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Blogging from FenceTech 2009
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Industry News

Edgewood™ Vinyl Railing from CertainTeed Brings New Authentic Woodgrain Texture to Railing Product Line
Press Release  - Jan 14, 2009
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation strengthens its position as a one-stop shop for a wide array of railing products with the introduction of Edgewood™ vinyl railing — the first railing product to offer the natural beauty of painted and stained wood in an easy-to-maintain vinyl material....
BD loops celebrates 8 years in business
Press Release  - Jan 19, 2009
“We are proud to announce our eighth year in business, but where has the time gone?” queries Ted Dickson, owner of BD Loops, a major provider of inductance loops for vehicle control...
Hawthorne Officer Invents Low-Tech Crime Tool
MSNBC  - Jan 15, 2009
The officers call them "anti-personnel fences," and according to officer Rob Storey, they are becoming more and more common around Los Angeles, and more and more of a problem for law enforcement....

Decking Industry News

Class settlement in AERT deck cleaning suit
Forbes, NY  - Jan 20, 2009
“Refunds, replacement decking or more information would be provided by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. as part of a $13 million settlement of a class action lawsuit over mold and mildew staining problems with its ChoiceDek products...
Trex Company Responds to Filing of Class Action Lawsuit
BusinessWire  - Jan 16, 2009
WINCHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TWP), the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood alternative decking, railing, fencing and trim, responded to a class action suit filed in Washington by a plaintiffs’ class action law firm alleging certain product defects...

Fence Contractors in the News

Aldermen ask for answers on fence
New Britain Herald, CT  - Jan 18, 2009
...city could have ended up paying $100000 for approximately 500 feet of flimsy aluminum fencing so far in place of an approximately 3786-foot iron fence...
Ambitious Zootech won't be fenced in
Stoke & Staffordshire, UK  - Jan 15, 2009
A FENCING firm which also makes homes for zoo animals is planning to triple its workforce by the end of the year. Staffordshire Moorlands Fencing has just moved to new premises three times the size of its old headquarters to accommodate new machinery which will allow it to start manufacturing its own products for the first time....
Sacramento's S&S Fence Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Open Press (press release)  - Jan 15, 2009
One of Sacramento's most well known and most well-respected fencing contractors, S&S Fence Company Inc., is celebrating its 20th year of doing business in the Greater Sacramento Area and Northern California. The fencing company which is also a member of the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) group of contractors...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Fake fence installer burglarizes Yonkers man's home
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY  - Jan 15, 2009
YONKERS - Yonkers police are looking for a man who posed as a fence installer to burglarize an 81-year-old man's home. Police said the imposter searched dresser drawers in the victim's Kimball Avenue home but did not get any property during the burglary, police said today...

Schools and Fences

City high school receives homeland security grant
Edmond Sun, OK  - Jan 20, 2009
This summer the district plans to spend $950000 of the 2009 bond money to build perimeter security fencing and place two gate houses and parking lot ...
Neighbors take new steps to curtail students’ shortcut
The Register-Guard, OR  - Jan 19, 2009
Over winter vacation, four neighbors pooled their money to get a city permit and erected a 6-foot chain-link gate smack across the middle of the alley. It didn’t last long...

Local Government Issues

12 Break-Ins After City Made Him Remove Barbed Wire
New York Times, NY  - Jan 15, 2009
FOR years, James Lawson said, his small used-car lot in Newark’s West Ward was rarely hit by thieves. But last summer the city told him to remove the barbed wire atop the fence protecting JL Auto Sales ...
City Plans Large Iron Fence For 82nd Avenue
KPTV.com, OR  - Jan 15, 2009
The city of Portland hopes to decrease traffic collisions and crime by constructing a large fence down the middle of Northeast 82nd Avenue....
£6000 fence to stop vandals
WalesOnline, United Kingdom  - Jan 15, 2009
A SECURITY fence is to be built around part of playing fields in Penarth in an attempt to stop vandals making residents’ lives a miser....
When is a fence not a fence? North Hudson board ponders the question
Hudson Star Observer, WI  - Jan 16, 2009
A conditional use permit – for a fence which turned out not to be a fence and therefore didn’t require a variance to construct – was a topic of semantics ...
Planning Commission takes up fencing issue
Staunton News Leader, VA  - Jan 16, 2009
STAUNTON — The Planning Commission instructed city staff Tuesday to develop a plan that could solve several residential fencing issues before complaints reach the Board of Zoning Appeals....

Fences and Weather

Volunteers travel thousands of miles to mend fences
Beaumont Enterprise, TX  - Jan 14, 2009
Mounds of debris still surround the white ranch house tucked into a grove of live oaks on FM 562 deep in southern Chambers County. Some of those piles at Leroy Ezer's place are the 20 miles of fence he lost that set his cattle loose...

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Community Issues

BBC plans Broadcasting House security fence
Broadcastnow, UK  - Jan 15, 2009
The BBC has applied for planning permission to build a US Embassy-style "ring of steel" around Broadcasting House. The barrier would consist of more than 200 fixed metal bollards, eight hydraulic retractable bollards and seven large concrete planters ...
Fence site blues
YourNabe.com, NY  - Jan 18, 2009
The fence is temporary, but its construction is anything but. The elaborate steel and wood enclosure, protecting the 5-building development off Rawlins Avenue in Country Club from graffiti and vandalism, may foretell the immediate future of the long-stalled project...
Bump and Grind Trail: New fence is suspicious
The Desert Sun, CA  - Jan 18, 2009
Your newspaper was very strong, and rightfully so, in its position on applying the no trespassing bylaws on accessing the Bump and Grind Trail off of Magnesia Falls. Many of us who use this trail, however, saw this enforcement as the first step in closing the trail altogether. ...
Fence to be Built at Westcott Reservoir
MSNBC  - Jan 18, 2009
After a 12 year old Auburn girl was critically injured in a sledding accident at Westcott Reservoir, the city will be putting up a bright orange snow fence ...

Fences and History

Green: History traces crooked fence line
Pensacola News Journal, FL  - Jan 16, 2009
The old fences represented the agreed-upon boundaries; as long as they stood, the descriptions on the deeds didn't matter. I imagine the old fence started ...
Antique Tool Talk
Mercury-Register, CA  - Jan 20, 2009
Have you started to yawn yet? Read on a bit more: It has been said the two most important inventions that tamed the West were first the railroad and second barbed wire; no, it was not the Colt pacemaker ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Smuggler's Gulch cut off at the pass as fencing project transforms ...
Boston Globe, MA  - Jan 19, 2009
SAN DIEGO - Smuggler's Gulch lived up to its infamous name. For a century, the narrow canyon leading into California from Mexico provided cover for cattle thieves and opium dealers, bandits, and booze runners. More recently, it has hidden thousands of illegal immigrants on their journey north, ...
Border Plan Will Address Harm Done at Fence Site
New York Times, NY  - Jan 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES — The federal government has pledged millions of dollars to make up for the environmental damage from building hundreds of miles of fences along the Mexican border through wilderness and protected lands ...

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Fencing and Airports

Airports get $1.2M in grants
Hattiesburg American, MS  - Jan 20, 2009
Seven Pine Belt airports have received more than $1.2 million in federal funds for improvement projects. The money was part of $3.5 million-package awarded to Mississippi airports through grants provided by the United States Department of Transportation and administered by the Federal Aviation Administration....
Airport fence repairs proposed
Escanaba Daily Press, MI  - Jan 15, 2009
ESCANABA - A proposal to fix some portions of the fence around the Delta County Airport was presented at the Delta County Airport Board meeting by Rory Mattson of the Delta Conservation District Wednesday afternoon.....

Pool Safety

Qld survey finds pool supervision rests with parents
ABC Online, Australia  - Jan 18, 2009
We need to make sure that parents are educated annually, we need to look at how pools are protected and how pool fencing is really secure positioned. Swimming Pool and Spa Association president Rodney Webb agrees that the main focus of proposed pool safety laws ...
City council: More pool-fence discussions
Worthington Daily Globe, MN  - Jan 18, 2009
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council continued discussion Monday on a proposed ordinance change that would redefine recreational swimming pools in the city....

International

EADS consortium likely to bag $2.6 billion Saudi Arabian border ...
domain-B, India  - Jan 15, 2009
The BBC has applied for planning permission to build a US Embassy-style "ring of steel" around Broadcasting House. The barrier would consist of more than 200 fixed metal bollards, eight hydraulic retractable bollards and seven large concrete planters ...
BRO to fence Indo-Myanmar border
E-Pao.net, India  - Jan 17, 2009
Imphal, January 17 2009: Along with holding a meeting in connection with erecting fencing along Indo-Myanmar border on the side of Manipur for over a distance of 10 kms with Secretary of Border Management of the Union Home Ministry ...

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Weird News

Beer more important than knife wound
Canoe, Canada  - Jan 19, 2009
A man who was stabbed at the York Hotel opted to return to the bar to finish his beer rather than seek medical attention...

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