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Industry News

Fence Manufacturer Nebraska Plastics Names New Business Development Manager
Building Online, CA  - Nov 24, 2008
COZAD, NE -- Bob McGrath has been named to the newly created position of Business Development Manager of Nebraska Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of Country Estate Fence, Deck & Railing. The announcement was made this week by Rex German....
Carolina Custom Fences Goes Direct in Aluminum Fencing
PR-CANADA.net (press release)  - Nov 21, 2008
Carolina Custom Fences LLC now buys their aluminum fencing products directly from the manufacturer. The savings are passed on to the customer, with an average savings of around $7.00 per foot. ...

Decking Industry News

Fiber Composites Announces Agreement with Reid and Wright, Inc. for Ten State Distribution
MarketWatch  - Nov 25, 2008
Fiber Composites, LLC, a leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing and fencing solutions, announces a partnership with Reid & Wright, Inc. in Broomfield, CO, to develop the Fiberon brand decking and railing presence in the Central Midwest states, ...
Fiber Composites teams with Huttig Building Products
Milwaukee Business Journal, WI  - Nov 18, 2008
Decking manufacturer Fiber Composites is expanding the distribution of its products in the West and Southwest through a partnership with Huttig Building Products...

Steel Industry News

Goldman Sachs cuts steel price forecast for 2009
Purchasing.com  - Nov 20, 2008
“Lower input costs next year, in combination with a frail demand environment around the world, will further weaken steel prices,” says Goldman Sachs analyst Sal Tharani...

Running Your Business

Creative Cost-Cutting Tactics For Small Biz
Forbes  - Nov 20, 2008
With credit locked up and consumers on the sidelines, small businesses should be sleuthing for any and all ways to shave expenses. Chopping heads only gets you so far--slice into muscle and you may be too hobbled to ride the rebound...

Fence Contractors in the News

Lewiston man paralyzed in canyon fall
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription), ID  - Nov 20, 2008
Perez was working for a fencing company based in Anatone building a wildlife boundary fence for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife when he lost his balance and fell headfirst down George Creek Canyon about 10 miles southwest of Asotin..
Fence Factory Assists in the Rescue Efforts for the Neglected Horses of a Lockwood Valley Ranch
Ventura County Star, CA  - Nov 19, 2008
When the Humane Society needed assistance in housing the 50 horses that were rescued from a Lockwood Valley Ranch in Ventura County, they called on Fence Factory. Through the generosity of Fence Factory in Saticoy and their vendors...
Enter the Ugly Fence Contest
WJHG-TV, FL  - Nov 20, 2008
Have you complained about your neighbor’s fence lately? Or better yet, has your neighbor complained about yours? If you answered yes to any of the above, we’ve got good news. There is an ugly fence contest in Bay County going on right now...

Local Government Issues

Future murky for 'too perfect' vinyl fence
Montgomery Advertiser, AL  - Nov 22, 2008
When Bryant Layson selected a fence to go around his backyard in historic Clover-dale-Idlewild, he chose vinyl because he considered it the most practical material available...
Millbrae celebrates removal of much-maligned fence
San Mateo County Times, CA  - Nov 18, 2008
MILLBRAE — A happy group of city officials gathered Tuesday morning to take a beautification step that many felt was long overdue...
Council rejects low fence bid
NJ.com, NJ  - Nov 20, 2008
SUMMIT -- Bids to replace the chain link fence on the Summit Avenue bridge, between Broad Street and Franklin Place, were rejected by Common Council at its Wednesday, Nov. 5, meeting...
Saginaw tax options on the table
The Saginaw News - MLive.com, MI  - Nov 20, 2008
Fence approved - Monday, the City Council approved a $184,789 security fence to protect the north face of the Water Treatment Plant on Ezra Rust and South Washington. A federal grant will cover $160,000, while the city pays the rest ...
County Tells MAC CV School Fences Were Not Authorized
Castro Valley Forum, CA  - Nov 19, 2008
Alameda County officials Monday night told the Municipal Advisory Council that the Castro Valley School District did not have the authority to. build some of the controversial security fences around local schools...
Saratoga planners agree on new fence ordinance, but vote was close
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Nov 19, 2008
The Saratoga Planning Commission finally rid itself of the monkey on its back on Nov. 12 by narrowly approving an updated version of the fence ordinance that has taken months and countless hours to put together...
Advisory Council asks district to address fencing issues
Daily Review Online, CA  - Nov 22, 2008
CASTRO VALLEY — Fencing recently installed at school district campuses are not in compliance with county standards, with some causing safety hazards to motorists, according to a county report given to the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council...

USA Mexico Border Fence

New border fencing gives undocumented immigrants a higher hurdle
Salt Lake Tribune, UT  - Nov 24, 2008
NACO, Mexico - Mario Garcia Salcido and a friend left home in Culiacan for this dusty speck of a border town last week, headed for jobs in an Idaho milk-processing plant....
Border Patrol says fence slows attacks on agents
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Nov 24, 2008
SAN DIEGO—The Border Patrol on Tuesday finished installing a razor-sharp, curled wire atop a fence on the Mexican border, saying the tactic has contributed to a sharp drop in attacks on its agents by assailants hurling ...
US Border Fence Keeps Out Critters, Too
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Nov 19, 2008
It's a different take on this emotional issue, looking at the unintended consequences of the 670 miles of fencing being put up by the Department of Homeland ...
Feds report success with border fence
KOB.com, NM  - Nov 22, 2008
Federal agents said the border fence in southern New Mexico is working. After a stretch of the fence was finished in May, border patrol agents said they have noticed a dropping number ...


Community Issues

City leaders, residents to discuss fencing project
The State, SC  - Nov 21, 2008
A fencing project that could improve safety in the North Columbia area will be discussed today during an 11:30 a.m. press conference today. The project is part of the city's recently launched Taking Back Our City initiative, which focuses on crime, safety and security issues throughout Columbia..
North Columbia residents thankful for fence
The State, SC  - Nov 21, 2008
On a chilly Friday morning as the holiday season is set to begin, 80-year-old Jeanette Whaley was feeling an early sense of thankfulness and peace...
Concerns raised over building of junk yard fence
Aiken Standard (subscription), SC  - Nov 25, 2008
An Aiken County Councilman believes he has the answer to shielding the "unsightly" salvage yard along Highway 1 at the entryway to the City of Aiken, but not everyone is on board with the plan, ...
Fence replaced at Ore. coast overlook
Seattle Times, WA  - Nov 19, 2008
CANNON BEACH, Ore. — A rail fence has been replaced at an Oregon Coast overlook where a young child slipped and nearly fell 150 feet. In June, 3-year-old Alaina Pitton toppled between the fence's rails while on vacation with her family...
New fence is part of Handley restoration
The Winchester Star, VA  - Nov 24, 2008
Winchester — Handley High School’s 3-year-old renovation and expansion project is moving outdoors. A brick-and-metal fence is scheduled to start going up around the school building this spring and completed by next fall...


Portage youth jail installs super security barrier
Winnipeg Sun, Canada  - Nov 24, 2008
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -- No unauthorized people get out ... or in. That's the plan when a new $300,000 perimeter intrusion detection system is completed at Agassiz Youth Centre....
Indiana prison's problem? People keep walking in
Chicago Tribune, IL  - Nov 19, 2008
A southern Indiana prison has an unusual problem: People keep wandering in from the outside. The Madison Correctional Facility announced Wednesday it's putting up a fence because joggers, ...
Residents' anger over 'prison' fence
Clitheroe Today, UK  - Nov 21, 2008
METAL safety fencing erected alongside a railway line has been branded an eyesore. Angry residents living along Richmond Terrace, Clitheroe, have blasted the move by Network Rail,, ...

Fences and Neighbors

General rules about neighboring fences & yards
News 8 Austin, TX  - Nov 18, 2008
There are certain issues pertaining to yards and fences that have legal implications. What do you do if you want to take down a fence but your neighbor does not? ...
Good neighbors make good fences
Sammamish Review, WA  - Nov 18, 2008
The Eastlake Little League unveiled a new temporary fencing system at the Inglewood Junior High softball field Oct. 28. The fencing unit was installed just before the final home game of the season for the Inglewood junior varsity softball team, said Eastlake Little League softball vice president Steve Pollis ...

Fences and Animals

Power Turned Off To Bird-Killing Fence
WYFF, SC  - Nov 20, 2008
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -- The power to an electric fence blamed for the deaths of dozens of birds has been turned off, and the fence will be rewired to prevent future bird deaths, according to the Department of Natural Resources....
Cross fencing and high tensile fence demonstration slated
WYFF, SC  - Nov 20, 2008
Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District and Virginia Cooperative Extension will sponsor a demonstration held at Rolling Hills Farm in Penhook, on Friday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 am...
NT to construct a toad-proof fence
ABC Online, Australia  - Nov 21, 2008
ELIZABETH JACKSON: Environmentalists in the Northern Territory are about to construct a series of new fences to stop the spread of cane toads. The toxic toad has spread throughout the Territory's Top End killing tens of thousands of native animals...

Historical Fences

Barbed-wire fences provided first 'telephone' link
Medicine Hat News, Canada  - Nov 21, 2008
In our current world of easy "wireless" telephone communication where iPhone, BlackBerry and at the very least ordinary cellphones dominate, it is difficult to imagine Medicine Hat more than 100 years ago when telephone contact relied on "barbed-wire."...


Organizations plea for fence on zero line
MorungExpress, IndiaL  - Nov 22, 2008
Meghalaya has a 443-km-long border with Bangladesh, of which more than 50 per cent fencing has been completed. The fence is to prevent Bangladeshi criminals ...


Weird News

Billboard thief's face used in ad campaign
Canoe, Canada  - Nov 25, 2008
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A thief caught on camera stealing expensive equipment picked the wrong target if wanted to keep a low profile: a billboard company that has plastered his image around New Zealand's largest city seeking his capture...

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