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Industry News

Press Release  - Feb 9, 2009
Paul Gilpin has retired as President Gilpin Inc., (formerly Gilpin Ironworks) but remains as Board Chairman. Todd Gilpin is named President and Brad Prather is named Vice President of Operations. Renee Faurote remains Vice President Administration ...
Best Vinyl Completes Utah Acquisition
Hamptons.com, NY  - Feb 5, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Vinyl, Inc. a portfolio company of Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (“MCP II”), announced today that it has completed the acquisition of R & L Fence & Deck LLC (“R&L”). R&L is located north of Salt Lake City, in Layton, Utah, and is one of the largest fabricators and installers of vinyl fence and related products in the Mountain West...

Fence Contractors in the News

More companies use worker furloughs in tough economy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA  - Feb 6, 2009
That’s Miller’s goal. His family’s fence businesses, Marietta Fence Co. and Circle A Fence Co., have never had a layoff. “My dad prided himself that he’d never had a layoff, and I am trying to keep that tradition alive,” Miller said. ...
S&S Fence Becomes Sacramento's Recommended Fencing Contractor
The Open Press (press release)  - Feb 6, 2009
Today, S&S Fence Company, Inc. announced that Merchants Metals--one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fence systems in the nation—has selected them as one of their recommended fencing contractors for the Greater Sacramento-Northern California service area....

Local Government Issues

City wants to move residents' fences, sheds
abc11tv.com, NC  - Feb 10, 2009
His neighbor, Jason Klakoff, would lose thousands in landscaping as well as a fence they need for the rescued dogs they foster. "There's more of a need now ...
Fencing Victor Mill site too costly, Spartanburg officials say
Greenville News, SC  - Feb 6, 2009
Residents who live around Victor Mill want to seek funds from Spartanburg County Council to build a higher and sturdier fence to keep children off the 24.2-acre site that’s an eyesore to the community with its half-burned buildings surrounded by piles of rubble and brick..
Yakima man duels with city over fence
Yakima Herald-Republic, WA  - Feb 6, 2009
YAKIMA, Wash. — Viviano Ramirez's new fence, a nice illegal fence, could cause trouble for a lot of homeowners in Yakima. Ramirez lives on a corner lot at Ninth Avenue and Spruce Street near Davis High School and Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center...
3-metre high fence sparks planning row
Regen.net, UK  - Feb 5, 2009
ANOTHER Holme Valley planning battle has kicked off after "Guantanamo Bay" style fencing was erected in quaint woodlands near Holmfirth....
5000-volt fence goes up at Olympic site
This is London, UK  - Feb 5, 2009
A FOUR-metre-high electrified perimeter fence is being erected around the 240-hectare Olympic site. Games chiefs have been advised it is needed to deter potential terrorist plots as some of the venues near completion next year...

Local Government Issues - Ordinances

Saratoga council to review fence ordinance
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Feb 6, 2009
The Saratoga City Council will be reviewing revisions to the city's fence ordinance at its regular meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the civic theater at Saratoga City Hall. The planning commission in November approved the fence ordinance update, but the revisions cannot go into effect without council approval...
New fence ordinance adopted; Woolsey scolds council for allowing neighoring fence to remain
Kiowa County Signal, KS  - Feb 6, 2009
Greensburg at last has an updated fences and walls policy in place. But for Marcelyn Woolsey, it’s too little, too late. Woolsey sat stoically Monday night while city council passed the latest revision of the policy, officially known as Ordinance 978..

Community Issues

A Fence Doesn't Always A Good Neighbor Make As Beach Access Becomes Issue
Hamptons.com, NY  - Feb 8, 2009
Southampton - The on-going battle to hold sand in place along oceanfront beaches by using storm fences brought contractor Scott Chronis to Southampton Town Hall this week to engage in a lively debate with the Trustees who regulate access to the town’s beaches...
No fencing at river bed
Lompoc Record, CA  - Feb 8, 2009
There has been talk about putting up a fence around the river bed to keep out off-roaders. I think this would be a nasty eye sore, and a complete waste of our money.....
Millions to fix damage from fence building
San Francisco Chronicle, CA  - Feb 8, 2009
What it means: Too little, too late. Shoot first, ask questions later. ... If you can shake your head in disgust while saying it, then you've probably found the right cliche for the environmental fiasco surrounding ...
Sledding hill fence causes concern
The Jamestown Sun, ND  - Feb 10, 2009
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission heard from a parent concerned about the safety of a popular Jamestown sledding hill at its regular meeting Monday....
Fence art deters graffiti vandals
Where I Live - News Community Media, Australia  - Feb 8, 2009
A PLAN to stop graffiti has led to the creation of a spectacular piece of community art at Ormeau. A group of youths aged 12 to 17 painted a sea-inspired scene across a graffiti-prone Eggersdorf Rd fence after the owner Matt Brushoffered to fund the project....

Fence Disputes

Law sparks boundary wars
The Columbian, WA  - Feb 8, 2009
Chris Norton leads the way through snowy scrub woods and blackberry brambles, tracing the boundaries of her 20-acre property near Fargher Lake. Except those boundaries aren't necessarily what they seem...
Fence brings neighbors' ire
Napa Valley Register, CA  - Feb 4, 2009
A new fence around the city of Napa’s water treatment plant in Jamieson Canyon has whipped up protest from nearby residents. The city engineer who oversees the plant’s ongoing $48 million expansion and upgrades said the 8-foot-tall fence with three strands of barbed wire ....

Fences and Animals

Public mostly backs Alaka‘i fence project
Lihue Garden Island, HI  - Feb 6, 2009
PUHI — The state Board of Land and Natural Resources heard the public’s input on a proposal to build a 4.5-mile fence to protect some 2,000 acres of the remote Alaka‘i Swamp, Wednesday, at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School...
Deer me! Area gardener shares fence solutions
Quad City Times, IA  - Feb 6, 2009
With the snowfall we’ve received in the Quad-City region this winter, foraging deer have been a problem, especially for gardeners such as Jackie Arvidson, who lives on a wooded bluff property in Princeton, Iowa....


Fences and Weather

Farms can get help with debris, fences
Kentucky.com, KY  - Feb 6, 2009
The assistance, under the US Department of Agriculture's Emergency Conservation Program, does not cover ornamental fences. Requests must be made at local ...
All bent out of shape
The Wenatchee World Online, WA  - Feb 6, 2009
Volunteers on Wednesday evaluate repairs needed to Eastmont High School’s outfield fence at Dan White Field after a Jan. 6 windstorm bent the fence at the base of the supporting poles ...
What To Do With A Damaged Fence?
TurnTo23.com, CA  - Feb 6, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- On Wednesday, wind gusts hit up to 35 miles per hour and by Thursday some fences hit the ground. ...
Volunteers work to mend fences in cattle country after Hurricane Ike
KHOU, TX  - Feb 4, 2009
HOUSTON—Ever since Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast, land that used to be full of horses and cattle is now full of debris and dead grass. ...

Fences in the Courts

Airport development group awards fencing, ditch bid
Regen.net, UK  - Feb 5, 2009
A $53,000 fencing and ditch relocation project bid was awarded to Waterford Corporation Monday by Airport Development Group for work at Harriet Alexander Field near Salida...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Smugglers cut border fence
Sierra Vista Herald, AZ  - Feb 8, 2009
BISBEE — Smugglers recently removed two mesh panels from U.S.-Mexico border fencing located east of the San Pedro River, and Border Patrol officials have repaired them. The precise location of these fence sections is near low-water crossing number 38, known as Gringo Wash...
Border Fence Yields Showdown At Smuggler's Gulch
NPR  - Feb 6, 2009
As the Department of Homeland Security finishes installing more than 600 miles of new fence along the southern border with Mexico, one of the final stretches has been the most controversial and most expensive...
Border-Fence Project Hits a Snag
Wall Street Journal, NY  - Feb 6, 2009
Construction of the final stretch of a 670-mile security fence along the southern U.S. border has hit a series of legal, political and engineering obstacles that are slowing completion of the yearlong project...

Fences in the Courts

DC Casebook: Court cases - Metal fence removal upheld by court
Regen.net, UK  - Feb 5, 2009
A resident living on an open-plan estate in Northampton has lost a High Court challenge seeking to overturn an inspector's decision to refuse permission to retain a metal fence....
Suit over golf course, fence, ducks
Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX  - Feb 6, 2009
A lawsuit that involves a couple, ducks, a fence and a golf course now has drawn in the homeowners association near the course. Frank and Carol Romel in August sued Kings Crossing Golf & Country Club, its owner Basil Beck and Kingsley Properties...


Weird News

Teen charged with billing school for $37,000 of candy
Canoe, Canada  - Feb 10, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Police say an Ohio teenager tried to pull off a sweet deal by ordering more than $37,000 of candy online and charging the bill to his former high school...

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