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  Question of the Week 9/30/08

Credit Crunch
Looking at the headlines, it's pretty obvious we're in the midst of a serious credit crunch. There are many articles mentioning the affect on small businesses...
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Industry News

IWP Expands into Washington with TimberTech
Press Releas), OH  - Sep 29, 2008
Wilmington, OH – September 29, 2008 – TimberTech strengthens its relationship with International Wood Products, LLC (IWP), a leading wholesale building products distributor headquartered in Clackamas, OR, ...
Exterior Portfolio by Crane Introduces New BellaStone Architectural Columns for Fence Posts, Landscaping, Porch Posts and Railings, and Home Architectural Accents
PR Web (press release), WA  - Sep 26, 2008
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) September 26, 2008 -- Featuring all the detail, shadowing and texture of fine, quarried stone, but without needing installation by a professional stonemason or ongoing maintenance,...
GCI Hosts American Fence Association Annual Summer Fun Event
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Sep 26, 2008
Gates and Controls Inc. (GCi) hosted the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA) for their annual Summer Fun Event. ...
Industry Ornamental Celebrates 4th Decade
Professional Door Dealer, AZ  - Sep 26, 2008
Industry Ornamental Inc. was first incorporated in 1977 as J.D. Imports Inc. under Todd M. Jackson. The company’s name was changed to Industry Ornamental Iron Inc....

Decking Industry News

Tiger Claw and Trex Begin Multi-Year Contract for Exclusive, Proprietary Hidden Deck Fasteners
MarketWatch  - Sep 24, 2008
BRISTOL, CT, Sep 24, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Tiger Claw Inc. announces that it has entered into a multi-year contract with Trex to manufacture its proprietary Trex Hideaway(TM) hidden deck fastener system...
nGrain(TM) by Americhem Offers the Building Products Industry Lasting, Realistic Woodgrain Effects
MarketWatch  - Sep 24, 2008
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Sept 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom color and additive solutions for building products and other polymer-based products, ..
Redwood pilots retailer outreach program
Building-Products.com, CA  - Sep 24, 2008
THE California Redwood Association has launched a pilot program to reach out to independent lumber retailers and drive redwood sales. The goal is two-fold: to thank retailers for carrying redwood, and to encourage contractors to ..

Fence Contractors in the News

Perfect timing?
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, CA  - Sep 27, 2008
Caleb Gray and David Frankenberger may have found the silver lining in a topsy-turvy economy. The business partners jump-started their own vinyl fencing company in San Bernardino in June, Superior Universal Vinyl, and are finding a slow but escalating success....

Fences and Animals

Deer toll mounts due to poor fencing pratices
Wildlife Extra, UK  - Sep 26, 2008
Deer and other wildlife are dying unnecessarily from being caught in wire fencing and discarded netting. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has dealt with 18 cases of deer caught in stock fencing or netting this year, compared with 7 in all of 2007....
Cow Calf: Electric Fence Review
CattleNetwork.com, KS  - Sep 26, 2008
For many graziers using rotational grazing, the electric fence is a critical component of the total system. I know of examples where just 1 or 2 strands of electrified high tensile wire are serving as a perimeter fence along a road. The grazier is trusting in the electrical system and the prior experience/training livestock ...
Dog park will break ground Wednesday
Kansas City Star, MO  - Sep 25, 2008
"The grading is completely different, but our fencing alone probably went from about $ 7, 000 to $ 50, 000. It was difficult to imagine where that difference was going to come from."...
Wildlife service urges 'don't use stock fencing'
Toowoomba Chronicle, Australia  - Sep 26, 2008
AN AREA of fencing in Dallington that has caught deer on three occasions this year is an example of the dangers of stock fencing according to East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service...
Chain-link fences can keep tigers at bay
Hindu, India  - Sep 29, 2008
New Delhi (PTI): Iron meshes as chain-link fences can be handy in preventing predatory cats from entering villages near wildlife parks but buffer zones can be more effective for such cases, according to environmentalists...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Fencing Projects Inch Forward
HSToday, MD  - Sep 26, 2008
Congress has reprogrammed hundreds of millions of dollars for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to move forward on building physical fencing along the US southern border Monday while the US Fish and Wildlife Service has granted the agency a few of the permits for building the virtual ....
$37 million in contracts awarded to build border fence
Brownsville Herald, TX  - Sep 23, 2008
Contracts to build the border fence in Cameron County were awarded to three private construction companies on Monday, after Congress approved a $400 million appropriations request to continue the barrier's construction....
Border fence in El Paso sector costing $220 million
El Paso Times, TX  - Sep 27, 2008
AUSTIN -- Nearly all of the 110 miles of border fencing planned for West Texas and New Mexico have been contracted out at the cost of more than $220 million, a Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday...


Fencing and Railroads

Village board approves contract for railroad fencing
Villa Park Review, IL  - Sep 25, 2008
For many graziers using rotational grazing, the electric fence is a critical component of the total system. I know of examples where just 1 or 2 strands of electrified high tensile wire are serving as a perimeter fence along a road. The grazier is trusting in the electrical system and the prior experience/training livestock ...
Platform fences installed at Croydon stations to stop suicide bids
Croydon Advertiser, UK  - Sep 26, 2008
Rail chiefs have taken a dramatic new step this week in order to tackle the high number of people committing suicide at Purley Station. ...

Community Issues

Higher sound walls and fences may be good or bad
Thousand Oaks Acorn, CA  - Sep 25, 2008
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, and nowhere is that adage truer than in Thousand Oaks. With little fanfare, the city is increasing the acceptable maximum ...
Family campaigns for fences at playgrounds
Tweed Daily News, Australia  - Sep 29, 2008
Earlier this year Tameeka described how much Travis, who tragically drowned in April, meant to his family when she said: "To the world he was one person, but to some people he was the world.".....
New fence divides Anthony
Las Cruces Sun-News, NM  - Sep 25, 2008
ANTHONY, Texas — The installation of a fence along a road that divides Texas and New Mexico has also divided some residents with separate opinions...

Fences and Neighbors

Hooper farmer removes 'Redneck Stonehenge' fence
Salt Lake Tribune, UT  - Sep 28, 2008
HOOPER - A farmer who made a fence out of rusty old cars to annoy his neighbors with what he calls a 'Redneck Stonehenge' has decided its time for the fence to come down. . ...
Fracas over fence in DuPage Co. leads to charges
Chicago Daily Herald, IL  - Sep 29, 2008
Nearly a month after a dispute between neighbors over a poorly built fence erupted into a fistfight, the two brothers who put up the fence have been charged with battery and trespassing....

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Boy impaled in fence horror
Blackpool Gazette, UK  - Sep 28, 2008
A YOUNG boy was impaled on a fence for an agonising 20 minutes until rescuers were able to cut him free. Twelve-year-old Jamie Marshall was climbing a fence to retrieve a football in Blackpool's Revoe Park when a lethal spike pierced his left forearm....
$200,000 for a day's work on dole
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia  - Sep 29, 2008
GREGORY WARREN THOMSON went out to work for the dole and ended up receiving $200,000. His previous job working for his unemployment benefits in northern NSW had been with the...

Local Government Issues

Barrier sparks big debate in small town
San Antonio Express, TX  - Sep 27, 2008
PRESIDIO — This tiny border city in the Chihuahuan Desert has steered clear of international political controversy since the Mexican Revolution nearly a century ago, when Pancho Villa set up his headquarters in Ojinaga, across the Rio Grande, after capturing the town in a bloody assault...
Amendment to ordinance would allow fences to be placed on property line
San Antonio Express, TX  - Sep 26, 2008
Denison's Planning & Zoning Commission voted Monday night to amend an ordinance on fences that went into effect last November. The amendment centers on where a fence can be placed relative to the property line....
Fencing on I-29 aims to stop pedestrians
Benton County Daily Record, AR  - Sep 30, 2008
Frank Campobasso of Kansas City, North, is curious about the concrete barriers and chain-link fence between the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 29. A chain-link fence stretches along the barrier beginning at the Barry Road bridge and goes south about one third of a mile and stops...

Home Owner Associations

Picking directors and building fences
National Post, Canada -a  - Sep 27, 2008
Our condo documents state exactly what type of fences we are allowed to install. Two owners installed the wrong kind of fence. One owner agreed to take down the fence and replace it with the approved one, but the other owner refuses...

Fencing and Airports

Airport to Wait on New Fence
KREX News Channel 5, CO  - Sep 30, 2008
Grand Junction Regional Airport will NOT receive an FAA grant to speed up the installation of additional fencing and safety gates.According to Airport officials, a 45,000 foot fence with 15 security gates ...


Weird News

Man accused of posing as ballplayer on Dodger Stadium field
Canoe, Canada - Sep 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES - A man faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing a uniform from Dodger Stadium and posing as one of the team's players ...

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