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  Question of the Week 6/3/08

Selling Green
Consumers are obviously looking more and more to environmentally friendly products, in many areas. Some have obvious paybacks, being more fuel efficient has a payoff in the wallet. But unlike other areas, a "green fence" doesn't have the obvious immediate payback
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Industry News

CertainTeed Vinyl Fence and Railing Accessories Now Include Decorative and Solar Post Caps
Press Release  - Jun 2, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation gives customers another opportunity to make a statement with the addition of two new post caps to its Bufftech® vinyl fencing and EverNew™ vinyl railing lines...

Encon Collaborates with Chamberlain for Seminar
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - May 29, 2008
Gate operator and access-control distributor, Encon Electronics, collaborated with The Chamberlain Corp. for a two-day technical seminar April 15-16 at Encon’s training facility in Hayward, California ...
Zareba Systems Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer
Business Wire (press release), CA - Jun 3, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zareba Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZRBA) today announced that its board of directors appointed Dale A. Nordquist to serve as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer...
Trex CEO to Kick Off Principia Executive Conference
Business Wire (press release), CA - Jun 2, 2008
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Principia Partners, globally recognized for unrivaled wood-plastic composites (WPC) industry knowledge, will be hosting its fifth annual WPC conference on October 6 and 7, 2008 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD. ...
UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Electric Fence Controller
Earthtimes (press release), UK  - May 30, 2008
NORTHBROOK, IL -- 05/28/08 -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying consumers that an electric fence controller manufactured by Horizont Geraetewerk in Germany may pose a risk of electric shock. These fence controllers do not comply with UL and Canadian requirements ...
Celebrity chef effect’ leads to launch of new poultry fencing
Farming UK, UK  - May 30, 2008
Leading wire fencing company Tornado is launching its latest product for the free-range poultry industry at two major agricultural shows this summer. Poultry Net, which has been developed with the UK's leading egg production business John Bowler's, will be unveiled at the Royal Cornwall Show ...

Decking Industry News

Consumer Reports Latest Tests of Decking & Stains Reveal Products That Can Cut Down on Maintenance
Earthtimes (press release), UK - Jun 2, 2008
Most homeowners installing decks use real wood, but Consumer Reports' latest tests of common decking materials reveal that synthetic planks can offer lasting good looks with less upkeep. The July issue features the results of Consumer Reports' one-year exposure tests of wood, composite, plastic, and aluminum decking materials ...
UPM-Kymmene: New German plant to meet decking demand
Plasteurope, Germany - May 28, 2008
UPM-Kymmene (Helsinki / Finland; www.upm-kymmene.com) is investing around EUR 12m in a new plant in Karlsruhe / Germany to meet increasing demand for wood plastic composite in central Europe ...

Community Issues

Family upset over fence being put over loved ones graves
MyFoxOrlando.com, FL - Jun 2, 2008
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- A Lake Helen family says the city has no respect. The Crow family says the city put a fence up right over the graves of their loved ones. ...
Revised dog park project advances
The Express Times, PA - Jun 3, 2008
NAZARETH | Borough council agreed to solicit bids Monday for fence for a possible dog park near Black Rock Road in the borough park. Councilwoman Cynthia Werner and Councilman Frank Maurek championed the new dog park proposal, noting it would be in a section of the borough park that already allows dogs ...
Wire fence riles residents
Arizona Daily Star, AZ  - May 29, 2008
Residents in the Continental Reserve area in southwest Marana are upset about a barbed-wire fence the National Park Service recently began installing where Saguaro National Park West borders the neighborhood....

Local Government Issues

Don't want to be fenced in
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia  - Jun 2, 2008
SUBURBS where front fences are now banned will be "devastated" by allowing 1.8 metre-high front fences as complying development, senior planners say. Front fences will be allowed up to 1.2 metres without any approval and up to 1.8 metres with the ...
Fence causing controversy at Versailles shopping center
McKeesport Daily News, PA  - Jun 2, 2008
A fence installed between Scozio's Save-A-Lot and Tri Star Ford to delineate parking at Olympia Shopping Center is causing problems for potential customers. "It's having an affect on the whole shopping center," said Frank Bazzone, ...
Completion of Access 33 fence represents next step in land transfer
Lumina News, NC  - May 29, 2008
The installation of a 6-foot-high wooden fence at Public Access No. 33 was officially completed on Friday, May 23, in accordance with the terms of the town’s agreement with the Gornto-Murchison family to purchase the 5-foot-wide beach path. On Wednesday ...
Fence Plan Teetering
The Santa Barbara Independent, CA  - Jun 1, 2008
Wow! Whoever wrote the headline “Suicide Fence a Go” above last week’s story about the troubled Caltrans proposal to put fencing barriers on the Cold Spring Bridge [News, 5/22/08, independent.com/fenceadvances] really got it wrong. “Fence Plan Teetering” would be about right ...


Fencing and Airports

County airport gets help with fence
Circleville Herald, OH - Jun 2, 2008
The Pickaway County Memorial Airport was recently given federal money to pay for designs to construct long-needed perimeter fencing as part of the airport's long-term plans to grow the facility. ...
Council To Vote On Airport Improvements
KAUZ, TX  - Jun 2, 2008
...The money will help pay for three projects. The first is to light the only full-size runway at the airport. It is now marked by reflecters. Second, they will install more security fencing around the airport. Officials hope to one day have the entire property enclosed. ...

Fences and Neighbors

Shots Fired Over Fence Dispute
RedOrbit, TX  - May 28, 2008
A Brown County man is scheduled to make his first court appearance today for allegedly firing a shotgun over a dispute on the location of a fence near Elm Lake. No one was injured in the incident, said Tom Schmitt, chief deputy at the Brown County Sheriff's Office. The man, whose name will be released with his initial appearance, was arrested for simple assault and possession of a loaded firearm while intoxicated ...
Monterey County Herald, CA  - Jun 2, 2008
The first round of a legal battle over one man's access to a virtually unknown natural wetland near Elkhorn Slough ended last week. But Steve Hinze is vowing to fight on — despite new plans for a security fence that would block entry from Highway 1...
Fury at ‘ugly’ fence
ic CheshireOnline, UK  - Jun 1, 2008
ANGRY residents say they feel they are living next to a prison after a three-metre industrial fence was put up around allotments without them being consulted...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Feds look for company to build border fence in South Texas
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Jun 2, 2008
McALLEN, Texas — The federal government is requesting bids for construction of some of the most hotly contested segments of its border fence. The Army Corps of Engineers posted the sealed request late Friday for a preapproved contractor to build three segments. ...
Can a Fence be Built Without Immigrants?
HispanicBusiness.com, CA  - Jun 2, 2008
Can the U.S. border fence be built on deadline without the help of foreign laborers? With 670 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border fence slated for completion by year's end, construction companies in Texas are questioning the feasibility of completing such a project without immigrant labor. ...

DIY - Consumers

Selecting the Right Fence
Epoch Times, NY  - May 29, 2008
The backyard can be a peaceful haven, especially during summer weekends. If you have a garden, it gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and put your worries aside while reading a book or soaking up the sun...
Get Gephardt - Follow-Up On Fence Fiasco
KUTV, UT  - May 29, 2008
In a follow-up report, Bill Gephardt finds out what happened when a group of neighbors pitched in to get a fence installed last August, but the fence was never installed and the neighbors only got some of their money back. ...

Fence Comanpines in the News

U.S. Fence Recognized For Waste Reduction
The Greeneville Sun, SC  - May 29, 2008
U.S. Fence, the Bulls Gap manufacturer, has received one of the 2008 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards. U.S. Fence was one of 14 winners in various categories that will be honored during an awards cremony in Nashville on June 22. ...

Fences and Animals - Domestic

Waterloo: City asked to regulate invisible dog fences
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO  - Jun 1, 2008
A Wedgewood Drive resident whose wife had a scary experience with an unrestrained dog is urging the city council to add restrictions on invisible, electric fences. ...
At opposite ends of the tether
News & Observer, NC  - Jun 1, 2008
Volunteers build fences every Sunday for dog owners who cannot afford them. After the fences go up, the dogs can run loose in their yards...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Angry farmers demand repairs to Australia's other great barrier
guardian.co.uk, UK  - Jun 1, 2008
rabbit-proof fence, the famous barrier built a century ago in Western Australia to keep marauding rabbits out of farmland, is falling into disrepair. Wild dogs are getting through holes in the structure, which stretches 1,139 miles across some of the remotest parts of the state, and are attacking sheep. ...


Pool Safety

Council votes to keep four-sided pool fencing
insideTORONTO.com, Canada  - May 29, 2008
The fourth wall of the fence required around new backyard swimming pools won't be coming down anytime soon, after Toronto Council voted to uphold its current requirements in the name of safety this week. ...


India-Pakistan border fence affecting wildlife
Thaindian.com, Thailand  - Jun 2, 2008
Jammu, June 2 (IANS) The barbed wire fence between India and Pakistan and the landmine fields laid to prevent infiltration of militants has had a tragic fallout - on wildlife. The wire fencing has affected the movement of wild animals and divided their habitat ...

Weird News

Man unearths box of Depression-era cash
Canoe, Canada - Jun 2, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Dan Deming had heard the rumours about the buried treasure on his central Wisconsin farm. At first he made some halfhearted attempts to find it, and then searched in earnest for two or three years after receiving a metal detector for his birthday...

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