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  Question of the Week 5/6/08

Gas Prices
Gas prices are rising to new levels, (no kidding). I was just wondering how or if you are changing the way you do business because of it?
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Industry News

Rotary Gate Systems Debuts New Concept in Slide Gate Operators
Press Release  - May 5, 2008
“Finally, something different.” That was the phrase that Michael Jones, president of Rotary Gate Systems, Inc. heard over and over when his company introduced the patent pending SL-1000 gate operator at the FenceTech show this year in Las Vegas. “I've been coming to these shows for 20 years and this is the first time I have actually seen something new”...
Linear Introduces Upgraded Line of Dual-Purpose, Residential Commercial, and Multi-Family Duty Swing and Slide Gate Operators
PR-Inside.com  - May 6, 2008
CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 6, 2008) - Linear LLC, an innovator in access control products and gate and door operator systems, today announced the release of its upgraded SLD and SWD commercial-grade swing and slide DC gate operators. ...
Trex Company Reports First Quarter 2008 Net Sales of $119.5 ...
Business Wire (press release), CA  - May 6, 2008
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP), manufacturer and distributor of Trex® decking, railing, fencing and trim, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008....
Area firms among Va. 'Fantastic Fifty'
The Free Lance-Star, VA  - May 3, 2008
Mid Atlantic Vinyl was No. 42 on the list. The company, founded in 1996, is based off U.S. 1 just north of Massaponax Church Road in Spotsylvania. The company makes outdoor vinyl products including fencing, railing and decking ...

Decking Industry News

Environmentally Advanced Plastics Now a Popular Material for Decking and Trim
PR-Inside.com  - May 2, 2008
Beautiful outdoor decking is a popular, highly desirable addition to millions of American homes. So popular, in fact, that every year around this time a small army of contractors and do-it-yourselfers can be spotted adding, expanding or replacing a deck in preparation for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. ...
Under Pressure: Pace of change quickens for wood treaters
Building-Products.com, CA  - May 1, 2008
AFTER more than 15 years of ranking the Top 25 Pressure Treaters, this year BPD and The Merchant Magazine have decided, with the treating industry changing so quickly, that instead of looking back, ...

Decking Consumer News

New Generation Decks are the Latest Trend in Outdoor Living
KRIS-TV, TX  - May 5, 2008
Summer will be here before you know it. Are you planning on travel for your vacation? Thanks to the rising cost of oil, this summer many Americans will be staying close to home rather than purchasing expensive plane tickets or spending a small fortune on a road trip. Instead, people are expected to invest in upgrades to their outdoor living space at home...
Materials matter when considering design, durability
Modesto Bee, CA  - May 3, 2008
Take a trip to the grocery store and the question of the day is "Paper or plastic?" For homeowners thinking about adding a deck to their outdoor space — or replacing an existing one — the question becomes "Composite, plastic, vinyl or wood?"...

Chinese Steel in the News

Border fencing has Chinese steel
The Ironton Tribune  - May 1, 2008
When it was determined that Chinese steel was being used to build the new border fence between the United States and Mexico, it got the attention of the executive board of the Congressional Steel Caucus. The board, which includes Ohio 6th District Rep. Charlie Wilson, had a hearing Wednesday ...
Lawn and Garden Steel Fence Posts From China
Trading Markets (press release), CA  - May 2, 2008
The Commission hereby gives notice that it has instituted a review pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)) (the Act) to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty order on lawn and garden steel fence posts from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Hidalgo County, feds finalize levee-border fence agreement
Houston Chronicle, TX  - May 5, 2008
2008 AP McALLEN, Texas — Hidalgo County has finalized its agreement with the federal government to build a combination of levee and border fence along 22 ...
Boeing to Upgrade Arizona 'Virtual Fence'
Wall Street Journal, NY  - Apr 29, 2008
By AUGUST COLE Boeing Co. is preparing to revamp its troubled "virtual fence" border-surveillance system in Arizona, an attempt by the aerospace giant to ...

Fences and Neighbors

Local Briefly: Neighbors' fight over fence ends with a stabbing
HeraldNet, WA  - May 2, 2008
Two neighbors were fighting about a fence line around 11 am in the 17600 block of 442nd Drive SE, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rebecca ...
Avoid fighting about the fence
Riverview ThisWeek, Canada  - May 2, 2008
Whether it's for the children's security or to have more privacy, the installation of a fence requires some basic preparation. The first step is to decide on the placement of the fence. Obvious? Not always. If you're not careful, you could end up having either too little material or so much that you won't know what to do with it all...

Community Issues

Neighbors On Both Sides Of Fence Speak Out
TheDenverChannel.com, CO  - May 6, 2008
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- Some Highlands Ranch neighbors are debating over whether a gate designed to prevent traffic flow should be accessible by residents to some degree. The gate, which was installed in June, 2004...
Fence surrounding athletic field at top of boosters' wish list
Owings Mills Times, MD  - May 1, 2008
The immediate future may look bleak, but help and money soon may be on the way for the Owings Mills High Sports Boosters Club. District 11 Sen. Bobby Zirkin said funding for stadium upgrades is high on his to-do list, as is similar funding for New Town High in Owings Mills...


Fences in the Courts

Court rules Rowley selectman's 'spite' fence must come down
The Daily News of Newburyport, MA  - Apr 30, 2008
One of the town's fence viewers, a little-known group that exists in most towns for the sole purpose of reviewing fences, agreed the fence was a "spite"...
Fence fight goes to wire
Journal Live, UK  - May 5, 2008
ABUSINESSMAN who replaced a hedge surrounding his detached home with an industrial-style wire mesh fence has caused serious harm to the appearance of his picturesque neighbourhood, a planning expert has ruled. ...

Fences and Animals

Garrett steps in on dingo fence row
The Australian, Australia  - May 5, 2008
FEDERAL Environment Minister Peter Garrett has intervened to stop work on Fraser Island's controversial dingo-proof fences amid concerns that bulldozers ...

DIY - Consumers

Many options for new fencing
Edmonton Journal, Canada  - May 5, 2008
EDMONTON - Fences. Do they keep the curious out, or shelter those that live within their boundaries? However you choose to look at it, that dilapidated old thing bordering your yard could use a facelift ...
Faux cast-iron texture adds style to fencing
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - May 4, 2008
On the fence about what to do to spruce up a yard and garden? Ames True Temper's new, easy-to-install Fleur De Lys Fencing offers a delicate style certain to add a finished look to any yard or garden area. Fleur De Lys Fencing is made of an all-poly weatherproof material with a black finish and a faux cast-iron texture. It looks like expensive wrought iron fencing but isn't...
'A pretty good fence business day'
Greeley Tribune, CO  - May 4, 2008
It was, in the words of Rudy Garcia of west Greeley, "a pretty good fence business day." Garcia was joined by several other Greeley and Evans residents Saturday at Lowe's and Home Depot buying material to fix fences that buckled under the gusts of 60 mph winds that roared through the region most of Friday...

Local Government Issues

DDA asks for chain fence removal
Bradenton Herald, FL  - May 5, 2008
Downtown Development Authority will offer some businesses and residents money as an incentive to remove chain-link fences. However, not all businesses are receptive to the program since it requires them to have a PVC or aluminum replacement fence installed and share some of the expense...
Port Royal Design Review Board postpones fence decision
Beaufort Gazette, SC  - May 2, 2008
The Port Royal Design Review held off Thursday on a decision about an 8-foot high, 500-foot long galvanized, corrugated plating fence on the south end of ...
How can the Village mess up this badly on a simple fence ordinance?
Morris Daily Herald, IL  - May 1, 2008
I am writing in regards to the fence issue in Minooka that, apparently, no “official” has any answer to. We were denied our fence installation permit due to the fact that we wanted to put our fence along our back property line - tied into the two fences on either side of us (both of which run to the back property line). ...

Home Owner Associations

Woodholm Green HOA Board is forcing me to remove a fence that has been on property for 14 years
AHRC News Services, CA  - May 1, 2008
The Woodholm Green Homeowners Association board of directors is now demanding I remove my fence that's been on my property for 14 years. I purchased the home 7 years ago. I was never told or notified before March 2008 to remove the fence ...

Stolen Fences

5 teens arrested for stealing ornamental leaves from millionaire's fence
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY  - May 2, 2008
BEDFORD - Five teenagers allegedly tore metal leaves off a fence along Croton Lake Road. What they may not have known was that the fence is part of the estate of retired financier Michael Steinhardt, and that the handcrafted leaves were worth about $1,500 each, Bedford police Lt. Robert Mazurak said...


Fence Contractors in the News

La Prensa Hispana, CA  - May 3, 2008
Sam Acosta arrived in the United States at the age of 18 in 1973. As many do when they arrive, Sam took the first employment opportunity that came his way. This auspicious beginning towards achieving the “American Dream” ...

Pool Safety

Family gets program's 300th pool fence
AZ Central.com, AZ  - May 4, 2008
The Adopt-a-Pool-Fence Program celebrated its 300th pool fence installation in the backy ard of a north Phoenix family. The Hagens, a young working-class couple with a 22-month-old son, hosted Phoenix City Council members, fire department officials and FireStar Fund partners at their home Thursday...

Fencing and Railroads

Railroad: Fence falls to property owners
Gary Post Tribune, IN  - May 4, 2008
The railroad tracks where a 2-year-old was killed on Thursday afternoon in Gary lacked fencing to bar children from trains. But a railroad spokesman said fences are the responsibilty of the trailer park...

Weird News

Canadian military looking for Iron Man-type suits for overburdened soldiers
Canoe, Canada - May 5, 2008
OTTAWA - Iron Man Canuck may be appearing soon at a theatre near you. The Defence Department posted a contract tender Monday asking companies for proposals for high-tech body suits that could help Canadian soldiers carry bigger loads into battle....

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