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FenceWeek Video -     01/29/08

Interview with Paul Harrison Part II Paul Harrison, president of Merchants Metals sits down with Fenceweek and discusses varies issues affecting the industry. This is part II, where Paul discusses fence retail showrooms and expanding offering to outside living spaces . Video

Industry News

New England Woodworks unveiled their newest product: Solid PVC "AZEK®" clad welded steel frame driveway gates
Press Release, OH  - Jan 25 2008
The gate was shown for the very first time at the North East Chapters AFA Show in Sturbridge, MA on January 19, 2008. The solid _" thick PVC looks, feels and has the density of softwood and it is paintable.
Optellios Brings Perimeter Intrusion Detection to the Lenel OnGuard User Community
Press release, PA  - Jan 29 2008
LANGHORNE, PA: January 29, 2008 – Optellios, Inc., announced today that it has received Lenel factory certification for the integration of its FiberPatrol intrusion detection systems with the OnGuard security platform by Lenel. Optellios is the first member of the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program to receive such certification for a perimeter sensor system...
Linear Demonstrates Latest Access Control and Gate Operator Products to Fencing Contractors at FENCETECH’08
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jan 29 2008
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Linear LLC, one of the market innovators in access control, gate operators and doors, and security systems, will display a diverse set of products that can help fencing contractors improve their profits at FENCETECH’08 in Las Vegas next week. Linear will display its latest access and control products,..

Decking Industry News

Trex Company Appoints F. Timothy Reese Vice President, Operations
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Jan 29 2008
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP), manufacturer of Trex® decking, railing, fencing and trim, today announced the appointment of F. Timothy Reese to the newly created position of vice president, operations, effective February 5, 2008. Mr. Reese will be responsible for manufacturing, engineering and logistics.,..
RainEscape® Partners with Correct Building Products to Expand Market and Bring Added Value to Contractors and Homeowners
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY  - Jan 29 2008
BIDDEFORD, Maine - Correct Building Products, LLC® (CBP), a global leader in sustainable, composite decking and building materials has agreed to be the exclusive distributor for the RainEscape®, Deck Drainage System...

Security Gates in the News

Rescuers trying to reach Shell Beach woman having heart attack delayed when power outage makes gate to community inoperable
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA  - Jan 25, 2008
But rescuers responding to a 911 call that night couldn’t get inside Joyce Cotton’s gated community because the power outage made the gate inoperable. They lost at least five minutes while her son dashed over to let them in the pedestrian gate...
Pressure on planners to block estates behind gates
Daily Mail, UK  - Jan 27, 2008
The spread of fortress-like gated developments for wealthier homebuyers has been curbed following pressure from ministers. A number of councils have refused permission for the walls, fences and locked gates which protect residents from outsiders...

Fence Contractors in the News

Jury finds in favor of company in drowning
Youngstown Vindicator, OH  - Jan 23 2008
WARREN — It took less than two hours for a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court jury to find in favor of a fence company in a lawsuit brought by the mother a 5-year-old boy who drowned in his neighbor’s swimming pool...
Decks & fences are their thing
TheTimes, OR  - Jan 25 2008
Romi Botez of Tualatin’s American Classic Decks & Fences Inc. and Reese Anderson of Tigard’s Northwest Fence & Deck, February is a month for shows, expos and new beginnings...
Greeley businessmen and brothers try their luck at home improvement show
Greeley Tribune, CO  - Jan 25 2008
LOVELAND -- Greeley businessmen and brothers Travis and Troy Kerns were excited to premier what they believe will be the next big thing in fencing Saturday at the Northern Colorado Home Improvement Show...

Local Government Issues

Recommendation: Require permit to build fence
Paris News, TX  - Jan 23 2008
A code enforcement task force will recommend to the Paris City Council that residential fences be added to the list of things that a building permit is required for, but is divided on whether to ban additional front-yard fences in the city. ...
Good fences not helping downtown, expert says
Stockton Record, CA  - Jan 29 2008
STOCKTON - Downtown Stockton has so many fences it looks as if the Gestapo has imposed a lockdown, a tourism expert said. "Stockton has a beautiful downtown, but everybody is surrounding everything with 8-foot-tall wrought-iron fences," said Roger Brooks, a consultant paid by government and business interests to develop a brand for the city and to tell it how to better market itself...
City officials, public wrestle over deadly Cameron Park views
Waco Tribune Herald, TX  - Jan 27, 2008
The city of Waco is proposing to put up $1 million worth of wrought-iron fencing at Cameron Park to keep parkgoers from falling off cliffs. But will it spoil the view? ...


Fences and Animals

Farmer calls for high country dogproof fences
ABC Online, Australia  - Jan 29 2008
An East Gippsland farmer is calling on the Victorian Government to put dog-proof fences around state and national parks. The Government is considering a submission to protect Victorian dingoes. Sharon Firebrace, a farmer from Benambra, says dingoes are breeding with domestic dogs and are taking a heavy toll on stock...
Higher fence in the works at game preserve
The Express Times, PA  - Jan 24 2008
The elk herd at Trexler Game Preserve will get a higher fence meant to keep out company under a proposal that was expected to gain Lehigh County Commissioners' approval Wednesday night. Specifically unwanted are white-tailed deer that can transmit the fatal chronic-wasting disease to elk at the county-owned preserve...
Fresh obstacle as Aberdare fence project comes to an end
Daily Nation, Kenya  - Jan 23 2008
The drums are silent. For decades, drumbeats were a common feature on the edges of the Aberdare Forest, especially at night. Their purpose was to scare away elephants and other wild animals from straying into farms and destroying crops...

Community Issues

Hundred-year-old Quad fence well into restoration process
Daily Pennsylvanian, PA  - Jan 23, 2008
The restoration of the fence surrounding the Quadrangle has faced many hurdles as Facilities and Real Estate Services work to maintain historical accuracy...
Houston County Fence Project
WTVY, AL  - Jan 27 2008
Recent crime in the area is prompting the erection of a fence in downtown Dothan. The Houston County Commission is set to approve the construction at Monday’s County Administration meeting to protect both county employees and residents visiting the administration building...
Fence to keep out primary school vandals
This Is Lancashire, UK  - Jan 27 2008
A PRIMARY school has been given permission to put up fences around its playground. Governors of Egerton Primary School, in Cox Green Road, Egerton, hope the fence will improve security for pupils and keep out vandals...
Church fights to keep fence
Bromsgrove Standard, UK  - Jan 23 2008
CHURCH leaders in Rednal are battling to keep a fence protecting the grave of a Catholic priest who could be made a saint. Planning bosses at Birmingham ...
Leicester Mercury, UK  - Jan 23, 2008
The problems started when joyriders smashed through the 73-year-old's front fence in October, leaving a gaping hole which made it easy for yobs to escape ...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Lawyers warned to use 'common sense' in border fence suits
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Jan 25 2008
BROWNSVILLE — Twelve lawsuits against landowners refusing federal access for survey work for a border fence — the first to be aired in a court hearing — landed in front of a judge Friday who warned lawyers they were not there to debate the merits of the fence...
Border fence with Mexico waste some say
abc13.com, TX  - Jan 27 2008
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KTRK) -- A dozen landowners in Brownsville could find out next week if the federal government will get access to their property to build a border fence.....
Homeland Security officials host 'Open House,' unveil border fences
Del Rio Live!, TX  - Jan 27 2008
A small crowd of about 20 Del Rioans and area residents showed up, Thursday afternoon (Jan. 24), to join at least that many federal employees and contractors who came to the Del Rio Civic Center to display and discuss plans for border fencing...

Fences and Neighbors

Neighbors find prison fence offensive
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN  - Jan 27 2008
The state insists that a fence it seeks to build around the women's prison in Shakopee will look more like a gated community than a fortress.....
Melbourne man paints fence orange; neighbors see red
Florida Today, FL  - Jan 25, 2008
MELBOURNE - A controversial "spite fence" along Wickham Road has sported a Crayola crayon-inspired color array in recent months, drawing criticism from city officials...

Stolen Fences

Bastrop gatekeepers never noticed the missing fence?
Austin American-Statesman, TX  - Jan 27 2008
Hernandez was accused of having inmates take down the fence at the county jail and install it at his house. He’s also accused of using county materials and inmates to build barbecue pits he then sold for profit....

Invisible Fence

Maryland Community May Regulate Electronic Pet Barriers
WTOP, DC  - Jan 27, 2008
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - A suburban Maryland township is considering regulations that would control the placement of invisible, electronic dog fences...
Invisible fences: Pros and cons
Pioneer Press Online, IL  - Jan 24, 2008
The dog, a Labrador retriever mix James and Gina Warda adopted, was supposed to be protected by the hidden electric fence the Wardas had installed around their property in Gurnee. But the collar, which sends a small jolt of electricity to the dog's neck when she tries to cross over the buried fence cable, was somehow being activated when Hunnie was nowhere near that line...

Fences and History

Fenced in - or out
BBC, UK  - Jan 27, 2008
Do good walls make good neighbours? The Victorians thought so, but those on either side of barriers between Gaza and Israel, and the US and Mexico, may differ...


Weird News

Carlsberg brewery launches up-market beer for those on a champagne budget
Canoe, Canada - Jan 29, 2008
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Carlsberg ASA has launched a beer so expensive it can only be purchased by someone on a champagne budget. The Danish brewer's Vintage No. 1 beer is priced at 2,800 kroner - the equivalent of about $400 Canadian - a bottle...

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