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Industry News

Gates and Controls Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of Sixth Location
Professionl Door dealer, CA  - Jun 5, 2008
Gates and Controls Inc. (GCI) is celebrating their newest location in Anaheim, Calif. The new store is located at 704 N. Valley Street Suite V, Anaheim, CA 92801, behind the Home Depot in Tri-Freeway Business Park. The toll-free number is 877.817.9488 ...
The fence that thinks for itself
The National, United Arab Emirates  - Jun 10, 2008
In the middle of the desert, a man approaches a border fence, places his hand on the wire mesh and starts to climb. What he does not see is that the vibrations he has made on this “smart fence” have triggered several cameras that are now recording his every move, identifying his facial features...
Trex surges after SunTrust upgrades to 'Buy'
CNNMoney.com  - Jun 5, 2008
NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Shares of Trex Co. soared Thursday after an analyst upgraded the decking and roofing products maker to "Buy," predicting a recent turnaround effort will yield higher returns.. ...

Decking Industry News

Super Synthetic Decks
NewsChannel 9 WSYR, NY  - Jun 5, 2008
It takes work to keep wood decks looking nice. If you don’t stain them every few years, they’re likely to crack and fade. In the hopes of cutting down on maintenance, one of five homeowners is putting in synthetic decking ...
Atlanta neighbors build new decks to enjoy outdoors
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA  - Jun 10, 2008
...25 percent of U.S. homes have a deck. And while decking choices include everything from plastics to composites, most people still prefer pressure-treated wood for its cost, longevity and natural appeal...
Pining for a deck?
Toronto Town Crier Newspapers, Canada  - Jun 6, 2008
Sit back. Relax. Feel the sun on your face. Where better than in your own backyard? Decks provide an outdoor space for your favourite summertime activities...

Homeland Security

$100K Homeland Security Prize
Wired News  - Jun 6, 2008
Do you have an idea so insane it just might work? If so, It could win you $100,000 .... and save the country from terrorist attacks (I won't even begin to speculate on which of those factors is more motivating for most people). ...
Anti-terrorist measures aim to tighten Tower security
East London Advertiser, UK  - Jun 4, 2008
BEEFEATERS are beefing up security at the Tower of London against the threat of car bombs. Tower officials want to install anti-terrorist bollards around the historic tourist attraction. people). ...

Schools and Fences

Wisconsin School District Rolls Out Access Control
T.H.E. Journal, CA - Jun 10, 2008
Racine Unified School District in Wisconsin has awarded Vuance, a provider of radio frequency verification solutions, a $1.4 million contract to install its MASC security solution into 31 school buildings and two administrative buildings....
Security fence for Mansfield school
Mansfield Chad, UK  - Jun 9, 2008
COUNCIL chiefs have given the go-ahead for a perimeter security fence and gates to be put up at Mansfield's King Edward Primary and Nursery School. Nottinghamshire County Council's Planning Committee gave the thumbs up to ...
Thumbs up for school security fence
Chard & Ilminster News, UK  - Jun 9, 2008
EDUCATION chiefs have given Holyrood Community School in Chard a big thumbs-up following the installation of a new security fence around the school's perimeter. The new fence has been erected and will ensure that students and staff will be reassured of their safety ...

Community Issues

"Absurd" Canal fence raises protests in Grenville
Tribune Express, Canada  - Jun 6, 2008
The fate of the Grenville Canal continues to make waves. The latest source of discord is the village’s decision to install a second fence on both sides of the deteriorating site....
Play park fence fears
York Press, UK  - Jun 4, 2008
A CHILDREN'S play park in York will end up resembling a prisoner-of-war camp if new high-security fencing is put up, a councillor has warned. Councillors and park managers are to consider putting up a higher fence and lockable gate at the play area on Rawcliffe recreation ground...
Parker Fence Stirs Controversy
WMBB-TV, FL  - Jun 6, 2008
In Parker a fence across North Lakewood Drive and Teri Lane near where the road intersects with Nancy Drive, is causing quite a controversy among neighbors....

Stolen Fences

Wyoming guardsman indicted in theft of border fence material
Mother Earth News, KS  - Jun 7, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Wyoming air national guardsman has been indicted for allegedly stealing and selling scrap metal from the border fence construction project....

DIY - Consumers

Fences can add serve many purposes
Shreveport Times, LA  - Jun 7, 2008
Fences may seem rather insignificant to many, but even a single strand of barbed wire can cause a small snow drift to form in the colder areas of the country. So they do have a presence. Fences can serve several purposes and quite a number of these may have a definite impact on the landscape....

Fencing and Railroads

Port to install fence to protect spit rail line
Coos Bay World, OR  - Jun 7, 2008
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay plans to install sand fencing along the railroad corridor along a section adjacent to the TransPacific Parkway on ....


Fence Contractors in the News

Got an ugly fence? Enter it in contest
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA  - Jun 6, 2008
If the fence in your yard causes a cringe every time you look at it, consider entering the Ugliest Fence contest sponsored by Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking to commemorate its 28th anniversary....
Specialized Subcontractors Corner The Market
Rocktown Weekly, VA  - Jun 4, 2008
HARRISONBURG - Being a specialized subcontractor requires a delicate balance of carving out a niche while being able to appeal to a wide range of customers, those in the industry say. For Anne Fisher, co-owner of vinyl deck and fencing company Dutch Way, it was a conscious decision to move into a specified field, a transition that took about a year...

Fence Book

Well-constructed fences do more than make good neighbours, says Almonte man's book, they keep pesky coyotes at bay
Lincolnshire Echo, UK  - Jun 9, 2008
ALMONTE -- There's a dusty ditty that begs "Don't Fence Me In," but for Eugene Fytche, the plea would be the opposite: Please fence me in, do it securely and, if possible, do it with style. For Fytche, farming has been mainly about the fences. The sheep producer has been fascinated by fences -- aesthetically and protectively...

Local Government Issues

City Elects To Move Fence That Runs Over Graves
MyFoxOrlando.com, FL  - Jun 5, 2008
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- It took an hour for the City Commission to decide to finally let some people rest in peace....
Citizen rails against ‘fence’
Wicked Local Truro, MA  - Jun 5, 2008
Is that a fence or a guardrail? Joyce Harding thinks the new addition at the Wellfleet Marina is a fence and claims it is blocking her view of the bay. She wants it removed or cut down in size...
Commissioners don't want to fence in residents with updated ordinance
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Jun 9, 2008
With two months of discussions behind them, the members of the Saratoga Planning Commission are still trying to decide how an updated fence ordinance should read....
2-foot trellis, 3-year battle
Palm Beach Post, FL  - Jun 8, 2008
PORT ST. LUCIE — By all accounts, Stephen Smith has a beautiful fence. It's tall and straight and cloaked in fragrant jasmine vines that make it look more like a manicured hedge than a wooden barrier. The city has a different adjective to describe Smith's fence: illegal....

USA Mexico Border Fence

Boeing awarded contract on border fence: Chertoff
Reuters  - Jun 9, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has decided to award Boeing contracts for the construction of two sections of a high-tech fence to be built along the border with Mexico in Arizona, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday...
Sunland Park fence allows easy path to U.S.
El Paso Times, TX  - Jun 10, 2008
SUNLAND PARK -- While a steel and concrete fence is erected in parts of this small town, another older portion of the barrier remains fluid to residents on both sides of the border....
Chertoff urges speed in building fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Jun 7, 2008
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday he had attended the funerals of too many Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty to permit environmentalists to block construction of barriers and all-weather road along portions of Texas' border with Mexico...
What's myth, what's fact about fence
El Paso Times, TX  - Jun 8, 2008
Assertions made in a June 1 article regarding infrastructure are not entirely accurate -- nor do I believe they reflect the opinions of the majority of those who live in the border area. Hence, I have prepared a myth-versus-reality document that should clarify some of the misconceptions about fencing and other proposed infrastructure...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Bootheel man electrocuted by fence touching energized building
Southeast Missourian, MO  - Jun 8, 2008
Witnesses said that as Torres made contact with the fence, he was electrocuted as a result of electricity flowing through the fence which was, in one area, lying against a metal work shed that had apparently experienced a malfunction in its wiring, causing the wiring to short out, producing a current that carried over into the metal fence...


Westmoreland County Prison moves ahead with fences
Reuters  - Jun 10, 2008
Westmoreland County Prison officials hope that $12,900 fences will guard against hundreds of thousands of dollars in future medical bills....


2,535 km of fencing work completed
AssamNet, India  - Jun 5, 2008
About 2,535.80 kms of fencing has so far been completed along the Indo-Bangladesh borders by the Union Government out of a total length of 3,286.87 km with construction in 751 km presently under implementation...


Weird News

Woofstock nation gathers for lots of furry fun
Canoe, Canada - Jun 8, 2008
When Robin Hafso decided to bring his dog Bentley to Woofstock yesterday he had no idea he would have to return today. It turned out Bentley is just one step away from being named Mr. Canine Canada...

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