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FenceWeek Video -     01/22/08

Interview with Paul Harrison Paul Harrison, president of Merchants Metals sits down with Fenceweek and discusses varies issues affecting the industry. This is part I, where Paul discusses the effects of the internet and the big box stores on the industry. Video

Industry News - People

GTO Names Midwest Territory Sales Manager for Commercial and Residential Line
Lawn & Landscape, OH  - Jan 21, 2008
GTO, a designer and provider of the GTO Access Systems line of commercial and residential operators and access controls, hired John Schieb as Midwest territory sales manager...

Decking Industry News

Sturdier designs for wider application
Global Sources, Singapore  - Jan 11, 2008
Besides their sturdiness, WPC sheets and panels are gaining popularity as decking and railing materials in Europe, Australia and the US because they are biodegradable and resemble natural wood...

Fences in the Courts

Drowning case goes to trial
Youngstown Vindicator, OH  - Jan 16, 2008
WARREN — The jury in a wrongful-death lawsuit will be asked to decide whether the former owner of a fence company shares any of the blame for the drowning death of a 5-year-old Howland boy in 2004...
Appeals court stays fence’s demolition, for now
Business Gazette, MD  - Jan 16, 2008The East Village Homes Corp. has won an emergency injunction from a state appeals court blocking an order by the Montgomery County Circuit Court that the community’s controversial 1,600-foot fence be torn down by Jan. 15.....

Community Issues

Controversy Over Fence Removal
Gazette Newspapers, CA  - Jan 17, 2008
Possible removal of a chain-link fence along the south shore of Marine Stadium has nearby residents divided. Last Thursday, dozens of residents voiced their support and concerns to the Marine Advisory Commission, which then voted to recommend the fence be removed....
Habitat asks for variance for fence
Aiken Standard (subscription), SC  - Jan 17, 2008
A representative on behalf of Aiken County Habitat for Humanity asked for a variance on fence height of one surrounding a retention pond in the Warren Ridge subdivision....
The ongoing ‘tire fence’ battle
Devil's Lake Daily Journal, ND  - Jan 21, 2008
TOLNA, N.D. - A number of years ago, Tolna area farmer Cory Christofferson was reading a farm publication about ‘tire’ fences in the country of Australia. That prompted him to make a trip to Speedy’s in Devils Lake and inquire as to whether or not they had any disposable tires. Building a tire fence kind of appealed to him...
Fence segregates dead in Ovilla cemetery
WFAA, TX  - Jan 18, 2008
OVILLA - While Ovilla is a fast-growing suburb just south of Dallas, an old and dividing southern tradition continues at the cemetery located in the center of town. A chain-link fence in the cemetery separates the graves of the white dead from those of the black dead...

Stolen Fences

Thieves steal pool fence from Estero home
The News-Press, FL  - Jan 16 2008
By news-press.com Sheriff’s deputies are looking for thieves who stole 40 feet of swimming pool fencing at a house in the Bella Terra gated community in...

Fencing and Railroads

Officials aim to halt Bayport LIRR fence
Newsday, NY  - Jan 22, 2008
Local and state officials are petitioning the Long Island Rail Road to halt construction of an 8-foot-tall fence along the railroad tracks in Bayport, calling it an eyesore and disputing the railroad's assertion that it will improve safety there...
Pols, Bayport residents want LIRR to halt fence project
Newsday, NY  - Jan 17, 2008
Local and state officials are petitioning the Long Island Rail Road to halt the construction of an 8-foot fence along the railroad tracks in Bayport, calling it an eyesore and disputing the railroad's assertion that it will improve safety there...

Fencing and Aiports

Osage Beach proceeds with high fence at Lee C. Fine Airport
Lake Sun Leader (subscription), MO  - Jan 22, 2008
OSAGE BEACH - A combination of federal and state funding means engineering for a 10-foot security fence to guard against wildlife wandering onto the runway at the Lee C. Fine Airport will cost the city less than $1,600...

Schools and Fences

School mired in fence controversy
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Jan 21, 2008
For Peoria Councilman Dave Pearson, a fence sends a loud and clear message: keep out. Meritas, a K-8 school, wants the city's permission to put in a 4-foot-high fence at Fletcher Heights Park North at 78th Avenue and Hillcrest Boulevard. The yet-to-open private school on Hillcrest Boulevard has no lawn area and wants the fence to provide a secure place for students...

Fence Companies in the News

Hey Dude, Where's My Fence?
WOAI, TX  - Jan 22, 2008
A San Antonio fence company is claiming "delays beyond our control" as the reason why one West Side family has been waiting for more than two months to get ...
Grange Fencing Ltd Expands Electronic Trading Initiative with
AZ Central.com, AZ  - Jan 21, 2008
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grange Fencing Ltd, the largest supplier of fencing panels in the United Kingdom, has joined the fast growing network of companies connecting to Wesupply.com’s intelligent Network and enjoying the benefits of trading electronically with their customers ...


Local Government Issues

Mounties looking for bidders to supply security fencing
Vancouver Province, Canada  - Jan 17, 2008
The RCMP is looking for bidders to supply 40 kilometres of electronically monitored security fencing around 25 Olympic venues. Facilities include competition venues, broadcast and media centres and the athlete villages in Vancouver and Whistler....
New look for Moor
Northwich Guardian, UK  - Jan 21, 2008
Workers recently began installing the black classical-style fencing. Roy Lowndes, the council officer responsible for parks and countryside. Macclesfield Borough Council wants to deter vandals and improve safety for children as part of plans to make the Moor one of the best parks in the country..
St. Paul's Fence Issue Resurfaces
Garden City News, NY  - Jan 21, 2008
The Garden City Board of Trustees will most certainly debate new issues this coming year, but it looks like they will also be facing at least one old controversial topic: the installation of an ornamental fence along Stewart Avenue on the St. Paul's property...
Security measures considered
The Daily Advertiser, LA  - Jan 21, 2008
Additional security measures could be added to the South Buchanan street parking garage. The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to consider an introductory ordinance Tuesday to install security fencing and a roll-up door at the parking garage...
Hagerstown council postpones discussion on front-yard fences
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD  - Jan 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to postpone discussing a woman's request to amend an ordinance that would allow residents to install front-yard fences under certain circumstances...
Council upholds need for permits for Green Valley fences
North County Times, CA  - Jan 17, 2008
The fence decision therefore was very basic and "a no-brainer," Higginson said. "A fence over a creek is not a fence," he said. "It's called a dam...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Judge orders city to give up land for fence study
Seattle Times, WA  - Jan 17, 2008
WASHINGTON — Some landowners and political leaders intensified their opposition to a border fence Wednesday after the Justice Department forced the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas, to temporarily relinquish 233 acres in a prelude to building the barrier...
Border fence may drive largest American cat to extinction
Mongabay.com  - Jan 22, 2008
The Bush Administration's decision to not prepare a recovery plan for the endangered jaguar in its native habitat in Arizona and New Mexico may spell the end for the big cat in the United States, says an environmental group...


Poor quality border fencing annoys villagers in Tripura
Thaindian.com, Thailand  - Jan 20, 2008
Tripura, Jan 17 (ANI): Residents in the border regions of Tripura have alleged that the poor quality of the fencing on the border with Bangladesh is posing a serious security threat...


Weird News

Sweet response to news story
Canoe, Canada - Jan 22, 2008
JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — When Elizabeth Emerson confessed to a newspaper that her only real indulgence has been an occasional chocolate bar during her 87 years, she wasn’t prepared for the sweet response that followed...

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