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  Question of the Week 3/18/08

Delgard Aluminum Fence
There is a story appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer today about the parent company of Delgard fencing filing for bankruptcy protection...
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Industry News

Delair's Shapes/Arch files for bankruptcy
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA  - Mar 18, 2008
The slowing economy and falling vehicle and construction sales have pushed Shapes/Arch Holdings L.L.C., a Pennsauken maker of truck, construction and hardware parts, to file for federal bankruptcy protection.
Versa tries turnaround at bankrupt Shapes/Arch Philadelphia Inquirer, PA  - ...

updated 3/19/08 9:15AM
Company Press Release  - Mar 18, 2008
MARCH 16, 2008 – Pennsauken, NJ - Shapes/Arch Holdings, LLC and its businesses Aluminum Shapes LLC, Delair LLC, Ultra Hardware LLC and Accu-Weld LLC (collectively, the “Company”), a leading supplier of a range of industrial and building products based in Pennsauken, New Jersey, today announced that it has filed a petition for reorganization under Chapter 11... ...

Markets stabilise and return to seasonal normality
Timber Trades Journal (subscription), UK  - Mar 17, 2008
Demand for fencing is expected to be more stable this year. • Some fencing manufacturers have not increased prices, despite higher costs. • The Highways Agency’s orders for posts and rails is strong. ...

Industry News - Products

New Armless Gate Opener™
Press Release,SC  - Mar 18, 2008
Georgetown, SC: Turnstyle Enterprises, Inc.TM debuted the proto-type, patent pending, Armless Gate Opener™ at Fence Tech in 2007. After seeing the response, Turnstyle went into full swing finalizing their designs and released the Turnstyle Gate System™ at Fence Tech, in Las Vegas...
Universal Safety Response Crashes Barriers to Position Itself as ...
Emediawire (press release), WA  - Mar 16, 2008
Universal Safety Response (USR) leverages the success of its GRAB vehicle crash barrier systems to expand its capabilities as a turnkey perimeter security ...
Country estate opts for FAAC gate control
Info4Security, UK  - Mar 13, 2008
Approved auto-gate installer Yateley Plant Services has secured the exclusive Pheasantry Estate in Hampshire. The FAAC-approved installer replaced old timber gates with elegant wrought iron gates mounted on Haddonstone pillars. ...

Decking Industry News

Decking duo tackles safety at Bristol Zoo
Timber Trades Journal (subscription), UK  - Mar 14, 2008
Universal Safety Response (USR) leverages the success of its GRAB vehicle crash barrier systems to expand its capabilities as a turnkey perimeter security ...
Yogurt Cups Turned Into Home Decks
Central Florida News 13, FL  - Mar 13, 2008
Something you had for breakfast could be in someone's deck. That is because a decking company is using yogurt cups and other recycled plastics in its material. But, as News 13's Allison Walker explains, installing a mostly recycled deck won't cut you a deal upfront...

Fencing and Airports

Time to invest in perimeter security
NetworkWorld.com, MA  - Mar 13, 2008
I am talking about fences around airports. This afternoon some crazy guy scaled the fences at Heathrow wearing a backpack. He was tackled by police and the backpack was blown up...

Fencing and Railroads

Caltrain Installing Fencing Along Its Tracks
KCBS, CA  - Mar 17, 2008
When the project is completed, Caltrain will have a fence along at least one side of its track between San Francisco and San Jose...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Landowners say government never negotiated access for fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Mar 17, 2008
McALLEN, Texas — Several South Texas property owners testified in federal court Monday that government officials seeking access to land to survey for the border fence did not try to negotiate before suing...
Texas Landowners Delay Border Fence
The Associated Press  - Mar 17, 2008
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Some resistant South Texas landowners and a deliberate federal judge have come between the government and its goal of nearly 700 miles ...
Napolitano: US Needs to Offset Border Fence Delay
KTAR.com, AZ  - Mar 17, 2008
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano says the federal government should stop its drawdown of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border because of problems with a high-tech "virtual fence" project. ...

Community Issues

Cranberry dog park fence contract awarded
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA  - Mar 13, 2008
The lowest bid of more than a dozen came from Ford Fencing, of West Deer, for $24775, about half of what the township thought the cost would be...
Fire site 'needs a fence'
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia  - Mar 15, 2008
It took months to demolish the house, but there is still no fence to block the view of the death site from Mr Tanti next door. Mr Tanti saved Phoebe Murphy, 3, from a blaze that claimed her brothers Connor, 5, and Logan, 2, in Gleneagles Drive, Sunbury, three days before Christmas...
Fence scheme to keep yobs at bay
Belper News, UK  - Mar 17, 2008
THOUSANDS of pounds are needed to deal with anti social behaviour problems at a disused scout hut at St John's Churchyard in Belper. Residents living close to the hut on St John's Road claim their lives have been made a misery by rowdy youths using the hut as a hangout....

Fences and Animals

Appeal for fences to drive down animal deaths in Forest
Daily Echo, UK  - Mar 11, 2008
FENCES should be built beside New Forest roads to cut the number of animals killed in accidents, it has been claimed. Hampshire county councillor Alan Rice, a member of the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA), called for barriers to be built by roads where a large number of ponies have been killed...
Wilderness residents divided on fence
The Herald Eastern Cape, South Africa  - Mar 17, 2008
WILDERNESS residents have mixed feelings on the construction of a steel palisade fence to control access to the lagoonside picnic area. Construction began last week on a two-metre-high green-painted steel palisade fence that will be used to control access to the property, which is owned and managed by SANParks...
Protecting wild elk
Baker City Herald, OR  - Mar 17, 2008
Domestic elk don't have to escape a fence to spread disease — nose-to-nose contact through a fence can transmit germs, too. Elk ranchers worry, understandably, about the cost of fencing. If there are options that adequately protect wild elk but cost less than double fencing, state officials should consider them...

Local Government Issues

Jail upgrades planned, security focus of renovations
Henderson Gleaner, KY  - Mar 17, 2008
The work, which will cost about $340000, includes a second layer of fencing around the outdoor recreational yard, additional surveillance inside and ...
City to replace perimeter fencing along subdivision
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA  - Mar 18, 2008
The city of Pasco is working to replace perimeter fencing along the edge of a subdivision where schoolchildren are suspected of kicking out the slats. "The material the fence is made out of is of a very poor quality" ...
Cherokee businesses: Don't fence us in
Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC  - Mar 17, 2008
Questions focus on whether the final version requires existing businesses to comply by installing a fence or planting greenery to enclose the property. Assistant County Administrator Holland Belue said none of the businesses are exempt....
Dunbar to buy new fence for baby pool
Daily Mail - Charleston, WV  - Mar 18, 2008
Dunbar officials plan to replace a fence around the city's baby pool that they say has resulted in several injuries. City council members heard Monday from Parks and Recreation Director Connie Fulknier, who said the agency has raised $4,400 to buy a new fence around the pool, which is for infants and toddlers...


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Pa. driver impaled, killed by flying fencing
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA  - Mar 18, 2008
A Lancaster County motorist was killed in a freak accident yesterday after a piece of fencing flew off the back a truck and impaled him through the chest. Barry Myers, 60, and his wife, Deborah, were returning to Columbia after a long weekend in Ocean City, Md ...
Pine beetle-killed trees used for pellets, fence posts, mulch Infested wood is good for business
Longmont Daily Times-Call, CO  - Mar 17, 2008
Companies use pine beetle-killed trees to make firewood, wood pellets, fence posts and poles, railings, mulch and house logs. A new source of lumber. The fungus the beetles carry stains the wood blue, but structurally, the wood remains sturdy. Some woodworkers take advantage of the wood’s color to make intriguing blue-tinted cabinets and hardwood floors ...

DIY - Consumers

Mother Earth News, KS  - Mar 14, 2008
Anyone who's ever tackled the job of fencing with barbed wire will have to agree with the statement above: There just ain't no way to avoid some nicks and ...
Hey, 'Bob' at Frankel Enterprises: Fix the fence
TCPalm, FL  - Mar 12, 2008
This isn't just about Rob Rifflard and the fence that is falling into his yard. Sure, it's a hassle. But compared to some people's problems it's not that big of a deal...

Fences and Neighbors

Householders feud over 5cm
Oxford Mail, UK  - Mar 17, 2008
A row has erupted between a set of neighbours in Bicester over a fence boundary. Police were called at the weekend after the feud spilled over and fence panelling was destroyed...
Survey shows Towamensing fence just inches on resident's property
Allentown Morning Call, PA  - Mar 17, 2008
A survey on a chain-link fence that a Towamensing Township man complained the township erected on his property more than a decade ago again shows it's just inches past the line for a short distance, officials say. ...
Trees, hedges, fences and property lines
Brantford Expositor, Canada  - Mar 17, 2008
Property surveys are a must whenever properties change ownership. It is in your best interest to have one, in any case. A property survey shows the boundaries and a written description of the location and dimensions. ...
Judge Orders Fence Torn Down Two Years After Initial Dispute
SmallTownPapers News Service, WA  - Mar 13, 2008
By John Larson SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) -- The legal dispute over Cathy Knowles’ fence at the corner of Second and Oak Streets in Magdalena has been ...

The Art of Fences

Art finds way to Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Mar 18, 2008
The four squares of Mount Vernon Place sat eerily empty yesterday, cordoned off by a gold-painted chain-link fence. Erected Sunday evening, the fence is the first phase of an uncommon collaborative outdoor exhibit sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Walters Art Museum ...
New Roads School Finds Crafty Solution for Their Fence Issue
Santa Monica Mirror, CA  - Mar 13, 2008
What do you do when you find out that the chain link fence surrounding your construction site must, by city ordinance, be covered? If you’re Andrea Keller, co-founder of Berry/Keller Architects, you turn the eyesore into art ...


Egypt fence plans unveiled
Ynetnews, Israel  - Mar 14, 2008
The new fence will also be based on lessons drawn from previous fences built by Israel, on the northern border and in the West Bank, ......


Weird News

Man says he will auction his life online
Canoe, Canada - Mar 18, 2008
SYDNEY, Australia - A painful breakup with his wife has prompted a man to put his entire life - his house, his car, his job, even his friends - up for sale online in an effort to start over...

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