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Industry News

US Fencing Demand to Reach 935 Million Linear Feet in 2012
TransWorldNews (press release), GA  - Oct 20, 2008
US demand for fencing is forecast to expand approximately two percent per annum to 935 million linear feet in 2012. Although this pace represents an improvement from the 2002-2007 period in terms of linear feet....
Toro Introduces New Gas-Powered Dingo® TX 427 Compact Utility Loaders
Press Release, MN  - Oct 15, 2008
The Toro Company unveils the latest additions to its Dingo® compact utility loader family — the narrow and wide track TX 427 models. Both TX 427 loaders feature a robust 27-hp Kohler® engine that delivers added torque for increased pulling and digging force...

Wheatland Tube: Russian steelmaker reneging on deal
Sharon Herald, PA  - Oct 20, 2008
Russian steelmaker Novolipetsk Steel is reneging on a $3.5 billion deal to buy Wheatland Tube Co.’s owner, according to a lawsuit. In August Novolipetsk inked a deal to buy John Maneely Co. from The Carlyle Group and the Zekelman family, which was initially set to close on Sept. 29...
Great Fence Distributors Announces Fall 2008 Discounts on Ornamental Aluminum Fencing
PR Web (press release), WA  - Oct 16, 2008
Great Fence Distributors is seeking to help homeowners by offering deep discounts during Fall 2008. This will allow families to easily purchase pre-built aluminum fencing and have it delivered directly to their job sites for unheard of low prices...

Decking Industry News

Sensibuilt Building Solutions Unveils A New Website
NewswireToday  - Oct 17, 2008
Sensibuilt Building Solutions, LLC, the leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality alternative building materials, announces the launch of their new website, sensibuilt.com. Contractors, trade professionals and consumers alike can visit the Sensibuilt website for highlights such as valuable information about decking and the decking industry..
Trex® Refutes Allegations Issued By Americas Watchdog
NewswireToday  - Oct 14, 2008
Trex Company (www.trex.com) today responded to a press release distributed by Americas Watchdog Homeowners Consumer Center announcing a national investigation of Trex® decks and Trex decking material used in new homes built in the United States after 2004...
Biddeford company lays off 25 employees
KeepMEcurrent.com, ME  - Oct 15, 2008
Correct Building Products of Biddeford announced the company has reduced its workforce by 25 employees, effective Oct. 10. The cutbacks coincide with a seasonal downturn in the building products market, along with the current financial and credit difficulties that ...
Free EZ Stair Calculator TM is now available online at EZ-Stairs.Com
PRLog.Org (press release),  - Oct 15, 2008
...For the Decking Industry’s use of the EZ Stair Calculator TM, full calculations are made for either wood or composite stairs, including a variation on treads utilized and suggested manufacturers to use in the construction process. Go to www.ez-stairs.com to access the EZ Stair Calculator TM ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Police investigate Fairview Cemetery fence
New Britain Herald, CT  - Oct 19, 2008
NEW BRITAIN - There is a criminal investigation under way into the replacement - or lack of replacement - of the Fairview Cemetery fence...
'A huge effect'
Times, IN  - Oct 19, 2008
HAMMOND | The drop in the supply of steel scrap and its huge price increase can pound the profits of the small manufacturers who use it to produce their products. Chain link fencing is made one of the many items of steel scrap material, said George Huskisson, owner of Hammond Fence....
How Partnering with Like Minded Businesses Can Help Weather the Crunch
AJP Online, UK  - Oct 21, 2008
Andrew Fairhurst of Urban Fencing has experienced the benefits of partnering with DSM Fencing “We linked to provide a brand new sport facility for Norcross Football & Tennis club in Thornton Cleveleys. ...
Fence firm supplies fabrics for exotic island hotel
Burnley Citizen, UK  - Oct 19, 2008
A LUXURY hotel on an exotic island in the Pacific Ocean has been decked out in fabrics made by a Pendle firm. Designs, by Panaz, of Spring Mill, in Fence, are gracing the interior of the Aurora Hotel....

Community Fence Projects

Fundraiser for fence of history at Delco's Eden Cemetery
Philadelphia Daily News, PA  - Oct 16, 2008
In 1782, James Dexter, a freed slave and activist, petitioned the state to install a fence around a black burial ground in Philadelphia's Congo Square, to protect the entombed within....

Fences and Neighbors

Colourful fence fiasco continues
Minden Times, Canada  - Oct 16, 2008
The fiasco over a fence on a Gull River property north of Norland has been left in the hands of Minden’s chief building official. At their meeting last week, ...
'Bone of contention' fence
Weston & Somerset Mercury, UK  - Oct 19, 2008
A DILAPIDATED fence that has been a bone of contention in Portishead for more than a year has now become a health and safety risk. The fence, on Wyndham Way ...
School Fences
Chicago Sun-Times, IL  - Oct 17, 2008
An "obsession.'' That's how one attorney describes a fence between the Edgebrook homes of Sally Pikarsky and two Chicago police officers. ...
If you want a fence, you’ll have to pay
Victoria Advocate, TX  - Oct 18, 2008
The fence between my yard and my neighbor’s blew down in Hurricane Ike. I took responsibility for replacing the fence and restoring it to the same condition it was before the storm. I have asked my neighbor to pay his half and he has refused....

Homeland Security

High-security research labs not so high security
The Associated Press  - Oct 16, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Intruders could easily break into two U.S. laboratories where researchers handle some of the world's deadliest germs, according to congressional investigators. The Associated Press identified the vulnerable lab locations as Atlanta and San Antonio. ...

Local Government Issues

How a simple white picket fence brought change to St. Clair Shores
Detroit Free Press, MI  - Oct 21, 2008
The fiasco over a fence on a Gull River property north of Norland has been left in the hands of Minden’s chief building official. At their meeting last week, ...
Alarm over water storage ponds
The Ashburton Guardian, New Zealand  - Oct 21, 2008
Farmers could soon face bills running into thousands of dollars as swimming pool fencing legislation is extended to include on-farm reservoirs. The growing number of water storage ponds on farms that are built close to ...
Austin State Hospital waiting for funds to fix cemetery fence
Austin American-Statesman, TX  - Oct 20, 2008
I drive down 51st Street every day, and I wonder why the fencing at the cemetery has never been finished. The posts are up and beautiful, and the gates are finished. The rest of the wrought iron has yet to be installed...
Fence fiasco riles homeowners
Tampa Bay's 10, FL  - Oct 17, 2008
Land O' Lakes, Florida - Good fences make good neighbors; at least that's how the old saying goes. But that's definitely not the case in one Land O' Lakes neighborhood...
Saratoga planners seeking concensus on fence ordinance
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Oct 14, 2008
The Saratoga City Council sat down with the planning commission during a joint public study session on Oct. 7 to solidify the overall goals of the updated fence ordinance. The commission has sought a consensus on certain issues ....
Zinc fence removal project under way in Whitfield Town
Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica  - Oct 18, 2008
A drive to replace zinc fences with concrete structures is under way in Whitfield Town, an inner-city community of southwest St Andrew. The effort has brought residents of this low-income area together ...

DIY - Consumers

Options exist to replace fences
The Daily Advertiser, LA  - Oct 18, 2008
Have an old fence that is in need of repairs? If so, now may be a good time to consider replacing it as there is something for everyone....

Fences and Animals

Otter fencing plans 'ridiculous' - claim
East Anglian Daily Times, UK  - Oct 14, 2008
SECURITY fences are to be built near a busy junction - to stop otters getting on to the road. But a local farmer reacted with disbelief at the plans ...
Project to keep cattle away from river
ABC Online, Australia  - Oct 20, 2008
The $320,000 project will help farmers keep stock away from the Clarence River and out of key fish habitats. The money will be used for fencing and providing water sources other than the river itself....



Oshkosh Correctional Institution installing a stun fence
Oshkosh Northwestern, WI  - Oct 20, 2008
Oshkosh Correctional Institution, along with other correctional facilities in the state, is installing an electrified fence as part of a security upgrade....

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border fence begins on Brownsville campus
DAILY TEXAN, TX  - Oct 19, 2008
Work crews from Construction-Rent-A-Fence of Thrall, Texas, broke ground this week on a 10-foot border fence that will run 71 miles along the southern end of the UT-Brownsville campus....
A Growing Divide at the Border
Washington Post, DC  - Oct 18, 2008
BORDER FIELD STATE PARK, Calif. -- Each face would be overlaid with the rusted chain links of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, but Jorge Ibarra snapped the photos anyway...

Schools and Fences

School Fences
The Ashburton Guardian, New Zealand  - Oct 18, 2008
After having read the latest letters to the CV Forum regarding the fences around CV schools - I’m glad people are speaking up! I figured I didn’t really have a say in the matter since even though we live in CV ...
School security fence approved
The Bolton News, UK  - Oct 20, 2008
A SCHOOL in Smithills has been given permission to put up a security fence around its grounds. Councillors approved the plans for Johnson Fold Primary School in Worston Drive ...


Weird News

89-year-old Ohio woman charged with theft for keeping kids' ball
Canoe, Canada - Oct 20, 2008
BLUE ASH, Ohio - Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighbourhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football...

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