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Industry News

Merchants Metals adds new TangoRail® Twist-lock Rings to the TangoRail® Self Adjusting Ornamental Steel product line.
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 13, 2009
HOUSTON, TX – Merchants Metals is pleased to announce that the production of the highly anticipated TangoRail® Twist-lock Ring is now complete and the rings are available for distribution nationwide...
Nation’s Largest Showcase of Overhead Door Products On Display at 2009 International Garage Door Exposition
Press Release, OH  - Feb 11, 2009
More than 160 manufacturers and suppliers of residential and commercial overhead door systems products will highlight the 2009 International Garage Door Exposition, taking place April 21 – 25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn..
Press Release, ME  - Feb 11, 2009
OAKFIELD, ME, February 13, 2009— Katahdin Forest Products, parent company of Katahdin Cedar Fence, has completed the purchase of SWP Industries’ Ashland, Maine, saw mill for an undisclosed amount. The mill is configured to saw Northern White Cedar for fencing and will also provide sawn cedar for Katahdin’s cedar log home business...
Trex To Introduce Trim Boards with Sealed Edges on All Four Sides
BuildingOnline, CA  - Feb 18, 2009
In March, Trex will unveil the latest innovation to its line of high-performance trim products – trim boards featuring sealed edges on all four sides to guard against dirt and debris...
Canine Kingdom Certifies Products: List of Three Deemed to be 'Safe,' 'Effective' and 'Of Value'
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 24, 2009
Coyote Roller: A roller bar affixed to traditional chain link fence keeps dogs in and predators out by not allowing animals to get traction in either direction. A true pet safe dog fence...
MarketWatch (press release)  - Feb 13, 2009
following discussion of the Company's results of operations and financial condition should be read together with the other financial information and Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and our Annual Report on Form 10-K ...
US Fencing Products Market to Reach $7.6 Billion by 2012, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 17, 2009
The deepening recession trend across the US market has created an environment of uncertainty. Owing to the economic turmoil, the US fencing products market is registering a sluggish growth rate. With demand for fences dropping down, fence manufacturers are seeking innovative ways to reduce costs of fence. ...

Deck Industry News

Introducing Fiberon Sensibuilt™ PVC Decking
Press Release, NC  - Feb 17, 2009
New London, NC – Fiber Composites, a leading manufacturer of alternative decking, railing and fencing solutions, introduces Fiberon Sensibuilt™ decking with an innovative patent pending technology unequaled by other decking against fading ...
Cincinnati Extrusion showcases innovations in wood plastic composites
Alibaba News Channel, NY  - Feb 15, 2009
More than 230 international visitors gathered to witness high-performance wood plastic composites (WPCs) extruders from Cincinnati Extrusion at the recently held two-day WPC conference, which was being staged for the sixth time in Vienna. ...
Falcon Topless Deck Railing Lets Reclaims Incredible Views and Increase Property Values
PR Web (press release), WA  - Feb 19, 2009
Falcon Railing Mfg. has introduced a topless glass guard deck railing that, in many cases, enables real estate owners to add significant value to their homes by recapturing breathtaking vistas that may be obscured by the top and bottom rails of traditional barrier systems. ...
Heat Up Deck Projects: Offer Outdoor Kitchens
Building-Products.com, CA  - Feb 19, 2009
IT'S not your grandfather's rib-charring BBQ and wooden picnic table anymore. The nice cabinet-enclosed grill is even having to roll aside for something more. The outdoor kitchen may have made its debut as a completely custom, lavish expense for the rich and famous, but is now becoming a ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Bartering surges in recession as businesses and individuals look ...
Patriot Ledger, MA  - Feb 22, 2009
Doug MacAskill, who owns and operates Douglas Fence Co., has often bartered his fence-building services and has received items such as a generator/welder ...
Silver anniversary for Yeovil fencing company
Yeovil Express, UK  - Feb 22, 2009
A YEOVIL fence business which was started by a father and son 25 years ago and has grown into a company employing 50 staff is celebrating ...

Local Government Issues

Shelton canal firm appeals fence ruling
Connecticut Post, CT  - Feb 22, 2009
SHELTON -- The owners of the Shelton Canal Co. have appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals to reverse the cease-and-desist order the Planning and Zoning Commission issued for the firm to take down a fence it put up to keep visitors out of a public access area....
Security fence 'would make Embo a no-go area'
Northern Times, UK  - Feb 19, 2009
A PROPOSAL to erect a two-metre high security fence round a piece of ground in Embo is causing concern to at least one local resident ...
City planners give college permission to close fence
Business Gazette, MD  - Feb 22, 2009
A decision by the Rockville Planning Commission last week to give Montgomery College more options in its struggle to alleviate some neighbors' anger over side effects of the school's tobacco ban could make other neighbors just as upset....

Community Issues

£5k fence plan
Spenborough Guardian, UK  - Feb 20, 2009
A £5,000 fence could be put up around memorial gardens in East Bierley. The gardens are next to St Luke's Church Centre, where the pre-school is located. ...
Some in Waco not happy with plans for fence along planned riverwalk extension near Baylor
Waco Tribune Herald, TX  - Feb 24, 2009
When the new riverwalk extension between the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and Baylor University’s Ferrell Center opens in April, it will offer a view of the Brazos River on one side and a 6-foot-tall green metal fence on the other....
Security Fence Going Up Around Smelter
KTUL, OK  - Feb 23, 2009
Collinsville - The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is erecting a security fence around an old zinc smelter near Collinsville that is a federal Superfund site...

Fence Plowing

Five teens arrested in New City 'fence-plowing' incident
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY  - Feb 23, 2009
NEW CITY - Five teenagers have been arrested on misdemeanor charges accusing them of damaging a fence by crashing through it, Clarkstown police said today. The teenagers were accused of "fence plowing" - using their bodies as battering rams and crashing through wood or vinyl fences...
Clarkstown cops: 'Fence crashing' has arrived
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY  - Feb 20, 2009
A recent spate of more than two-dozen fences being vandalized has police thinking some form of "fence plowing" has come to Clarkstown. Fence plowing - as seen on Internet videos - involved young people crashing through wood fences for the joy of it. ...


Fence Disputes

Dispute over fence leads to conviction
Peterborough Examiner, Canada  - Feb 20, 2009
An ongoing dispute between over a fence between two Smith Township neighbours led to a criminal conviction in Superior Court of Justice yesterday...
Neighbors report people with fence violations
Beloit Daily News, WI  - Feb 22, 2009
As the debate on developer Jeff Petry's too-tall fence heats up, residents are calling and turning in their own neighbors for fence violations. “Neighbors calling in on friends is common,” Crowley said....

Fencing and Airports

FAA grants $48K for wildlife fence at Steamboat airport
Steamboat Pilot, CO  - Feb 18, 2009
Steamboat Springs — The Federal Aviation Administration has granted $48693 for an improved wildlife fence at Steamboat Springs Airport...
Airport on lookout for ways to clear deer from runway area
Daily Republic, SD  - Feb 18, 2009
At a recent Airport Board meeting, he shared some of the newest ideas from around the country: one-way gates and earthen jump ramps on the inside of fences...

Fencing and Railroads

Rhosddu residents' fury over new railway fencing
Evening Leader, UK  - Feb 18, 2009
A LINE of replacement fencing installed by Network Rail has enraged a group of Rhosddu residents, who say it has ruined the beautiful views from their homes...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Fences of all kinds may keep deer away
Toledo Blade, OH  - Feb 18, 2009
This is the season when deer are found in large groups. Wildlife experts such as Michigan conservation officer Rick Villerot say they are 'yarding up.' Deer travel in large groups, usually young males traveling with other males,. ...
To protect livestock feed from deer, fences can be modified
Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide, ND  - Feb 22, 2009
In many areas, deer, elk, and antelope cause significant monetary losses to agricultural producers by consuming forage meant for livestock or cash grain crops. ...
Blue Iguanas given protection with fence
Cay Compass, Cayman Islands  - Feb 22, 2009
The high–security fence is pictured near completion. This is an unfortunate consequence of heightened security at the facility, following the killing of ...
Turtle fence being repaired...again
WZZM, MI  - Feb 22, 2009
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Michigan Department of Transportation crews were in Muskegon today repairing the turtle fence along US-31 near the Muskegon River. Much like last winter, the fence was damaged in several places by cars that left the roadway and crashed into it. ...


Judicial Center building fence
Covington News, GA  - Feb 22, 2009
The fence will be made of aluminum and will be 8-feet high. In the future, the courthouse may need to be expanded, so the parking area is being designed to ...
Prison plan shifts to former Elk Vale fence plant
Rapid City Journal, SD  - Feb 12, 2009
From All Decked Out to all locked up, a state Corrections Department plan would turn a former fence and deck manufacturing business on Elk Vale Road in Rapid City into a new minimum-security prison. ...

Pool Safety

Call for full fencing proposed
London Free Press, Canada  - Feb 20, 2009
To help prevent children from drowning in backyard swimming pools, the London area health board is calling for fencing all around them....
Municipal politicians sink pool fencing proposal
Delta-Optimist, Canada  - Feb 11, 2009
At their regular meeting at municipal hall last week, civic politicians agreed to not go ahead with a staff recommendation that would have required access to a pool only through a gate in a fence with a self-closing mechanism and latch....
Pool fence request declined
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand  - Feb 11, 2009
A Cromwell doctor and his wife who said fencing their swimming pool would spoil their view and detract from their new home had their request for an exemption declined yesterday...

International Borders

India's battle to seal porous borders
BBC News, UK  - Feb 19, 2009
"This is it," says our guide. "Mile Post One." Just behind us is the first section of a fence that the Indian authorities say will eventually stretch for more than 4,000km (2,485 miles) - the entire length of the border...


Weird News

Wedgie used to hold down suspect
Canoe, Canada  - Feb 18, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car in Salt Lake City, Utah...

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