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Industry News

Outdoor Technologies closes facilities
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS  - Oct 27, 2008
Outdoor Technologies closed all U.S. operations over the weekend because of the adverse economy. Outdoor Technologies, which is owned by Jancor Limited, produces vinyl fence, deck, rail and garden products ...
SecureUSA Develops Solution to Increase Life Cycle of Anti Terrorist Vehicle Barriers
PR-CANADA.net (press release),  - Oct 26, 2008
SecureUSA announced today the release of a new module to eliminate lifecycle and power issues associated with the MP5000 portable vehicle barrier. The new module can be easily and quickly installed in the field, providing a cost effective solution for rehabilitating malfunctioning access control equipment...
Wheatland Tube Co. is recalling 140 of 170 laid-off employees
Youngstown Vindicator, OH  - Oct 25, 2008
WHEATLAND, Pa. — Wheatland Tube Co. is recalling 140 of 170 temporarily laid-off workers. Company President Bill Kerins said those workers are to come back Monday. They had been laid off for a week because of the economic slowdown, he said...

Decking Industry News

Fiberon In, WeatherBest Out:
Building-Products.com, CA  - Oct 24, 2008
Fiber Composites LLC, New London, N.C., is phasing out the WeatherBest name and will focus all of its product development and marketing efforts on the Fiberon brand of decking, railing and fencing products...
Biddeford company provides deck for TV show
KeepMEcurrent.com, ME  - Oct 24, 2008
Correct Building Products, a Biddeford-based company, in cooperation with Erie Materials of western New York state, donated a low maintenance, sustainable CorrectDeck CX for Extreme Makeover:Home Edition's recent rebuilding project in Geneva, N.Y...

Homeowner Remodeling Spending

Harvard Study: Erosion of Homeowner Remodeling Spending Continues
BuildingOnline, CA  - Oct 24, 2008
The weak economy and uncertainty in housing markets remain key hurdles for remodeling activity according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. ...

Fences and Weather

Fixing fences Ike wrecked will take weeks
Texas Cable News, TX  - Oct 27, 2008
LA MARQUE, Texas—After six weeks of devastating images from Hurricane Ike, Debbie Marshall’s blown-down backyard fence might not seem like that much of a big deal. However, it is a big deal to her. ...
Lightning strike kills 52 cows
Digital Spy, UK  - Oct 27, 2008
A lightning strike killed 52 cows that were huddling against a wire fence as protection from the storm. Police in Uruguay released a picture of the black and brown cows found lying in a row on a ranch in the northern state of San Jose...
Storm destroys part of Spain's North African fence
Reuters South Africa  - Oct 26, 2008
MADRID, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A storm washed away part of a wall designed to keep out illegal immigrants crossing into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Sunday and heavy rains flooded many of the city's streets...

Local Government Issues

New fence planned for Patterson District Cemetery
Patterson Irrigator, CA  - Oct 24, 2008
If all goes according to plan, the Patterson District Cemetery could have a complete facelift by next summer. Bryan Bingham, the cemetery’s general manage ...
City adopts new ordinance prohibiting wooden fences
Madison County Journal, MS  - Oct 23, 2008
MADISON - The city has adopted a new fence ordinance that would outlaw wooden fences in yards facing major roadways. Community Development Director Alan Hoops presented the ordinance to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday, saying that it was modeled after one used in Germantown, Tenn. ...
Fence fiasco is over
Tampa Bay's 10, FL  - Oct 23, 2008
Land O'Lakes, Fla. - Dupree Lakes residents love their homes because of their serene surroundings which are tucked away in the woods and rich in wildlife. Nothing separated them from being one with nature, until the county put in a chain link fence....
Higher front-yard fences OK'd
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - Oct 25, 2008
A new amendment to Lemon Grove's fence regulations allows residents to install front-yard fences up to 6 feet, with certain limitations, said Robert Larkins, community development director for the city. Currently, fences' heights cannot exceed 3½ feet ...
Editorial: A fence too far in Niskayuna
Schenectady Gazette, NY  - Oct 25, 2008
The 10-foot-tall fence that is being built around the perimeter of Niskayuna High School’s redesigned athletic fields strikes us as yet another example of how school projects like this often go awry simply because the money is someone else’s — in this case, mostly the state’s...
Public meeting on Aurora Bridge fence Tuesday
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA  - Oct 24, 2008
State Department of Transportation officials hope to begin construction in summer 2009 on an 8-foot barrier to prevent jumpers. Ideally, they say, the project -- one that's long overdue, City Councilwoman Jan Drago has said -- would be completed the following spring...

Stolen Fences

Thieves Cart Off Heavy, Worthless Fence
CBS 13, CA  - Oct 27, 2008
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ? A large fence weighing hundreds of pounds was stolen in broad daylight in front of a Sacramento home, but experts say that the metal is ...

Community Issues

New fencing enhances aesthetics, helps create formal entrance from ...
digitalBURG.com, MO  - Oct 23, 2008
A plan to replace the existing chain link fence with wrought iron and stone pillar fencing was approved by the university’s Board of Governors when it met ...
Fence gives museum curb appeal
North Platte Telegraph, NE  - Oct 28, 2008
The North Platte Area Children's Museum received some curb appeal over the weekend as workers installed a new white picket fence around the entryway. The old bushes that lined the front sidewalk were taken out and replaced with the new fence....
Fencing in Columbia Falls
Flathead Beacon, MT  - Oct 26, 2008
It hasn't been that long since the Boys and Girls Club purchased property for a permanent home in Columbia Falls. After some initial refurbish work and changes to meet current safety and building codes, the facility opened not long ago...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

CDOT works to reduce roadkill on Highway 82
The Aspen Times, CO  - Oct 28, 2008
ASPEN — Local activists and those charged with trying to reduce collisions between vehicles and wildlife are discussing whether they should focus on keeping animals off the road or slowing humans down...
Dingo-proof fence price blows out
ABC Online, Australia  - Oct 27, 2008
The cost of building controversial dingo-proof fences around two Fraser Island towns, off the south-east Queensland coast, has blown out by $100,000...
Fencing being erected to stop deer migration, damage
The Daily Yomiuri, Japan  - Oct 27, 2008
The Environment Ministry is erecting net fencing in Katashinamura, Gunma Prefecture, near the border of Tochigi Prefecture, in a bid to thwart Japanese deer, which are seen as a pest in the area...


DIY - Consumers

Consumer Watch: It might be time to do it yourself
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Oct 24, 2008
Your insurance deductible is too high to make a claim to repair that back fence blown down by Hurricane Ike. And, if you have the cash, you still may end up on a waiting list because contractors are backed up with work after the storm...

Community Fence Projects

Neighbors make good fences
Hartford Courant, CT  - Oct 23, 2008
At least, they did on Wednesday, when veterans from an area post-traumatic stress disorder program came to the Hartford headquarters of the venerable Ebony Horsewomen to replace some old fences...
Benefit for dog park could put fence fund over the top
Royal Oak Daily Tribune, MI  - Oct 27, 2008
ROYAL OAK — Tyson is a lucky dog. He obeys voice commands and owner Jill Sibson regularly takes him to the off-leash dog run at Mark Twain Park...
Fundraising event to raise funds for new wrought iron fence
Newsdurhamregion.com, Canada  - Oct 27, 2008
AJAX -- Enjoy a night of wine and cheese while supporting a local church project. St. George's Anglican Church is currently raising funds to replace its aging wrought iron fence ...

Fences and Political Signs

Fences make good neighbors -- and political signs
KVAL, OR  - Oct 27, 2008
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Duane Taddei is known for his Halloween and Christmas decorations at the corner of Main and R street. He applied the same ingenuity to his election decorations -- and thinks, in light of a Veneta man's homemade signs, that his sign warrants some attention, too...
Homeowner's Obama sign stirs controversy in Pflugerville
KVUE, TX  - Oct 27, 2008
The neighborhood covenants forbid signs on fences -- but explicitly make an exception for political signs for 90 days before and 15 days after an election...

USA Mexico Border Fence

New Fence Will Split a Border Park
New York Times, NY  - Oct 27, 2008
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — At a time of tumult over immigration, with illegal workers routed from businesses, record levels of deportations, border walls getting taller and longer, Friendship Park here has stood out ...
Analyzing the fence
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Oct 27, 2008
UT law professors and students will raise questions about the fence's impact on the environment, indigenous rights and other international statutes with ..
Protest marks two years of local opposition to the Secure Fence Act
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Oct 25, 2008
The protest marked the second anniversary of the week President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act into law, mandating hundreds of miles of additional fencing ...

Fencing and Railroads

Union Pacific Building Fence Around Tracks
KLAS-TV, NV  - Oct 22, 2008
Now Union Pacific has offered to build a one-mile, eight foot high fence costing the company $250000. The railroad is looking to keep the students away from ...


Weird News

World's heaviest man ties the knot
Canoe, Canada - Oct 26, 2008
MONTERREY, Mexico - The world's heaviest man has tied the knot. Manuel Uribe, who hasn't left his bed in six years, married his longtime girlfriend, Claudia Solis, on Sunday in northern Mexico...

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