Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the globe March 11, 2008  
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Industry News

Fence, Deck & Rail Market Recovers Slowly From Double-Digit Decline in 2007
Earthtimes, UK  - Mar 7, 2008
NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- After a 16% decrease in sales, 2007 proved to be a tough year for the residential fence, deck & rail (FDR) market, which settled at $10.1 billion. Nonetheless, a new report from SBI, The U.S. Market for Fence, Deck & Rail Products, forecasts that the market will resume its upward trend and reach $11.8 billion by 2012 ...
Bright Outlook for Exterior Railing Despite Housing Downturn
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Mar 10, 2008
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exterior railing is estimated at $5 billion today and is showing resiliency despite the current building products industry downturn. Industry statistics indicate that as many as 70% of homes built by 2015 will have a front porch. The Traditional Neighborhood Development movement is a key driver for the renewed interest of the front porch. ...

Industry News - Products

CertainTeed Introduces CertaStucco™ Vinyl Fence
Earthtimes, UK  - Mar 7, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed has launched a revolutionary new product as part of its Bufftech®® vinyl fence product line. CertaStucco™ privacy fence captures the beauty of traditional stucco styling in an economical, easy-care vinyl design. ...
Pool Safety Fence Manufacturer Guardian Pool Fence Systems Announces Acquisition of Second United States Patent
PR Web (press release), WA  - Mar 6, 2008
March 6, 2008 -- A swimming pool may mean refreshing relief from the heat but for a pool owner, safety must be the number one priority. Meeting and exceeding this need for safety, Guardian Pool Fence Systems continues to develop new products and services to enhance the experience of owning a pool, making it safe for owners and their guests. In an effort to continue to promote pool safety, Guardian Pool Fence Systems announces their newest U.S. patent # 7,334,957. ...

Industry News - People

Encon Electronics Announces Winner of Nintendo Wii game system
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Mar 7, 2008
Encon Electronics unveiled their re-designed 20 x 20 tradeshow booth at the FenceTech Expo in Las Vegas, NV. FenceTech is one of the industry’s premier events and was held in early February. Encon’s new booth configuration allowed for an interactive area where attendees were invited to try their hand at assorted video games. Participants were entered into a drawing to win a new Nintendo Wii game system...
Linear LLC Promotes Two Executives to Roles As Vice President of ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - Mar 7, 2008
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Linear LLC, a market leader in residential and commercial technology solutions for over four decades, today announced two new executive promotions. Chuck Stevens has been promoted from vice president of marketing to the role of vice president of business development for Linear’s Home Technology Group. Gary Baker, formerly vice president of sales for Linear’s Electronics Group, ...

Deck Industry News

CertainTeed is One-Stop Source for Aluminum, Vinyl and Composite Railing Systems
Press Release  - Mar 4, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Building industry professionals now have a one-stop shop for all their aluminum, vinyl and composite railing needs – CertainTeed Corporation – thanks to a new addition to the company’s industry-leading railing product line. This week at DeckExpo in Orlando, Fla., the company unveils the Durham™ aluminum railing system...
AERT to Begin Construction on Recycling Plant
Arkansas Business Online, AR  - Mar 11, 2008
AERT of Springdale, which makes and sells composite decking, said it wil break ground Friday on a recycling plant in Watts, Okla. AERT's new facility, funded and developed with the support of the Cherokee Nation and the State of Oklahoma, will reclaim post-industrial plastic ...

Local Government Issues

Bolton has 30 days to build a fence
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS  - Mar 10, 2008
BILOXI --Hayes Bolton estimated it would take 90 to 120 days to build a court-ordered fence around his property near the Biloxi Lighthouse but Judge Robin Midcalf today gave him 30 days to complete the work. ...
Decorative fencing doesn’t go over well with City Council
Columbia Missourian, MO  - Mar 9, 2008
When Second Ward Councilman Chris Janku asked the city manager to look into more decorative fence designs for a new bridge, it triggered a request to find a consistent fence design for future bridge projects in Capital Improvement Program areas of Columbia...
Qld considers child-safe fences for garages
ABC Online, Australia  - Mar 7, 2008
The Queensland Government has agreed to consider whether driveways, carports and garages should be fenced off to protect young children from being run over. The Government has released its response to recommendations by the Parliamentary Travelsafe Committee...
Driveway fence `to be compulsory'
Courier Mail, Australia  - Mar 4, 2008
ALL new homes in Queensland could be forced to include fences or other barriers to prevent young children from entering the garage, carport and driveway areas....
Officials on the fence about fate of home addition
Lancaster Eagle Gazette, OH -  - Mar 10, 2008
PLEASANT TOWNSHIP - The Fairfield County Commissioners could decide this week whether a Pleasant Township resident has to remove a portion of a fence on his property that the Fairfield County Engineer's Office has deemed a hazard...

Community Issues

Doe Run Builds Fence Around Smelter
MyFox Saint Louis, MO  - Mar 6, 2008
HERCULANEUM, Mo. (AP) -- The Doe Run Company is building a new fence around its Herculaneum smelter as part of a state plan to improve air quality. ...
Hole in Commack fence leads to danger
Newsday, NY  - Mar 9, 2008
A fence to keep out trespassers surrounds a Town of Smithtown sump turned preserve behind our home. But there's a large hole in the fence and in 2007...
Fences cut at Sacandaga Lake dam
Albany Times Union, NY  - Mar 10, 2008
HADLEY -- At least one unidentified intruder cut through two fences in an unsuccessful overnight attempt this week to get inside the Conklingville Dam, which holds back billions of gallons of water for the Great Sacandaga Lake....
Council OKs bid for fence
Cabinet.com, NH  - Mar 7, 2008
The town council narrowly approved a new, $16,922 bid for a fence to border the planned Bedford Village Common. According to Beverly Thomas, chairman of the Bedford Village Common Committee, the fence will be 1,000 feet long as originally planned...


Schools and Fences

Pasco Schools Boss Says Strategic Barriers Beat Fence
Cabinet.com, NH  - Mar 7, 2008
Kathryn Starkey, the Pasco County School Board chairwoman and a leading proponent of school aesthetics, isn't pleased with all the chain-link fences enclosing public schools. Starkey says schools rely too much on the fences for safety and to direct foot and vehicular traffic, resulting in downright ugly campuses...

Fences and Neighbors

Good fences make, um, well, spiteful neighbors?
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - Mar 10, 2008
Doug Estes calls it a "spite" fence. David Gertz says it's no such thing. Estes calls it a nuisance. Gertz calls it a necessity. Estes filed a lawsuit to tear it down. Gertz lost in court but is appealing, coughing up $23,000 so far in legal fees to avoid removing it...
Avon neighbors face off over a fence
Enterprise News, MA  - Mar 10, 2008
AVON — Sometimes good fences do not make for good neighbors. Just ask Frank Avelar of 56 Littlefield St., who claims a fence at 80 East St. is too high. On Thursday, Avelar told selectmen the six-foot-high fence is too high for motorists exiting East Street to see oncoming traffic from Littlefield Street...


Fence Contractors in the News

New York Dealers Sweep Invisible Fence® Brand National Awards
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - Mar 10, 2008
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invisible Fence® Brand Dealers from New York swept the company’s National Dealer Recognition Awards. Invisible Fence® Brand has been the ...
Farmer enjoys camaraderie
Country News, Australia  - Mar 10, 2008
Merrigum dairy farmer Bryan Fitzsimmons reckons fencing was his most disliked job on the farm. But now he is fencing fulltime and couldn't be happier...

DIY - Consumers

Living large Expand your outdoor living area with a deck
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY  - Mar 8, 2008
The once-humble deck is being replaced by large, multilevel structures that often incorporate kitchens and fire pits to expand outdoor living space. Cookie-cutter 10-foot decks are no longer the norm. Instead, think about constructing a larger deck with two or three levels -- or more -- and adding a hot tub, built-in bench seating, planters and a fireplace...
Scavenge A Strong Fence
Mother Earth News, KS  - Mar 10, 2008
Even if your budget is as bedraggled as a pole bean patch in Mexican beetle season, you can keep your four-legged livestock down on the farm with a fence made from old powerline cable ... the heavy aluminum type with a sturdy steel core that's generally used for high-tension wires...
Call Kurtis: Good Neighbor Fence
CBS 13, CA  - Mar 5, 2008
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ? The January wind storm took its toll on Gisele King's fencing. It was completely knocked to the ground. Her homeowners insurance, Mercury, covered half the 5-thousand dollar cost, and then told her it was a Good Neighbor Fence because she shared it with three others, and each would have to pay their share...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Judge orders talks before border fence property seizure
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Mar 10, 2008
BROWNSVILLE — A federal judge has ruled that the government must first try to negotiate a price with a South Texas landowner before seizing her property for the border fence....
The big debate: Virtually ineffective fence
Tucson Citizen, AZ  - Mar 10, 2008
The story: In a column, Anne T. Denogean catalogs the reactions, ranging from "fiasco" to "disgrace" to "boondoggle," of Arizona's elected officials to the $20.6 million high-tech virtual fence on the U.S. border near Sasabe...

Fences and Animals

Activists slam ACT kangaroo fencing
The Age, Australia  - Mar 10, 2008
An animal welfare group has accused the ACT government of cruelty towards kangaroos it is preparing to kill. The group says temporary fencing erected on a Defence site in Canberra to facilitate the cull has caused the animals...
Zoo Beefs Up Animal Fencing
KITV.com, HI  - Mar 5, 2008
HONOLULU -- Construction work began at the Honolulu Zoo to prevent another tiger escape. Two weeks ago, the zoo's only male tiger walked out of his enclosure after a zookeeper left two gates open...

The Art of Fences

Coronado Neighborhood Fence is Phoenix’s Newest Public Art Project
EVLiving  - Mar 4, 2008
A new public art addition to the Coronado Neighborhood offers both safety for drivers and the neighborhood at large. The Coronado Neighborhood Streetscape includes a fence designed by local artist Joan Waters that runs the length of Virginia Street between North High School and the Coronado Neighborhood. The fence...


Weird News

Collision cancels 800-pound man's date
Canoe, Canada - Mar 11, 2008
When Manuel Uribe went out on a date, he made all the necessary arrangements: a forklift to carry him out of the house and a flatbed tow truck big enough to haul the formerly half-ton man and his bed to a party...

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