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Industry News

CHAMBERLAIN® PARTICIPATES IN OPRAH'S "BIG GIVE" CHICAGO CHALLENGE City-Wide Movement Raises Nearly Half Million Dollars for the Interfaith House
Press Release - Apr 21, 2008
Elmhurst, IL – April 21, 2008 – When Oprah Winfrey surprised local Chicagoan Trey Gonzalez with $10,000 of her own money during her March 10, 2008 show and challenged him to turn it into "something bigger" ...

Best Vinyl Completes the Acquisition of Orange County, CA Based Saddleback Vinyl Products, Inc
BusinessWire, CA (press release) - May 15, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Vinyl Acquisition Corporation (“Best Vinyl”), a portfolio company of Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (“MCP II”),...
USR, Inc. Barriers Reach One Year of Service for U.S. Air Force in Iraq
PR Web (press release), WA - - May 15, 2008
Franklin, TN (PRWEB) May 15, 2008 -- In May 2007, the U.S. Air Force approved the use of Universal Safety Response's Xtreme Mobile Barrier . ...
CIC Access Provides New Biometric Access Control Systems
PRLog.Org (press release) - May 17, 2008
PRLog (Press Release) – May 19, 2008 – Amityville, NY – Biometric access control is a cutting-edge technology used for maintaining security. It replaces traditional systems of locks and access cards....
AAID Security Solutions Provides Low Cost Stand Alone Access Control For Gates
Data Collection Online (press release), PA - May 20, 2008
AAID Security Solutions introduces their low cost AA-CX100-R and AA-CX100-S . ...
BD Loops Gears Up to Handle Continued Growth
Professional Door Dealer - May 14, 2008
BD Loops, a leading supplier of inductance loops, reports a 32-percent increase in business for 2007. Owner Ted Dickson notes, “It was a year full of surprises. We moved in our new building less that two years....

Decking Industry News

AERT Set to Answer Consolidated Allegation
Chicago Tribune, IL  - May 17, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark., May 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- In the two lawsuits brought against Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies ("AERT") (Nasdaq:AERT) in Federal District Court in Seattle, Washington, ...
Canadian firm plans plant here
Greenville News, SC  - May 17, 2008
The plant will make wood/polymer composite for use in composite decking board made by Guardian Building Products Distribution Inc., a Greer-based distributor and manufacturer of building materials. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Razor wire to top San Diego-Tijuana border fence
Chicago Tribune, IL  - May 17, 2008
SAN DIEGO—The U.S. Border Patrol is installing razor-sharp concertina wire atop border fencing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, marking a major shift in approach along a frequently violent stretch of the border. ...
Texas coalition sues to stop construction of border fence
Dallas Morning News, TX  - May 17, 2008
WASHINGTON – A group of Texas cities and business groups has sued the Department of Homeland Security to stop the construction of a fence along the border with Mexico...
Officials credit border fence
United Press International  - May 19, 2008
RANCHO ANAPRA, Mexico, May 18 (UPI) -- The fence along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border has made it difficult for human and drug smugglers to reach American soil, officials say. The border fence is the largest and most expensive undertaking by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,...

Community Issues

Close call for boy, 9, leads to fence near ballfields at park
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - May 19, 2008
LAKESIDE – Parents of children who played at Cactus Park had long worried about the transients who live in the brush and weeds along the San Diego River by the Lakeside ballfields. ...
Fence No Longer Issue For LP Woman
News Dispatch, IN  - May 19, 2008
LA PORTE - Martha Almaraz will get to keep her fence. "I'm going to cry," the single mother said after the Board of Zoning Appeals voted this week to consider her 6-foot picket fence grandfathered in, abstaining it from a 14-year-old..
Dog park fencing to be reconfigured
News 10 Now, NY  - May 20, 2008
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Volunteers will help reconfigure the fenced-in area of the city's Festival Lands. Officials from the city of Ithaca and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced this week the area needed ..
Is Witter pool open for business?
KXLY, WA  - May 19, 2008
SPOKANE -- The swim season has officially started as the Witter pool has opened for lap swimmers and life guard training. However by the looks of things you might think the pool is closed....
Fencing For Access
KIDK, ID  - May 20, 2008
Both sides have their story. And it's all over a fence, a tree and public use of land. John Ellsworth: "Mr Johnson approached us last summer, the board of directors, we met with him. He asked if he could put a gate there and we denied him."...
Don't fence me in
Explorer News, AZ  - May 14, 2008
Marana resident Steve Huff likes to gaze out his window and look at the Tucson Mountains, which stand just beyond his property. But now, he has one more thing to look at in the morning — a four-foot-tall wire fence...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

BLM struggles to find balance on Green Mountain allotment
Emediawire (press release), WA  - May 18, 2008
...Many of these riparian areas are ailing, and have been for years, BLM officials say. In an attempt to rejuvenate them, the agency is proposing to divide the allotment up into six smaller ones, and install nearly 100 miles, and about $1 million..
Protective Fence Along Portneuf River
KIDK, ID  - May 17, 2008
Dozens of volunteers spent the day building a new fence along parts of the Portneuf River to help improve water quality and wildlife habitat. But it could be several years before today's efforts start paying off. This section of the Portneuf River near Chesterfield Reservoir used to be a blue ribbon trout stream. ....
More bird protection fencing vandalized on NC beach
WRAL.com, NC  - May 19, 2008
BUXTON, NC — The National Park Service says an area protecting endangered birds on Hatteras Island has been expanded after someone tore down fencing and ...
Guards removing thousands of gazelles caught in wire border fence
Mongolia Web News, Mongolia  - May 19, 2008
Hundreds of gazelles were reported dead this week after being snagged in barbed wire at the Mongolian border as they sought to cross into Russia...
Monmouth County parks officials to reconsider scope of deer fence
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - May 20, 2008
MIDDLETOWN — Monmouth County Park System officials said Monday night they will consider whether plans to erect a deer fence around the 22-acre Shaw ...


Fence Contractors in the News

Metro Atlanta Fence Installation Company Breaks Ground for New Facility
Emediawire (press release), WA  - May 18, 2008
Kennesaw, GA (PRWEB) May 18, 2008 -- First Fence of Georgia (1stfence.com), a leading North Georgia and metro Atlanta fence installation company, announced today that the company has broken ground for their new facility on w...
Quality Fence comes to the aid of a boy lacking a safe play area
Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN  - May 18, 2008
WEST TERRE HAUTE — For Barbara Sollars and Nancy Alkire, it only took one person to prove there are still good people in the world — Matt Dillon. Alkire called Dillon at Quality Fence...

Homeland Security

Navy fence forces Halifax harbour to go deep
National Post, Canada  - May 15, 2008
HALIFAX -- The Halifax Port Authority is poised to dredge the harbour so giant container ships can manoeuvre around a floating security fence installed by ...
Anti-terror fence goes up for Maryb'h firies
Fraser Coast Chronicle, Australia  - May 20, 2008
A 2.4m barrier fence is being built as an "anti-terrorist measure", says Queensland Fire and Rescue north coast region strategic development acting manager...
Fence gets one bid
Duncan Banner, OK  - May 16, 2008
WAURIKA — Waurika city commissioners addressed two longstanding projects during a regular meeting May 5, and were able to report some progress was being made on one. More than two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security mandated that the City of Waurika build a security fence to enclose...
Belmont water supply to have more protection
Laconia Citizen, NH  - May 20, 2008
Members of the Board of Selectmen have accepted a grant that will help the town install additional fencing to protect its drinking water supply...

Local Government Issues

City commissioners approve new cemetery fence and grant for beautification project
Sequoyah County Times, OK  - May 20, 2008
City Manager Bill Baker said, "We have been looking at improving and doing some additional beatification at the cemetery, and we have about $145,000 in the cemetery fund. It could be as much as $165,000 next year." ...
Minnesota seeking contractors to install fence in TB Management Zone
Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide, ND  - May 17, 2008
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is compiling a list of authorized contractors and material suppliers who will install fence in the Management Zone in northwest Minnesota this summer. In addition, general deer exclusion fencing specifications have been established and posted ...
Faulty fencing fixed?
BrooklynPapers.com, NY  - May 15, 2008
A dilapidated fence surrounding a Bay Ridge rail yard will be replaced, patching up holes that turned the site into a homeless encampment and safeguarding a jet fuel pipeline that neighbors fear could be a terror target..
Man challenges fence bylaw to protect his cats
Thunder Bay's Source, Canada  - May 16, 2008
A local resident is getting ready to fight a city bylaw dealing with fences because he wants to make one ten feet tall to protect his cats from other cats. So Wayne Schulz wants a bigger fence, but the city won't allow it.– the current maximum height allowed is six feet....


Pool Safety

Fence the backyard pool for safety
OCRegister, CA  - May 20, 2008
A recent scare that could have turned tragic made Dwight Siemens and his wife, Mary, do something they had never done in the 10 years they've lived in their Clovis, Calif., home. They called All-Safe Pool Barriers in Fresno, Calif., to enclose their swimming pool with a removable mesh fence...
Free pool fence helps clear way for couple to adopt
Arizona Republic, AZ  - May 15, 2008
After 20 years of trying to have children, a pool fence might finally do the trick for Lori and Jim Wilkins. The Gilbert couple, who are in the process of adopting three children, received a free pool fence courtesy of Fulton Homes and KMLE 108 FM on Thursday morning. Ironman Pool Fence did the installation...
Fencing them IN or Out
Warren Times Observer, PA  - May 15, 2008
That backyard pool can look awfully inviting. If there’s no fence around it, it can be awfully dangerous. Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code requires building permits for pools capable of holding a depth of at least 24 inches of water....

DIY - Consumers

Tom Sawyer could have avoided fence paint altogether
South County Journal, MO  - May 16, 2008
People use a fence for more than a leaning post when they chat. Tim Kelley, president of Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions Inc., says the top three reasons for getting one today are to protect pets, children and swimming pools. Beyond that, reasons cross the spectrum, from ...
Choosing the Right Fence
WRAL.com, NC  - May 13, 2008
Adding a fence around your property can provide you with instant privacy and a sense of security for children and pets. Fences can also add beauty, character and certainly value to your home. But before making an investment in a fence it is important to consider several factors and to take a look at all the available options...

Fence - Video Game

WiiWare and Virtual Console releases (5-19-08 Critter-fencing edition)
Ars Technica, MA  - May 19, 2008
The critters have escaped and the barnyard is in chaos! It's up to you to quickly corral the animals in this puzzle-action challenge. You'll have to mend fences in a hurry to keep all the critters safe and satisfied....


PetroVietnam to build $2.4 mln fence for first oil refinery
Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam  - May 13, 2008
The National Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam) will spend VND40 billion (US$2.4 million) to build a security fence around the oil pipelines at the Dung Quat oil refinery...
US plans a new big prison for its "big" plans in Afghanistan
DailyIndia.com, FL  - May 17, 2008
Washington, May 17: The Pentagon is planning to build a new 40-acre detention complex on the main American military base in Afghanistan, which means that the US intends to continue to hold prisoners overseas for years to come. Ostensibly the reason for constructing the new prison is to overcome serious health risks to Afghan detainees...

Weird News

Mass. officer's gun goes off during safety class
Canoe, Canada - May 20, 2008
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety...

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