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 FenceWeek Marketing Blog 9/16/08

Customer Testimonials and the Internet
We came across a video on Google news this week called the Boston Fence Guide. It is a blog and video on how one customer decided on which fence company to pick. It has some wonderful insight on what his thought process was. What his concerns were, what were the pluses and minuses and how he eventually..
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Industry News

LMT Mercer Group, Inc. purchases assets of Alpine Plastics, Inc.
Press Release, CA - Sep 9, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ – LMT Mercer Group, Inc today announced that it acquired all assets of Alpine Plastics, Inc, a hand rail accessory and porch post manufacturer based in Pleasant Grove, Utah....
CertainTeed Meets Specialized Needs for Railing Projects With New Post Support Kit, Accessories
Press Release, CA - Sep 10, 2008
L(Valley Forge, Pa.) — CertainTeed Corporation introduces a new post support kit and accessories to make installation of its railing products easier and more efficient. ....
Vinyl building products producer to close
Youngstown Vindicator, OH  - Sep 16, 2008
AUSTINTOWN — Vinyl Source, a company that produces vinyl building products such as decking and fencing, will be closed by Nov. 8, and 72 workers will be unemployed. In a letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Charles Spaulding, executive vice president of VEKA Inc.,...
Chamberlain Awarded Most Valuable Product by Building Products Magazine
Professional Door Dealer, AZ - Sep 10, 2008
Chamberlain Group Inc. was recently honored by Hanley Wood's Building Products magazine and Ebuild.com for winning a Most Valuable Product Award (MVP) for the LiftMaster Fingerprint Keyless Entry (Model 379LM), which features the ability to store 10 unique fingerprints for secure and controlled access....

Fence Contractors in the News

Cemetery fence goes up, but not as expected
New Britain Herald, CT - Sep 13, 2008
NEW BRITAIN - The Fairview Cemetery fence is going up in much different form than described in a city contract, and the city is OK with that. City officials and the builder responsible for putting up the $99,999 fence spoke last week to explain why it has been so long in coming and is so different than planned....
Avon fence company sponsors Design Home project
Avon Messenger, MA - Sep 10, 2008
Premier Fence in Avon sponsored Boston magazine’s fifth annual Design Homeproject to raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank by providing fencing to the home. ...
Complaint Against Local Fence Company
Eyewitness News Memphis, TN - Sep 10, 2008
(Memphis, TN) Eyewitness News Everywhere Uncovers a fence fight. A Mid-South man says he's been cheated out of more than a thousand dollars from a local fencing company.....

Hurricane Ike and Industry News

Manufacturers get Ike boost but remain in slump
BusinessWeek - Sep 16, 2008
Repairs and reconstruction needed for thousands of homes across Louisiana and Texas in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike will boost sales for building material manufacturers, but not nearly enough to offset the effects of the nation's housing slump....
20,000 cattle, horses wandering in southeast Texas
BusinessWeek - Sep 16, 2008
At least 20,000 head of livestock roamed loose throughout several Southeast Texas counties Monday, said state officials who are working to get feed and water to the cattle and horses that have been without either since Hurricane Ike came ashore Saturday.....
Ike: A fish story
CNN.com - Sep 16, 2008
Dozens of fish ended up dead, stuck headfirst from a chain-link fence in West Orange. The fish, 8-10 inches long, appeared too large to get through the ......

Fences and Animals

Zap! Marauding grizzlies in for nasty shock
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY - Sep 15, 2008
Soon Millward will have a little surprise for this ursine usurper: a flimsy, white mesh fence that encircles the campsite and is attached to a small solar panel. When the snout of an inquisitive bear pokes through the mesh, completing the circuit, he'll get 7,000 volts across his nerve endings...
Vouchers for dog fence materials still available
Austin American-Statesman, TX - Sep 16, 2008
There are 30 vouchers available to help low-income city residents purchase fencing materials for their dogs. The final deadline for Austin residents to submit applications under the Dog Fence Fund is Nov. 15, 2008....

Local Government Issues

Fence protecting Marion landfill now in place
South Coast Today, MA - Sep 15, 2008
MARION — Installation of the new, 6-foot-high chain link fence surrounding the town landfill, ordered by the state's Department of Environmental Protection after inspectors discovered some damage to the capped landfill, has been completed.,...
Park fence not a good neighbor in Carmichael, resident says
Sacramento Bee, CA - Sep 11 2008
If Edward James Hard gets his way, a section of fence bordering private homes and the future 10.8-acre Sutter Avenue Park will be at the top of the agenda at a public hearing later this month. "We shouldn't be taking public parkland and giving it away. It is a violation of public trust," said Hard, who comes from a family of longtime Carmichael residents....
A fence for the noise
Ventura County Star, CA - Sep 14, 2008
Part of leadership is knowing when to adjust the rules. The Thousand Oaks City Council was right to change its fence and wall ordinance Tuesday night so residents along the city's busiest roadways can have some peace and quiet. The council voted 5 to 0 to allow those living along roads with four or more lanes to apply to build fences or walls up to 9 feet high,...

Community Issues

Apartment fences most likely going away
ABC 4, Salt Lake City, UT  - Sep 13, 2008
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Residents of an apartment complex in Taylorsville are outraged over patio fences being torn down...
Fence stolen for third time
St. Albans Observer, UK - Sep 11 2008
FOR the third time in three years a special school in Redbourn has had fencing stolen from its playing field. The fence in St Luke’s school in Crouch Hall Lane, Redbourn, borders a public right of way and ensures the safety of its students many which have moderate learning difficulties and other complex needs....
Quayside fence row - new twist
East Anglian Daily Times, UK - Sep 13, 2008
A ROW over a fence being put up along an historic Essex quayside took a further twist yesterday as dock employees placed concrete blocks at the site to stop protestors from obstructing their work....

Fences and Neighbors

Fence becomes part of neighborhood war in Tyrone Township
The Flint Journal , MI - Sep 15, 2008
TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- After years of wrangling with their next-door neighbor, the Robinsons thought they found the answer: a six-foot fence dividing the two properties. "It has been lovely," said Elizabeth Robinson, 70, a retired nurse. "He doesn't bother us and we don't bother him."...
Fairport doesn’t want fence disputes to divide neighbors
MPNnow.com, NY - Sep 15, 2008
The village of Fairport is looking for residents to serve on its Landscaping Fences Committee. Mayor Frederick “Fritz” May resurrected the committee, which has recently been dormant, at the Sept. 8 Village Board meeting,...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Springfield police charge city man with dismantling resident's fence in effort to steal all-terrain vehicle
Boston Globe, MA - Sep 15, 2008
COLUMBUS, N.M. - On a bumpy dirt road along the US-Mexico border, the mayor of this tiny town pulled his truck tight beside the government's multimillion-dollar new fence. He wanted a closer look, but someone else was watching, too....
Building border fence proving to be not so easy
News Chief, FL  - Sep 13, 2008
It seemed so simple and easy at first. Problem: Illegal immigrants sneaking largely unimpeded across our border with Mexico. Solution: Build a fence. Or rather two fences, one physical, the other virtual.....
Suit to fight border fence is dismissed
El Paso Times, TX  - Sep 13, 2008
EL PASO -- A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by El Paso County, the city of El Paso, environmental groups and others against the controversial border fence, County Attorney José Rodríguez's office said Friday. ...

Community Fence Projects

It takes a fence to raise this child
Press of Atlantic City, NJ - Sep 15, 2008
Debra Byrne, of Cape May Court House, is a teacher's aide for an autistic boy at Middle Township Elementary School No. 2. She is well aware of the challenges of raising an autistic child - and when Byrne read in an online support group about a mother asking for help with her autistic son, Byrne stepped in to help.....
Scout builds on accomplishments
Iowa City Press-Citizen, IA - Sep 15, 2008
Josh Hellyer has a goal for his Eagle Scout project -- finish it by Sept. 27, when he turns 18. "To me, I've been in it for so long that I can do everything you can so in Scouts," said Hellyer, a West High senior.For his project, he plans to build a fence around the new butterfly rain garden behind Coralville Central Elementary,...

DIY - Consumers

Weighing the differences between wood and vinyl fencing
Asbury Park Press, NJ - Sep 11 2008
Q: My children just got a dog, so we need a fence. Since I am going to have a fence, it might as well also function as a windbreak for energy savings. Is expensive vinyl fencing a good choice for this? Judy M....


Weird News

German passengers demand, get new plane after 2 takeoff attempts aborted
Canoe, Canada - Sep 15, 2008
EAST BERLIN - Passengers aboard a German airliner demanded and got a new plane after their pilot aborted two takeoff attempts due to a technical problem...

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