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Stolen Fences
There are a couple stories this week about fence material being stolen and sold for scrap. It begs the question, if a fence is meant to secure something, how do secure the fence?
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Industry News

LMT Mercer Group Introduces Over 35 New Products For 2008 Galaxy Solar Lighting Options
Press Release  - May 9, 2008
Lawrenceville, N.J. - LMT Mercer Group, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of over 35 new products for 2008. This year, LMT has introduced more than 35 new products to the assortment, with more new products set for introduction in the near future. They now offer more options at competitive prices than any other vinyl and wood composite accessory manufacturer...
Alumadesign uses space age technology to create quality aluminum formed posts
Press Release  - May 12, 2008
When scientists and engineers fine-tuned a revolutionary process for crafting aluminum into complex shapes known as “superplastic forming” they immediately thought of the applications it could have for high tech industries such as aerospace, and automobile production ...
FAAC USA Opens New Branch Facility
Proffesional Door Dealer  - May 8, 2008
FAAC USA announces the opening of its new branch facility in Jacksonville, Fla. The branch will house a working demo showroom, fully stocked warehouse and will provide customers with a complete technical training facility...

Decking Industry News

Trex Introduces Exclusive Trex Hideaway Hidden Fastening System
Building Online, CA  - May 8, 2008
WINCHESTER, VA -- Trex announced that its Trex Brasilia collection will feature the proprietary Trex Hideaway Hidden Fastening System of grooved boards and clips. Manufactured in partnership with Tiger Claw – pioneer of the hidden fastener industry – Trex Hideaway will offer contractors and homeowners greater installation flexibility ...
Hot Prospect: Thermally treated wood ready to set the decking market on fire
BPD-Building Products Digest, CA  - May 7, 2008
Thermally modified wood is the latest entry in the U.S. decking marketplace. Unlike recently introduced alternatives, the product is real wood that is treated with heat or steam-but no chemicals or other additives. "This industry has heard a lot of promises through the years: promises of a wood product that would truly be a viable alternative to composites and treated materials,"...
This small manufacturer is smiling
Edmonton Journal, Canada  - May 10, 2008
EDMONTON - It's hard to find much optimism in Canada's battered manufacturing sector these days. Thanks to the soaring loonie, high energy costs and a sagging U.S. economy, more than 300,000 Canadian factory jobs have been axed in recent years...
AZEK Buying Railing Producer Composatron
BPD-Building Products Digest, CA  - May 8, 2008
Composite decking manufacturer AZEK Building Products, Scranton, Pa., is entering the composite railing market, after agreeing to acquire Composatron Manufacturing, Toronto, Ont. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Virtual border fence may become reality in Texas
Houston Chronicle, TX  - May 13, 2008
WASHINGTON — Sections of Texas' border with Mexico eventually could be secured by the same kind of high-tech "virtual fence" that's been deployed in Arizona, key legislators said Friday after touring the state-of-the-art surveillance network. ....

Stolen Fences

Man stole roadside fencing
Sunderland Echo, UK  - May 11, 2008
A man stole fence panels from beside the road in a bid to cash in on their scrap value. Durham Crown Court heard council workmen erected several panels around a bus stop on the A1086 Horden to Blackhall road in County Durham. But three men were seen loading spare ones, which had been chained to a tree, on to a pick-up truck...
Guardsman accused of stealing border fence material
Arizona Republic, AZ  - May 7, 2008
A Wyoming Air National Guard member stands accused of selling scrap metal he reportedly stole from the Department of Homeland Security's border-fence ...

DIY - Consumers

Fence Me In: Ideas for Defining Your Outdoor Space
Real Estate In Victoria, BC. Canada  - May 13, 2008
Good fences make good neighbours – and the right fence can really make your yard. These steps can help you find a style that works for your space...
Setting posts, stretching fence
Pittsburg Morning Sun, KS  - May 6, 2008
PITTSBURG — As a United Methodist, I believe that God changes us through his grace and that this grace, with the help of the Holy Spirit, can be received through works. As a part of my own personal theology of trying to get to heaven through yard work, I spent the morning pouring concrete around some fence posts I was setting in my back yard in order to repair my chain link fence...


Prison Fence Keeps Prisoners From Escaping
TurnTo23.com, CA  - May 12, 2008
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Prior to installing a security fence over a year ago, it was a common occurrence at the Lerdo Minimum Security Prison for some inmates to escape. There have been zero escapes since the fence was installed....

Local Government Issues

Province to fence Sikome Lake
Calgary Herald, Canada  - May 8, 2008
Concerns over crowd control, late-night drinking and strangers taking photos of children are prompting the province to build a fence around Sikome Lake...
Family angered by lack of fence at sand pit
Tallahassee Democrat, FL  - May 8, 2008
The 8-year-old boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon in an industrial sand pit will be buried Sunday at Southside Cemetery, on Capital Circle Southeast near the airport, his family said Thursday. Kyle Jones, a third-grader at Canopy Oaks Elementary School, fell into a pool of water in the sand pit near his home while looking for tadpoles...
Dangerous fence gets new attention
Ocala.com, FL  - May 7, 2008
The once-sagging section of chain link fence next to Interstate 75 has for years been the west end of a shortcut for children and adults alike going between ...
Council to set new regulations for fences
Burleson-Crowley Connection, TX  - May 8, 2008
Burleson residents will soon be met with changes taking place in their own backyards. The Burleson City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday night to amend city code affecting fences and buffer zones. City staff will make changes to the ordinance, and planning official Stephen Cook said the details will be ironed out in the next several months. Among other plans...


Community Issues

Homeowners, Fiesta Lanes developer clash over fences
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - May 12, 2008
Standing on the doorstep of her 1918 house, Terri Balandra read the letter. At first she got angry. Then, thinking it was a joke, she laughed. She's not laughing now. The San Jose homeowner and real estate broker is one of 17 people who've received heavy-handed letters from ROEM,...
Sandstorm Over Developer’s Beach Fence
East Hampton Star, NY  - May 8, 2008
A fence that was put up across a stretch of land overlooking the northwest corner of Lake Montauk to block access to the beach there drew a crowd — including a reporter and photographer from The New York Daily News — to the Montauk Citizens...
Residents: Fuzzy Green Fence Has Got to Go
Garden City Life, NY  - May 7, 2008
Back in November Garden City Life got word from Dartmouth Street resident Richard Bankosky of what he described as an "opaque green fence" running the length of Edgemere Road. Bankosky's home corners Edgemere Road and both himself and his neighbors for months have had to look at the green screening material ...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Indigenous owners drop Fraser Island dingo fence challenge
ABC Online, Australia  - May 10, 2008
A Queensland Indigenous group has dropped its legal attempt to stop the State Government's construction of dingo fences on Fraser Island. The Butchella people say they were not properly consulted about the fences, which they say have damaged sacred cultural sites near the townships of Eurong and Happy Valley...
Special fence is good news for forest newts
Scotsman, United Kingdom  - May 9, 2008
CONSERVATIONISTS have built a specially designed newt fence in a Scottish forest to protect the creatures from tree-felling work. When a colony of rare great crested newts was found in the Yair Forest near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, wildlife officers acted to protect them from nearby forestry work...

Fence Contractors in the News

An extreme act of helping Local fence company pitches in on this weekend's 'Extreme Makeover'
Fitchburg pride, NJ  - May 9, 2008
Project Manager Eric Page contacted 15 different fencing companies, trying to find one that would donate time and material for a house being rebuilt in Maynard as part of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." They all had no interest...
Stove starts fence company fire
Press of Atlantic City, NJ  - May 9, 2008
DENNISVILLE - A fire at a fence-making company Friday afternoon appears to have started in a wood-burning stove, authorities said Saturday...
Insurer agrees to pay for cost of fighting AZ wildfire
KVOA.com, AZ  - May 7, 2008
(AP) - The insurer of a fence company accused of sparking a 2006 wildfire that destroyed five buildings in central Arizona has agreed to pay $500000...

Fencing and Airports

Authority calls for airport renovation
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN  - May 7, 2008
...Other projects include painting Hangar 6, repairing the perimeter chain link fence and replacing the electronic gate operator. Clark told the committee the airport, which he described as "embarrassing," is a vital resource to stimulate economic growth and attract industries to Clarksville...

Pool Safety

Four-sided pool fences endorsed by committee
Toronto Star, Canada  - May 10, 2008
Toronto's requirement that all backyard pools be enclosed by a permanent four-sided fence, considered the most stringent rule in Canada, has been endorsed by a council committee....
Fences upheld in pool-safety vote
Toronto Star, Canada  - May 11, 2008
They weighed alarms and latches, pool covers and public education. In the end, the city's licensing committee voted Friday to uphold a five-month-old bylaw, requiring outdoor private swimming pools to be surrounded by four-sided fences. The bylaw -- the toughest in North America -- came into effect last December...


USA Canada Border Fence

Tancredo calls for fence on the Canadian border
Garden City Life, NY  - May 7, 2008
Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican famous for his fight against illegal immigration, said this week that the United States should build a fence along the Northern border with Canada. Tancredo was reacting to reports that the Canada Border Services Agency lost track of 41,000 people that were ordered deported ...

Historic Fences

Ranch's 19th-century fence preserves story of an early Oregon romance
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR  - May 11, 2008
Miles of splintered split-rail fence still crisscrosses the Maxwell Ranch in northeast Oregon, a relic of a long-ago romance between a beautiful girl who ...

Weird News

Man jailed when daughter fails to get diploma
Canoe, Canada - May 13, 2008
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man ordered by a judge to make sure his daughter hit the books has found himself in jail because she failed to earn a high school equivalency diploma...

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