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Blogging from FenceTech 2009
I'm heading down to New Orleans on Tuesday (today) to FenceTech. No doubt a lot of the people reading this will be there too. To say it's been an eventful year, both in the country and specifically the fence industry is an understatement... FenceWeek Blog ...

Industry News

Fencing company to recall some of its laid-off workers
Telegraph-Journal, Canada  - Jan 8, 2009
STEPHEN - SWP Industries Inc. will recall some laid-off workers at its St. Stephen fence plant next week, owner Stephen Crabbe said Wednesday...
CertainTeed Offers Useful Tips for Going Green at Home in the New Year
PR Newswire  - Jan 8, 2009
...Add a fence and landscaping. Adding a fence, shrubbery or other features can shield a home from colder temperatures that result from strong winter winds, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat a home. An easy-care vinyl fence, such as Chesterfield with CertaGrain(TM), is an excellent option that is long-lasting ...
Fencing firm contracts coup
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom  - Jan 8, 2009
Draperstown manufacturer Rogers Fencing Systems has won contracts to supply steel security gates to a number of high profile clients in Britain and the Republic...
Black & Decker announces Residential Access Control system
Examiner.com, MA  - Jan 8, 2009
Black & Decker announced their new Residential Access Control system at CES. A complete remote entry solution, it makes gives you total control over your lock including the ability to:...
RFID parking access control solution - by DAILY RFID
PRInside.com  - Jan 8, 2009
This RFID parking access control solution,base on UHF(UltraHigh frequency), integrates RFID windshield tags and long range RFID reader to allow parking lot to manage vehicle more efficiently and safely. ...
New technique helps timber firm buck the trend
MSNBC  - Jan 10, 2009
timber firm M&M Timber has bucked the trend and reported a 40 per cent increase in its December sales. The company from Clow Tops, near Kidderminster, claimed an industry first a few months ago with the introduction of its new Micronized preserved timber range....

Decking Industry News

CPI Plastics Group Limited
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada  - Jan 7, 2009
CPI Plastics Group Limited announced today that it has been unable to withstand the ravages of the current economic crisis and has been unable to gain the support of its secured lender to restructure CPI's financial affairs...
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. announces it has been selected to Alberta Venture magazine's "The Fast Growth 50".
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada  - Jan 7, 2009
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: WCT) (the "Company") is pleased to announce it has been selected to Alberta Venturemagazine's "The Fast Growth 50" for 2009...
Fire Testing Keeps Markets Open for Wood Siding & Decking
Building-Products.com, CA  - Jan 8, 2009
NEW California fire codes threatened the use of wood in outdoor applications in the state. But an industry testing program has earned approvals for a variety of western species, products and patterns for exterior use...
How Green Is Recycled Plastic Lumber?
Fox News  - Jan 8, 2009
You can saw it, you can sand it and, if you want to, you can carve your sweetheart's name into it. But beware: Mementos etched into this park bench won't last forever...

Local Government Issues

Pond/fence deal discomfits council - Extending fence on public land to protect
Oak Bay News, BC  - Jan 8, 2009
INADEQUATE fencing on the rail line, graffiti and rubbish dumped from trains will all be tackled with a $1 million grant to the southern Illawarra rail corridor, announced yesterday by Member for Kiama Matt Brown...
What recession ?
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL  - Jan 9, 2009
We heard a discussion item for a $2.8 million dollar solid panel privacy fence. I was under the impression that the administration was given orders by council to cut spending to the bare bone. If that is the case I have to wonder why this item was brought up at the last meeting...
Aiken County Will Not Use Taxpayer Dollars To Put Fence In Front Of Junkyard
WJBF-TV, GA  - Jan 9, 2009
There was a plan to use public money to put a fence around a private junkyard. Aiken County Council was in favor of that idea, until Tuesday night. Count on WJBF News Channel 6ís Fraendy Clervaud for more on the story...
Legal bid to tear down controversial fence stalls
Northern Echo, UK  - Jan 9, 2009
LEGAL action by a community group over a parish councilís erection of the controversial fence which resolved a long-standing dispute has stalled. Hurworth Parish Council chairman Ian Holme has told The Northern Echo he has yet to receive papers ...
Program on fence law set for Feb. 19
Hannibal.net, MO  - Jan 9, 2009
Palmyra, MO ó An interactive television program to discuss Missouriís fence law is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 The meeting will be in the Palmyra State Bank Community Room, 400 S. Main in Palmyra ....

Fences and Neighbors

Fence Doesn't Make Good Neighbors, Port Richey Deputies Say
MSNBC  - Jan 10, 2009
PORT RICHEY - Evidently, 83-year-old John Anthony Humbach didn't like that his neighbor's security camera was facing his property, so he tried to install a wooden stockade fence to block it....
Owner, residents to solve Chestnut fence dispute
Pioneer Press Online, IL  - Jan 6, 2009
The Hinsdale Zoning and Public Safety Committee agreed residents and owners of a development should settle the dispute themselves about a fence. ...
Good fences don't make good neighbors
Victoria Advocate, TX  - Jan 10, 2009
Patients in a Victoria nursing home found their window view and sunlight blocked by an 8-foot obstruction. Last week, the next-door property owner built a cedar fence along one side of the Victoria Nursing ...

Community Issues

Post-fire fence shuts park-lovers out
Toronto Star, Canada  - Jan 8, 2009
People who enjoy strolling around the historic Guild Inn are chafing at a new closed-door policy at the main entrance to the lakeside park. ...
North State Voice: Do we really need all those fences?
Enterprise-Record, CA  - Jan 8, 2009
I was startled awake by the sound of rain driven against the bedroom window. Windblown objects were crashing the house walls. Somewhere outside wood was creaking and snapping. Over it all, the most intense howling of the wind that I had heard in all my years living ...
Opposition to plans for fencing at skate park
Jersey Evening Post, UK  - Jan 6, 2009
SKATEBOARDERS are fighting plans to extend fencing around the new skate park at the Harbour. The Channel Islands Skateboarding Association say that the plans will cut ....


Fencing and Railroads

Railís million $ boost Ė for fences
Nowra South Coast Register, Australia  - Jan 7, 2009
It seemed like a generous offer. An Oak Bay resident was willing to install a chain link fence on public land to prevent passersby from falling down a slope and onto his property...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Keeping Bullwinkle off the highway
Nowra South Coast Register, Australia  - Jan 7, 2009
Earlier this week, work crews began putting up 27 kilometres of linear wildlife fencing. Transportation Minister Denis Landry said the $1-million project is ...
State says don't fence in coyotes
Cape Cod Times, MA  - Jan 7, 2009
OSTERVILLE ó For the past eight years, coyote expert Jonathan Way has been asking the state for a permit that would allow him to raise coyotes in his back yard. "It's data you can't collect in the wild," Way, a Barnstable High School teacher, said in an interview this week...
Fence may help buffalo, Yellowstone ranchers
San Francisco Chronicle, CA  - Jan 9, 2009
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam ...It's in their genes: Buffalo have itchy feet. They are born to roam. And when they can't roam, they get frustrated. Take my word for it: You ain't seen cranky till you've found yourself facing a cranky buffalo...

Schools and Fences

Security fence needed at school
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, OK  - Jan 6, 2009
In 2008, the Oklahoma Legislature approved funding for an iron and brick column security fence and eight locking gates around the south boundary of the school grounds to protect OSB students and control access to school property....

Pool Safety

Drowning risk for unfenced DIY pools
PerthNow, Australia  - Jan 10, 2009
In 2008, the Oklahoma Legislature approved funding for an iron and brick column security fence and eight locking gates around the south boundary of the school grounds to protect OSB students and control access to school property....


USA Mexico Border Fence

Fences have their proper places, but this isnít one of them
SunHerald.com, MS  - Jan 10, 2009
We call it the Rio Grande; to folks on the other side itís the Rio Bravo Del Norte. And the last 200 miles of the great river flow through some of the best birding habitat in North America ó the Lower Rio Grande Valley....
Security Shift
Tucson Weekly, AZ  - Jan 7, 2009
More than seven years after Sept. 11, its echoes still ring along the U.S-Mexico line. They linger amidst the powerfully symbolic and hugely destructive border fence, among shifting strategies against illegal immigration, and sprinkled throughout nervous whispers in the borderland night..

DIY - Consumers

Quick-setting concrete can fix a swaying fence
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com, NJ  - Jan 8, 2009
Q. A post that is part of my stockade fence is loose. When the wind blows the fence rocks back and forth and makes the post weaker. Can I fix this myself? I am a senior citizen and don't want to be cheated. ...


Al-Rashid Wins Border Fence Contract
U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, DC  - Jan 12, 2009
Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting Company, in conjunction with European Aeronautic Defense & Space Company (EADS), has been awarded the contract for a border surveillance program, which is phase two of the Saudi Arabian Border Guard Modernization Project ....
Dubai World Central installs 80 kms of fences and gates
AME Info, United Arab Emirates  - Jan 9, 2009
The installation of fences and gates around Dubai World Central (DWC), the 140-square kilometre, multi-phase urban land development centred around what is to become the world's largest airport - the DWC-Al Maktoum International Airport - has been completed....


Weird News

'Hellishly hot' sauce dedicated to Bernard Madoff
Canoe, Canada  - Jan 10, 2009
NEW YORK - Careful with this hot sauce: it will definitely burn. New York City artist Alex Gardega is selling $10 bottles of habanero hot sauce dedicated to disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff...

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