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Industry News

TimberTech® and OrePac Expand Partnership
Press Release  - Sep 22, 2008
Wilmington, OH – September 22, 2008 – TimberTech strengthens its relationship with OrePac, a leading wholesale building products distributor headquartered in Wilsonville, OR, with a distribution partnership that expands the TimberTech product line into nine distribution centers in the Western U.S....
Gate idea lets in jobs
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC  - Sep 17, 2008
The idea came out of frustration with the fences at a Michigan animal rescue farm. Ed Stull, who operates that farm, needed an automatic gate that worked with all kinds of fences, even vinyl. So the mechanical engineer started tinkering, and soon Turnstyle Enterprises was born...
Press Release  - Sep 22, 2008
Niles, Ohio -- September 22, 2008 -- Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics new Bender expanded metal line is now up and operational. Increasing demand and quality standards for their expanded metal product lines are the grounds for the decision to purchase another 10-foot expanded metal line, their fourth new line in six years...
GoBob becomes Fence Dawg distributors
High Plains Journal, KS  - Sep 22, 2008
GoBob Pipe and Steel Sales recently made a deal with Fence Dawg LLC of Bethlehem, Ga., to distribute their unique products in several states west of the Mississippi River. Fence Dawg is a fence and wire implement that can allow one person to install fence wire without the aid of others...
Positive five-year forecast for CCTV and access control markets
Info4Security, UK -  - Sep 18, 2008
CCTV: market review 2003-2007 In 2007, sales and rental income of CCTV equipment increased by an estimated 4% to £1,147 million. That represents an overall growth of 14% when compared with 2003. During the five-year review period, annual growth levels have been seen to fluctuate, with a low of 1% recorded in 2004 and a high of 7% reported the year before....

Decking Industry News

AERT Commences Construction On New Watts, Oklahoma Plastic Recycling Facility
Trading Markets (press release), CA  - Sep 22, 2008
SPRINGDALE, Ark., Sep 22, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AERT | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AERT) ("AERT"), a leading plastics recycler and manufacturer of Green composite building products...

Wall Street and Small Business

Wall Street vs. Main Street
Inc Magazine, NY  - Sep 17, 2008
The recent turmoil involving Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG have cost the economy billions of dollars, led to thousands of layoffs, and conjured up comparisons to the Great Depression. But how will the crisis impact entrepreneurs? The answer might surprise you...

Fences and Animals

Virtual fence could modernize the Old West
USA Today  - Sep 22, 2008
Dean Anderson insists he doesn't want to put cowboys out of business. But he would like to see them get more indoor work. Anderson, an animal science researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working on a system that will allow cowboys to herd their cattle remotely by singing commands and whispering into Bessie's ears via radio and tracking her movements by satellite and computer...
Attack proves dingo fences necessary: Govt
ABC Online, Australia  - Sep 18, 2008
The Queensland Government says the latest dingo attack on Fraser Island, off the state's south-east coast, highlights the importance of protective fences. A three year-old-girl was attacked by a dingo on the beach earlier this week. ....
Critics say wildlife fence is hurting wildlife
KOB.com, NM  - Sep 19, 2008
A million-dollar fence designed to keep wildlife safely off the roadways may be diverting them to just as dangerous a place, engineers for the project are finding out. ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Get fences fixed without getting ripped off
Beaumont Enterprise, TX  - Sep 17, 2008
Did Ike blow that fence down? Mike Kamp, vice president of Cardinal Fence and Property Service, estimated that between 50 percent and 60 percent of fences in Southeast Texas are down because of Ike...
Local company installs new fence for little girl's family
ABC 4, Salt Lake City  - Sep 18, 2008
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A three-year-old girl almost drowned Wednesday in West Valley City after scaling a fence in her grandfather's backyard. Now, a Murray fence company has agreed to put up a new fence....
Woman accused of selling "invisible fences" caught in North Carolina
KSWO, OK  - Sep 17, 2008
Lawton_58-year-old Isle Glaser was arrested in North Carolina and is returning to Comanche County to face charges. Comanche County District Attorney Robert Schulte says there is one charge against her, but three other open cases in her file...

Fences and Weather

Vinyl fencing gives privacy, saves energy in winter
Detroit Free Press, MI  - Sep 21, 2008
Dear Jim: 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....

Local Government Issues

Plans for £1m fence around jail
Press and Journal, UK  - Sep 22, 2008
Prison bosses are considering building a £1million fence around Castle Huntly open prison so it can handle more inmates, it was revealed yesterday. The Scottish Prison Service is in discussions with the Scottish Government over the move, which is aimed at tackling overcrowding at other jails...
Planners may allow barbed wire on some fences
Keizertimes, OR  - Sep 19, 2008
Barbed wire and trees dominated discussion at the Planning Commission's September meeting, with staff agreeing to research ways to allow barbed wire on fences in some areas of town. The Wednesday, Sept. 10, discussion on fences was spurred by Wayne Thackery, owner of Loren's Sanitation...
Fence erected at ancient harbour due to 'health and safety'
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom  - Sep 21, 2008
A fence has finally been erected along an ancient harbourside despite ongoing protests. The residents of Mistley Quay near Harwich have fought the erection of a fence restricting access to the riverside for the last three weeks, culminating in a stand off with police yesterday. However the fence has eventually gone up....
7.5km fence to keep intruders out of Air Force base
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand  - Sep 18, 2008
A security fence is to be built around Whenuapai Air Force Base, where an Australian C-17 transport plane was tagged by youths this month. The NZ Defence Force called yesterday for registrations of interest from contractors to build the fence, which has to be 7.5km long to surround the West Auckland base...


Fencing and Interstates

New Jersey lawmaker seeks protective overpass fencing
Land Line Magazine, MO  - Sep 18, 2008
A bill in the New Jersey Assembly that is intended to add a barrier of protection for drivers in the state could come up for consideration once lawmakers return Monday, Sept. 22, from a break. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Trenton, is the sponsor of a bill that would require the installation of protective fencing along certain highway overpasses in the state to prevent objects from being dropped onto the roadway below...
Fla. To Install ‘Lifesaving’ Fence After Interstate Deaths
NBC6.net, FL  - Sep 23, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A new fence is being constructed off of the southbound interstate 95 and 595 after two deaths in the past few years. The 4-foot fence will be about half-mile long and will be installed north of state Road 84....

USA Mexico Border Fence

$400 million reallocated to construct border fence
San Antonio Express, TX  - Sep 22, 2008
WASHINGTON – Congress approved a shift of $400 million from technology accounts to construction of the U.S. border fence despite a Customs and Border Protection admission that it cannot be completed by year's end, officials said Monday...
Border fence funding in limbo
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Sep 22, 2008
BROWNSVILLE -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has run out of money to build remaining segments of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere, and the project already is $400 million over budget...

Fences in the Courts

All citizens' rights are at stake — not just my fence
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY  - Sep 18, 2008
I live in the Camden Hills residential development in Victor. My fence has been the issue of many news articles and Internet blogs and I believe it necessary to elaborate on the real issue at stake. Earlier this year, I decided to build a fence in my backyard, a decision that seemed harmless enough...
Judge Suspended in Cemetery Fence Flap
ABA Journal, IL  - Sep 19, 2008
A Mississippi judge has been suspended for 60 days and fined $2,000 for accompanying deputies to a woman’s home and threatening her with prosecution for taking part of a cemetery fence. It ain't right," he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. "This whole thing is a mess."...

Community Issues

History revisited in Ottawa yards: Cast-iron fencing makes a comeback
The Ottawa Citizen, Canada  - Sep 21, 2008
It is barely noon and Ray Marks' Sandy Hill installation has already been interrupted numerous times. Inquisitive passersby are drawn by its architectural adornment. They stop to admire the eye-catching filigrees of scrolls and twists....
Wisconsin Resource Center to install 'stun fence'
Oshkosh Northwestern, WI  - Sep 18, 2008
MADISON – A "stun fence," the latest in perimeter detection technology, will be installed next year at the Wisconsin Resource Center, home to 428 mentally ill inmates located just north of Oshkosh. ...
$500 pool fence upgrades pondered
Georgina Advocate, Canada  - Sep 19, 2008
If you own a back yard pool, you may be forced to pay to upgrade or modernize your pool fence if Markham decides to adopt higher safety standards recommended in a regional report. Currently, pool fencing standards in the region’s nine municipalities do not meet strict guidelines recommended by Safe Kids Canada ...
Gadsden will fence off rare plant habitat
al.com, AL  - Sep 21, 2008
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A logging operation by the Gadsden Airport Authority that damaged one of six locations where a plant on the endangered species list grows did not violate the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...


Schools and Fences

Indian River County schools add video cameras, fences
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL  - Sep 22, 2008
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — When renovations to 38-year-old Vero Beach High School were completed this year, students returned to a campus where teachers use electronic entry cards and the presence of video surveillance cameras multiplied....
Brierfield school's 'fence us in' plea
Lancashire Telegraph, UK  - Sep 21, 2008
EDUCATION bosses will plead with planners to be allowed to build three security fences at a crime-hit Pendle school. Intruders are a regular sight at Walter Street Primary School in Brierfield and the county’s education department has drawn up blueprints for 2.4metre barriers to be erected...

Fence Disputes

Dispute over fence divides neighbors in Lancaster subdivision
Buffalo News, NY  - Sep 23, 2008
Good fences — with apologies to poet Robert Frost — don’t always make good neighbors. A group of residents with children and grandchildren in Lancaster’s Whispering Pines subdivision are up in arms over a neighbor’s new stockade fence...
Council okayed fence – then prosecuted me
Bournemouth Daily Echo, UK  - Sep 19, 2008
ANDREW Clatworthy thought the five-year row over his fence was finally over when an enforcement officer said she was "delighted" with alterations he had made to it. Then the enforcement officer's boss overruled her and ordered a criminal prosecution that could have landed Mr Clatworthy with a £20,000 fine and a criminal record....
Murrysville man takes down fence at heart of dispute
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA  - Sep 18, 2008
A two-year court battle about a Murrysville man's brightly painted, wood pallet fence reached an end recently when the state Supreme Court refused his appeal of a lower court ruling. Ronald J. Thompson said he has taken down the 800-foot, orange, yellow, black and purple fence he erected to pen in his dogs....
Fence fracas in Lealman raises questions
Tampabay.com, FL  - Sep 21, 2008
LEALMAN — Rather than making for good neighbors, a recently erected fence in this unincorporated area has neighbors in a tizzy and county officials sifting through thousands of documents to find out who owns the land beneath the fence. Neighbors say a paved strip blocked by the fence is part of 80th Street N and belongs to Pinellas County...

Stolen Fences

Brazen thieves take a fence
Western Australia Post Newspapers, Australia  - Sep 19, 2008
Thieves stole the expensive front fence of a Subiaco house on Monday in a brazen daylight operation. The $10,000 wrought-iron fence panels were the final touch in a 10-year restoration project fraught with incredible obstacles...


Weird News

Elvis Is Alive Museum up for sale again on eBay
Canoe, Canada - Sep 22, 2008
ST. LOUIS - The Elvis Is Alive Museum is once again for sale on eBay. The museum's collection includes photographs, books, FBI files, DNA reports and other memorabilia ...

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