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Industry News

SecureUSA Inc. develops green pollution free anti terrorist vehicle barriers
WebWire (press release), GA  - May 22, 2008
May 22nd, Atlanta, GA, SecureUSA Inc is setting a new standard for the perimeter security industry through the development of new environmentally friendly, fully electric vehicle barrier solutions. Aware of its environmental responsibilities SecureUSA now has a full range of green crash rated vehicle barriers and bollards, ranging from K4 to K12 levels....
Sirit RFID Reader Chosen For Postal Application
RFID Solutions Online (press release), PA  - May 27, 2008
Sirit Inc. ("Sirit") (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification ("RFID") technology, today announced that the INfinity 510 ("IN510") UHF reader was selected for Finland's postal delivery service RFID implementation. Readers have been installed across the country as part of a system to monitor and quantify the speed and accuracy of real-time postal deliveries...

Industry News - Reports

Fence & Swimming Pool Contractors in the US Covers the Scope, Size, Disposition and Growth of the Industry Including the Key Sensitivities and Success Factors
BusinessWire, CA  - May 21, 2008
DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92452) has announced the addition of "Fence & Swimming Pool Contractors" in the US to their offering...
Changing Landscape of Building Products Distribution Is the Focus of a New Study from Principia Partners
BusinessWire, CA  - May 27, 2008
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the pressures resulting from the protracted slump in new residential construction in the United States, the estimated $600 billion building products distribution industry serving residential and light commercial construction will look different in years to come. ...

Decking Industry News

Composite deck looks good longer
Indianapolis Star, IN  - May 23, 2008
You might be ready for a big three-day weekend, but is your deck? If your entertainment area is a wreck, it's time to hit the deck with something new. Tired of cleaning and sealing your deck, pounding nails back in or, even worse, flipping or replacing boards? ...
AERT Plant Fire Contained
CNNMoney.com (press release)  - May 21, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark., May 21, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- At approximately 8:45 AM this morning, a fire broke out in one of Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies' (Nasdaq:AERT) raw material storage silos at the Springdale South plant. The Springdale fire department together with plant technicians had been monitoring a buildup of heat in the silo since yesterday morning...

USA Mexico Border Fence

The Border Fence: A Texas Turf War
TIME  - May 22, 2008
Perhaps no one told Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, even though he works in the Bush White House, that you don't mess with Texas. Why else would he be pushing so hard to build a border fence that folks in the Lone Star State don't want, so much so that a group of South Texas leaders have now hauled him into court? ....
Tax Dollars Used To Fight Border Fence
KFOXtv.com, TX  - May 28, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Commissioners have already expressed their opinion that they don't want more fencing in the El Paso area. Earlier this month they voted 3-1 on the Anti-Border Wall Resolution...
Is Fence Protection or Political Gesture?
RedOrbit, TX  - May 24, 2008
CONGRESS' FAILURE to enact comprehensive immigration reform continues its toxic spill. The Texas Border Coalition, which includes several of that state's border cities, has filed a lawsuit charging that in its hellbent rush to erect a 700-mile fence along part of the border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security has run roughshod over property rights...
Feds announce 81 mile N.M. border fence (6:28 a.m.)
Las Cruces Sun-News, NM  - May 21, 2008
LAS CRUCES — The Department of Homeland Security plans nearly 81 miles of border fence between Santa Teresa to the state's Bootheel, the Albuquerque Journal reports in this morning's edition...

Local Government Issues

ODOT replaces fence toppled along Airport Drive
Columbus Dispatch, OH  - May 27, 2008
About 90 yards of chain-link fence was knocked down along a bend on Airport Drive on a slope overlooking I-670. A reader e-mailed The Watch that a motorist who wasn't paying attention could end up rolling downhill onto the highway. We contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation and, at its request, sent photos ...
Flint, Flint Township residents battle over fence
ABC12.com, MI  - May 26, 2008
GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -- (05/26/08)--A fence in a Genesee County neighborhood is doing more than just dividing two communities. Some residents in a nearby apartment complex say it's downright dangerous....
New rules on walls, fences
Manly Daily, Australia  - May 20, 2008
NOTHING divides neighbours like a fencing dispute, so the State Government has moved to make laws on fences fairer and more efficient. Both Labor and Coalition MPs from around Sydney supported the changes and recalled many vicious brawls over fences among neighbours...
Walker: Planners to look at new fence rules
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com, MI  - May 23, 2008
WALKER -- Kristy VanDenBrand wants a new fence ordinance so she can stop seeing red every time she leaves her house. VanDenBrand, of 2335 Glenvalley Drive NW, said a neighbor installed a privacy fence that has the letters "FP" spray-painted on it -- on the side facing her property...
Access 33 fence nears completion
Lumina News, NC  - May 22, 2008
Very few obstacles remain for the town of Wrightsville Beach Public Works Department as it strives to meet its Friday deadline for the installation of a 6-foot-high wooden fence at the site of Public Access No. 33...
Fence rule divides Payson Town Council
Payson Roundup, AZ  - May 21, 2008
The ordinance would apply to new and remodeled fences, but would not affect existing fences. The long list of restrictions coupled with a requirement the ...

Fences and Animals

Wild dogs gorge on stock as rabbit-proof fence falls apart
MPNnow.com, NY  - May 24, 2008
The century old rabbit-proof fence, WA’s first line of defence against millions of invading pests, is in such disrepair farmers warn its condition allows wild dogs to run riot and attack stock...
Board not locked into idea of a deer fence
Asbury Park Press, NJ  - May 22, 2008
MIDDLETOWN — Erecting a deer fence completely around the 22-acre Shaw Arboretum at Holmdel Park may not be neighbor-friendly or cost-efficient, members of the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners said at their meeting at Tatum Park on Monday night...


Fence Contractors in the News

Fascinated by the thorny legacy of Baker County's fence builders
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - May 27, 2008
I've concluded that fence-builders must have a bit of the mountain goat in them. And, of course, a pair of stout leather gloves. I have been for many years fascinated by fences...
Building fences, mending hearts
Hillsdale Daily News, MI  - May 27, 2008
Hillsdale, Mich. — When it comes to digging holes, Kari Tracy had dug herself into one so deep it took some mending to set her fence straight. A project that should have taken days to complete was on and off again for a year due to weather, scheduling and other conflicts...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

'Fence builders' pocket jewelry
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - May 24, 2008
A Hollywood woman was the victim of a costly scam. The 81-year-old woman told police she answered a knock on the front door of her home in the 1200 block of Hollywood Boulevard about 5:30 p.m. May 5. The man who stood there said he was building a fence for her neighbors to the east and needed to inspect the property line...

Home Owner Associations

Tear down that fence
MPNnow.com, NY  - May 24, 2008
Thirty-two residents of the Farmbrook subdivision off Route 332 may have to move fences off their property at their own expense, according to letters sent to them by the Farmbrook Homeowners’ Association’s Board of Directors.....

Community Issues

Erect high fence
The Ottawa Citizen  - May 23, 2008
Michael Pilon is upset at the disregard and disrespect shown to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. So he should be. We should all be outraged! Columnist Kelly Egan writes that "several federal departments put their heads together and agreed ...
Fence installed at Kellogg Lake Park
Carthage Press, MO  - May 22, 2008
CARTHAGE, Mo. - More than 2,300 feet of steel pipe and cable fence now line some of the roads and parking areas of Kellogg Lake. Installed at a cost of about $11,000, Carthage Parks Director Alan Bull said the fence was needed to stop people from driving on the grass in parts of the park...
Pub ordered to remove fence and awning
The Star, UK  - May 23, 2008
AN HISTORIC pub in Sheffield's green belt has been ordered to take down a fence and an awning because they were put up without planning permission. Despite pleas from pub bosses for a 'stay of execution,' planning bosses have told the owners of the Norfolk Arms on Ringinglow Road they must take both down....

Fences and Neighbors

Fence is a Hurdle for Neighbors
RedOrbit, TX  - May 23, 2008
EAST PROVIDENCE -- It's a Memorial Day tradition at City Solicitor William Conley's house. He dusts off his pruning shears, walks over to the edge of his property and clips off any of his neighbor's branches and shrubs that have crossed the boundary line. Conley said he doesn't need permission from his neighbor nor does he have to get law enforcement and others involved. It's his and every property owners' right...

Community Fence Projects

Nahant Lifesaving Station board seeks volunteers to help install new fence
The Daily Item of Lynn, MA  - May 20, 2008
NAHANT - Work is progressing on the Nahant Lifesaving Station and this summer beachgoers will have access to restroom facilities inside the Nahant Lifesaving Station garage for visitors to Short Beach....

Navajo Fence

Navajos get fence funds
Deseret News, UT  - May 22, 2008
The Navajo Nation has received nearly $500000 in federal funding to build a 126-mile fence along the western border of the reservation. The fence line separates the boundaries of the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument and the Navajo Nation. It will replace a fence first constructed in the 1930s by the Conservation Corps...
126 mile fence along the Western Navajo Border underway
Native Times  - May 22, 2008
The fencing project will start in the Cameron chapter area near the Navajo Nation border and the Little Colorado river and conclude just east of Grey...

Fencing and Airports

Airport fence could be finished by year’s end
Youngstown Vindicator, OH  - May 21, 2008
John Masternick, a member of the Western Reserve Port Authority, which runs the airport, said the priority of the fencing project has put airport expansion ....

Pool Safety

Council shuns pool bylaw
Chatham Daily News, Canada  - May 26, 2008
Local pools should be regulated through common sense, as opposed to another bylaw, according to municipal council. The Chatham-Kent Board of Health recommended that four-sided fencing become mandatory for all new pools to reduce the risk of a child drowning. However, Chatham Coun. Steve Pickard entered a motion Monday that focused on education ...
City won't dive into pool bylaw; Councillors decide to seek public input on proposed change
Orillia Packet & Times, Canada  - May 27, 2008
A plan to stiffen safety standards to prevent drownings in backyard pools has been put on the shelf to let the public have a say. ...



Smart fences for J&K airbases
Chandigarh Tribune, India  - May 23, 2008
The IAF is installing smart power fences to guard its bases located in Jammu and Kashmir. These fences would be sensitive to motion and body heat and detect any breach of the airbase’s perimeter...

Weird News

La. barber ticketed for Monday work
Canoe, Canada - May 26, 2008
HOUMA, La. - Police in this town wouldn't cut a break for a barber who ran afoul of an obscure law barring him from working Sundays and Mondays. Clyde Scott had opened his shop May 19 just to trim up a few students getting ready for their graduation ceremony when an officer gave him a citation...

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