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Industry News

Minnesota Vinyl & Aluminum Systems Announces Major Expansion
Press Release  - Jul 21, 2008
Minnesota Vinyl & Aluminum Systems (MVAS), a known leader in the upper Midwest for the distribution of; maintenance free aluminum railing, aluminum fencing, and vinyl fencing has recently expanded their distribution into a 11 state area...
Fortress Iron Moves to Larger Facility to Prepare for Growth
Press Release  - Jul 22, 2008
In its pursuit to grow, expand and better serve its customers and future customers, Fortress is proud to announce that it has moved to its new Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center. The beautiful location has nearly 10 times the distribution and storage capacity as well as three times the existing office space, which allows for substantial growth...
B&B ARMR Corporation Provides Additional Security Protection for U.S. Air Force Base
MarketWatch  - Jul 22, 2008
CARROLLTON, Texas, Jul 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- B&B ARMR Corporation, a subsidiary of Integrated Security Systems, announced today that they have received a second contract, valued at approximately $350,000 to supply several additional Model 450A anti-terrorist, crash beam barriers for a U.S. Air Force base, exact location withheld for security reasons...

Decking Industry News

Deck Builder Focus Group Conducted by Market Resource Associates Reveals Surprising Opinions About ''Green''
Building Online, CA  - Jul 19, 2008
Nearly every manufacturer is trying to get on the green bandwagon these days, but a focus group of deck builders conducted this week by Minneapolis-based Market Resource Associates finds that both builders and their customers are unimpressed--and actually a little confused due to overuse of the term "green" in advertising...

Fence Contractors in the News

Designer jazzes up fences
Poughkeepsie Journal, NY  - Jul 22, 2008
...On the second summer, he planted a garden. And a battle to keep deer from destroying his vegetables began. The industrial designer, with 15 years of experience in the custom furniture industry, thought a fence was necessary, but he couldn't find anything on the market that added beauty to his yard. So Poux started designing his own - a fence that was stylish and functional...

Running Your Business News

If downsizing is necessary, be sure to do it the right way
Morgan Sullivan Newsletter  - Jul 19, 2008
Downsizing is one of the most unpleasant events in the history of a firm, but unfortunately it is a fact of life that many experience when the economy hits the skids. I hate to say it, but we may be entering a period over the next few quarters where staff cutbacks are going to be more common and necessary as the US economy seems to be sliding into recession or near-recession....

Local Government Issues - Ordinance

Residents on both sides of the fence over ordinance
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Jul 19, 2008
Major changes to the fence ordinance are coming to the Saratoga hillside community, and some residents are not pleased. "There has been no citizen input," said Kathleen Casey after walking out of the commission's July 8 study session. "They decide what they want and they shove it down our throats."..
Ordinance may build, not fix, fences
The Coloradoan, CO  - Jul 19, 2008
The city of Fort Collins might be creating more problems than solutions if it approves an ordinance that regulates the appearance of homeowners' yards and fences. On Tuesday, City Council voted 5-2 on first reading to approve an amendment to the City Code that could subject property owners to fines if they don't maintain their fences or yards...

Local Government Issues

Fencing woes sent to council
Northwest Herald, IL  - Jul 18, 2008
HARVARD – Fences in Harvard will be less likely to create safety hazards if the Harvard City Council approves a recommendation by the Zoning, Planning and Ordinance Committee. But that doesn’t help the woman who brought up the issue in the first place...
City O'Fences
WIBW, KS  - Jul 18, 2008
The fence versus City dispute all started back in April of this year. Jacky Bess was and is still being told by the city that her fence is too tall and needs to be lowered from 6 feet to 4 feet tall in the front portion of her home...
Panel OKs removal of fence near Marine Stadium
Long Beach Press-Telegram, CA  - Jul 15, 2008
LONG BEACH - Residents in favor of permanently removing part of an unsightly fence that blocks their access to the waterfront along Marine Stadium are one step closer to that goal...

DIY Consumer

Types of fences
kjrh.com, OK  - Jul 18, 2008
The type of fence you choose depends on your needs. If you want privacy, you'll want a tall, solid fence. If you just want to keep children or pets in the yard, a chain-link fence may be your best choice. A picket fence will define your property line and give your yard a homey look...

Community Issues

County considers fencing sand mines
Tallahassee Democrat, FL  - Jul 22, 2008
(In an effort to make local sand mines safer, Leon County commissioners will be taking a look at an updated open-pit mining ordinance proposal at their meeting today. Commissioners directed county staff to draft an ordinance after 8-year-old Kyle Jones drowned in an unfenced sand mine owned by Jimmie Crowder Excavating and Land Clearing earlier this year...
Sequim elk fencing options to be aired
KONP.COM 1450, WA  - Jul 22, 2008
(Sequim) -- You'll have an opportunity to review and comment on fencing options designed to keep the Dungeness Roosevelt Elk Herd out of Sequim. A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 30th from 6 until 8 p.m. ...
Fence divides on Estes Drive Ext.
Chapel Hill News, NC  - Jul 19, 2008
CARRBORO — A new barbed-wire fence at Estes Park Apartments on Estes Drive Extension has attracted the concern of the Carrboro mayor, who has asked the manager to consider opening it during the day....
Peition launched in row over garden fence
The Argus.co.uk, UK  - Jul 15, 2008
A couple who are battling to save their new garden fence have taken their fight online. Spencer and Victoria Adams, of Parklands Avenue, Goring, have been given two months to reduce the height of the 6ft 6in brick-and-fence construction by half...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Feds acknowledge fence will hamper border life
The Associated Press  - Jul 15, 2008
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S.-Mexico border fence will make life harder on some South Texas farmers, damage valuable wildlife habitat, impair views and generally become an obstacle to border life, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged in an environmental study of the fence's impact...
Government: The 'right' border fence can make a difference
KHOU, TX - Jul 21, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -- The US government is spending a billion dollars to upgrade the fence to protect the border and its patrols. Unlike what some border towns believe, they say the 'right' fence can make a difference...
Dallas Morning News, TX - Jul 18, 2008
The "movable" fence proposed by the Department of Homeland Security would be concrete jersey barriers topped with steel fencing...
Tribe says border fence restricts sacred rites
USA Today - Jul 15, 2008
Leaders of the Tohono O'odham nation say the fence, currently being built along the US-Mexican border by the Department of Homeland Security, will prevent ...


Prison fence running at full strength
EastOregonian.info (subscription), OR  - Jul 18, 2008
The perimeter fence at Two-Rivers Correctional Institution is running normally and has been since July 7, three days after an electronics system that monitors the fence failed. But the Oregon Department of Corrections didn't confirm the fence has been running normally until Wednesday, 10 days after the prison restored the fence's operation...

Fencing and Airports

For planes only - State awards city $427K to fence out illegal drag racing at rural New Jerusalem Airport
Tracy Press, CA  - Jul 17, 2008
New Jerusalem Airport seems far enough in the boonies that it doesn’t need a fence. But its removal from city limits is apparently tempting enough to scofflaw drivers, who show up for late-night drag races on the unfenced tarmac. ...
Brisbane Airport fence breach raises concerns
ABC Online, Australia  - Jul 17, 2008
Police say a 39-year-old man drove his car through a security gate and onto the tarmac. He was questioned by Federal Police but was not charged. He was taken to hospital for medical assessment. Ms Spence says it is a cause for concern....

Community Fence Projects

Eagle Scout adds rustic fence to park
Niles Daily Star, MI - Jul 15, 2008
For his Eagle community service project, David led six adults and six youth in the installation of approximately 900 linear feet of rail fence around a new ...


New ‘tidal fence’ project is cheap barrage alternative
WalesOnline, United Kingdom  - Jul 15, 2008
THE controversial £15bn Severn barrage is today facing a new, cheaper rival. A group of academics and engineers have floated plans for a “tidal fence” across the Bristol Channel from Sully in South Wales to Somerset...
$7m pumped into GWCL facilties fencing
Joy Online, Ghana  - Jul 21, 2008
Work has begun on the construction of a-seven million dollar project to fence off the catchment area of River Densu, the main source of water supply to the Weija dam and to ward off developers from encroaching the land...


Weird News

Wind scatters man's cash, Good Samaritans rush in
Canoe, Canada - Jul 22, 2008
TORRANCE, Calif. - A dozen bystanders rushed in to help a 70-year-old man after he stumbled leaving a Southern California bank, causing thousands of dollars to scatter in the wind....

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