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  Question of the Week 1/1/08

A New Year - 2008
2007 was an interesting year. With the slow down in the housing market, all the trades felt the pain. What do think 2008 has in store? Are you optimistic? Let us know what you think
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Industry News

Increase Your Profits with High Margin Add-Ons
Press Release, NJ  - Jan 1, 2008
Lawrencevill NJ - LMT Mercer Group Inc. -- As the construction industry has been somewhat flat in 2007 and this trend is expected to continue into 2008, increasing profit margins, and obtaining the customers orders is even more important. LMT Mercer Group has been inovative in offering numerous up-sells or add-ons that do just this ...
HERC to Acquire Simplex Building Products
BuildingOnline, CA  - Jan 2, 2008
PORTSMOUTH, VA -- HERC Products Incorporated announced that it intends to acquire Simplex Building Products, Inc. The Company has also signed a management agreement to operate Simplex from now until the acquisition is closed. Simplex is creating a vertically integrated company in the over $30 billion building products industry with a particular emphasis on decking, railing, fencing and related vinyl and composite products...
Building boom
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, LA  - Dec 31, 2007
Company spokesman Steve Rice says PVC decking and fencing are also anticipated big markets for Formosa's resin. Additionally, the company has new polyfins products for the appliance and auto industri...

Decking Industry News

IPE Screw is Perfect for Exotic Hardwood Decking
Associated Construction Publications, GA  - Jan 1, 2008
Designed for exotic Ipe hardwood decking, the unique design of the screw point on the PAM collated Ipe screw eliminates pre-drilling, drives easily, and results in an attractive cosmetic installation...
AERT, Below $1 Per Share, Gets Notice from Nasdaq
Arkansas Business Online, AR  - Dec 28, 2007
AERT, which makes composite wood and decking materials, trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol AERT. The stock has traded below $1 per share for 30 ...
Arkansas company plans facility near Watts
KTEN, TX  - Jan 1, 2008
WATTS, Okla. (AP) - An Arkansas company plans to build a plastic recycling facility in this Adair County community near the Arkansas border that will employ about 60 workers...

Building Industry News

U.S. construction spending hits two-month high
MarketWatch, NY  - Jan 2, 2008
Spending on U.S. construction projects hit a two-month high in November, rising by 0.1% on strong outlays for public, state and local construction projects, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Spending on home construction, meanwhile, continued its slide, falling by 2.5% in November following a drop of 2.3% in October. It's the 21st consecutive decline...
Do you know who your subcontractors are?
Globe and Mail, Canada  - Dec 29, 2007
Renovating is scary enough for homeowners. You give the job to someone you barely know, entrusting them with the keys to your property. Delays, shoddy work and escalating costs are the petty, aggravating trials of the renovating process...

Pool Safety

Make pool safety a priority
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - Dec 28, 2007
Re the Dec. 20 story State push aided pool-safety bill: We applaud Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her initiative in sponsoring the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007. President Bush recently signed it into law. Forty-two legislators also recognized the importance of having such a law and joined Wasserman Schultz in sponsoring the bill...
State push aided pool-safety bill
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - Dec 20, 2007
Now, five years later, President Bush has signed into law a national version of now-Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's pool safety bill...
For our children's safety, a hat that fits all adults
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia  - Dec 27, 2007
Pool fencing has again become a hot topic of discussion. The Kenthurst drowning and another at Bargo two weeks ago - of a three-year-old girl - apparently occurred where a fence was in place and the gate was shut...

DIY - Consumers

Fence-welding leads to 3-acre fire
Herald Zeitung, TX  - Dec 26, 2007
Wednesday's brush fire began when a homeowner on the 399 block of Berry Oaks Dr. was welding a fence and sparks ignited the dry grass. ...
Go ahead and grow a beautiful privacy fence
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Dec 29, 2007
Our suburban estates aren't what they used to be. Time was when you were separated from the neighbors by 60 or 80 feet -- or more. Now many of us can reach out and hold hands. So what's a gardener to do? ...

Fences and Animals - Deer

Sustainable Gardening With Ann Lovejoy: Royal Ideas for Deer Fencing
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX  - Dec 29, 2007
find the idea of fencing out deer just as compelling as the concept of hiring help. I also loved the idea of a rustic looking fence that fit unobtrusively into my woodland garden. Thus, I decided to cause a multi-height fence to be made by a cheerful, competent helper ...
Owner protests rule extending deer farm fences
Daily Mail - Charleston, WV  - Dec 26, 2007
"We've never had a deer to jump over an 8-foot fence," Kimble said in a telephone interview. One night, his wife awoke him to investigate the sound of dogs ...
Deer Farm Fencing Problem
WHSV, VA  - Dec 27, 2007
The West Virginia Deer Farmers Association is protesting a state regulation that requires them to build taller fences. Secretary Chuck Kimble says requiring ...


Fences and Animals

Fences go up to keep roos out
The Canberra Times, Australia  - Dec 29, 2007
KANGAROO exclusion fences are almost finished at two Canberra Defence sites in a bid to stop further damage to grasslands through overpopulation and ...
Invisible fences aren't best option for every dog
Roanoke Times, VA  - Dec 29, 2007
Many neighborhood committees will not permit fencing a yard because they think it will look ugly and decrease the real estate values ...
Time to put up fences
Gulf Coast Newspapers, AL - Dec 31, 2007
DAPHNE, Ala. - Starting Jan. 2, 2008, Daphne police will enforce an ordinance that requires pet owners to fence animals within their yard. The ordinance - adopted June 4 - prohibits the use of a chain or tether to restrain a pet. A grace period has allowed pet owners enough time to build a fence, Daphne Police Lt. Ric Yelding said...

Fence Contractors in the News

Protech post-knocker and JCB Fastrac 2135 prove key to East Sussex fencing operation
FarmersWeekly, UK  - Dec 28, 2007
For fencing contractor Simon Davey, the work just keeps coming in. "Modern farms tend not to have the surplus labour available to carry out their own fencing operations," he says. "And we have the right machinery and expertise to do the job quickly and well."...

Fences and Neighbors

Two hurt in Cavan fence altercation
Irish Times, Ireland  - Dec 31, 2007
Two people have been treated in hospital following a row over the erection of a boundary fence in Co Cavan. According to a Garda spokesman, at least seven ...
Fence riles Shorty's owners
Niagara Gazette, NY  - Dec 28, 2007
As soon as Shorty's Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill opened recently, the owner of a small slip of nearby parking lot put up a chain-link fence and effectively shut off about 15 parking spaces ...

Local Government Issues

Council forces couple to pull down `dreadful' fence
NW Evening Mail, UK  - Dec 28, 2007
We explained that we wouldn't be putting up the fencing if we needed planning permission. They said we didn't, they were absolutely certain we didn't and ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Fence fight tops news in 2007
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Dec 30, 2007
The final chapter has not yet been written for the top story of 2007 -- the fight against a proposed fence stretching the length of the southwestern ...
A big year for border security
Arizona Daily Star, AZ  - Dec 30, 2007
With border-security attention riveted in Arizona during 2007 on the issues of illegal immigration, drug smuggling and potential terrorist infiltration, federal authorities responded with a spree of fence building and high-tech surveillance ...
Border activities prevent property's use, developer says
Los Angeles Times, CA - Dec 28, 2007
SAN DIEGO -- Developer David Wick says he had big plans for thousands of acres of vacant property near the border -- until large numbers of immigrants discovered that his land was one of the easiest places to cross illegally into San Diego...


Fences and Animals - SF Tiger Attack

High fences keep `big jumpers' in
Toronto Star, Canada  - Dec 29, 2007
San Francisco police continue to investigate how the animal managed to leap over the 12.5-foot (four-metre) fence that surrounds the grotto ...
Oakland Zoo to heighten fence for tiger pen
Inside Bay Area, CA - Dec 29, 2007
By Kristin Bender, STAFF WRITER OAKLAND - In the wake of the recent tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo, the Oakland Zoo will also build a higher fence ...

Fencing and Railroads

RR fence not needed, commission decides
Tullahoma News and Guardian, TN  - Dec 28, 2007
Developer Allan Howard said the city hasn't required other developers to install fences in similar situations, and having to do so with his subdivision ...

Schools and Fences

Farmers help school with fence
Ledbury Reporter, UK  - Dec 28, 2007
MEMBERS of the Ledbury Young Farmers Club recently went to Ledbury Primary to erect a fence for the school's allotment garden. The team included brothers ...

The Art of Fences

Barbed wire artwork finds home in Toledo
Central Iowa Press, IA  - Dec 28, 2007
TOLEDO - "Up until now, I was out in the barn, under a tree or in my mother-in-law's basement," Vicki Ferriss said last week from her new studio at 103 E. High St. in downtown Toledo...


Border fencing suspended
Hindu, India  - Jan 1, 2008
IMPHAL: The work on erecting a 10 km long border fencing near the Moreh market in Manipur has been suspended following objections raised by some military ...


Weird News

4 compete to be world's greatest couch potato
Canoe, Canada - Jan 1, 2008
NEW YORK - On your mark. Get set. Watch! For many sports fans, New Year's Day means lounging around the living room and watching college football with a bag of potato chips...

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