediate ...


Weird News

Texas town abuzz over UFO sightings
Canoe, Canada - Jan 14, 2008
STEPHENVILLE, Texas - In the farming community of Stephenville, Texas, nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies...

Classified Ads


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