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Industry News

FENCETECH’09 & DECKTECH’09 Educate, Entertain, and Inspire
Press Release  - Jan 27, 2009
The recent FENCETECH’09 was a huge success, thanks to a good turnout of high quality visitors and innovative exhibitors at the 47th annual show, produced by the American Fence Association. “We were very impressed with the turnout at the show,” said Rick Church, executive vice president of AFA.....
Vogel Tool Proud to be Part of Inauguration
Press Release  - Jan 20, 2009
Vogel Tool & Die, the first manufacturer to introduce pipe notching equipment to the industry, watched this week's inaugural festivities with extra interest. Vogel built tooling for one DC area contractor who constructed the reviewing stands ...
Cresco Concrete Products, LLC Introduces New Cresco Panel & Post Fence System
Newswire Today (press release), UK  - Jan 26, 2009
Cresco Concrete Products, LLC has introduced its version of the classic panel and post concrete fence. This system looks identical to similar systems on the market but with one significant physical difference – it weighs half as much...
Rise in material theft leads to increase in Anti-Climb Fencing sales
AJP Online, UK  - Jan 20, 2009
Just seeing a fence topped with Vandgard is often enough to turn away most casual intruders because the premises are too difficult to get into...

Decking Industry News

CPI Plastics for sale
Canadian Plastics, Canada  - Jan 26, 2009
Weeks after being placed under receivership, profile and film extruder CPI Plastics Group Ltd. is up for sale. The Mississauga, Ont.-based company, currently being protected from creditors, will continue to operate while a buyer is being sought...
Latitudes Capricorn Tropical Composite Decking
Construction and Maintenance News  - Jan 27, 2009
Universal Forest Products, makers of Latitudes Composite Decking and Railing, announced the addition of Latitudes Capricorn to its composite decking lineup..
Class settlement in AERT deck cleaning suit
MSNBC  - Jan 20, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - 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 ...

Industry News - People

Press Release  - Jan 22, 2009
Niles, Ohio -- January 22, 2009 – Stacey Hoover has been hired as General Manager of Niles Fence & Security Products, nationwide supplier of the SECUREX expanded metal security fence systems. “Stacey is responsible for all aspects of our newly formed company” ...
CEO emphasizes unwavering commitment and faith in dreams
Tallahassee.com, FL  - Jan 21, 2009
The focus of this column is to learn from leaders in business, government and the nonprofit sector. This month, GTO Inc. President and CEO Joe Kelley offers his perspective. The Tallahassee company manufacturers and distributes access controls, such as gate openers and tele-entry devices....
Fence-making made easy
Bend Bulletin, OR  - Jan 27, 2009
PRINEVILLE — Dan Rohrer’s labor-saving device is as good as its name. The air-powered Man Saver Post Driver takes all the work out of pounding a fence post into the ground, said Rohrer, 73, who engineered and patented the device in 1997...

Steel Industry News

US DoC to review AD duty on Taiwanese carbon steel pipes
SteelGuru  - Jan 21, 2009
CIt is reported that US Department of Commerce has initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Taiwan in response to a request from Allied Tube & Conduit Corporation...

Fence Contractors in the News

Iron fence installation hits brick wall
MiamiHerald.com, FL - Jan 20, 2009
On Sept. 15, I signed a contract with Torres Fence and Manufacturing to put up an iron fence. The contract stated that I had to pay a down payment and deposit of $2,050 and then another $1,750 upon completion. I was told that checks were not accepted ....

Local Government Issues

City’s fence letter angers aldermen
New Britain Herald, CT  - Jan 23, 2009
NEW BRITAIN — Unsatisfied by a city lawyer’s account of how taxpayers were ripped off for $79,000 from a fence replacement at Fairvew Cemetery, several aldermen said Thursday that they would seek help from the state....
Joliet preservation panel to hear fence controversy
Joliet Herald News, IL  - Jan 22, 2009
JOLIET — The city's Historic Preservation Commission will discuss a Western Avenue fence controversy at its Feb. 25. meeting. "We'll be reviewing a certificate of appropriateness to see if we can approve a different design," said Barb Newberg, secretary for the commission.....
Rotek gets a variance for a fence
Aurora Advocate, OH  - Jan 21, 2009
Aurora -- Deciding that a proposed 7-foot high fence in front of Rotek Inc. will enhance the aesthetics, the city's board of zoning appeals granted a variance Jan. 14. The city's zoning code does not permit a fence in a front yard in an I-1 industrial district; thus the need for the variance. ....
Jail fence to get modifications
Andalusia Star-News, AL  - Jan 26, 2009
It took more than $2,000 to repair the damage caused during the New Year’s Day escape of a federal inmate from the county jail, Commission Chairman Lynn Sasser said Monday. The damage was done when T.C. Harris pried open a hole in the exercise yard fence and scaled the outside fence before escaping...
Fences Not Enough At Westcott Reservoir
MSNBC  - Jan 22, 2009
Days after an Auburn girl was fatally injured sledding at Syracuse's Westcott Reservoir, a fence went up. But some say even that's not working. "Come up with plan or a solution, as to what we can do to prevent this issue from ever happening again," Common Councilor Thomas Seals...

Community Issues

New Fence Leads to Backups at Twin Lakes
First Coast News, FL  - Jan 22, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Some parents at a local elementary school are upset about a fence that is now up at a neighboring school. A fence is around part of Twin ....
Ministry installs half of Hwy. 401 snow fencing
Northumberland News, Canada  - Jan 22, 2009
NORTHUMBERLAND - Half of the provincial plan to reduce dangerous winter driving conditions and keep drivers safer on Hwy. 401 east of Cobourg is now in place. On Feb. 1, 2007, a fiery 18-vehicle pileup ...
Permanent fence now in place where 3-year-old nearly tumbled off cliff
KATU, OR -  - Jan 22, 2009
Scientists now want to build a double fence standing more than 3ft tall to stop the cancer's relentless spread towards the rugged north west of the island ...
Frustrations mount as a neighborhood fence topples
News 8 Austin, TX  - Jan 26, 2009
For 14 years, Joanna Brown has lived in the Circle C Ranch Subdivision. "I really want to be able to drive into my neighborhood and be proud of it," Brown said...


Fence Disputes in the News

BZA seeking compromise on fence disputes
Staunton News Leader, VA  - Jan 23, 2009
STAUNTON — The Board of Zoning Appeals challenged city officials to join the board in finding an out-of-court solution to past and future fence disputes involving the area....
Five-year dispute nears end over La Gorce Country Club fence
MiamiHerald.com, FL  - Jan 23, 2009
For two years, Ron Berger hasn't been able to park his car in his driveway -- forced to park on his lawn because a much-disputed fence put up by the nearby La Gorce Country Club cuts across the front of his house....

The Famous and Their Fences

It All Comes Crashing Down on Tom Cruise
TMZ.com, CA  - Jan 22, 2009
Today in London, Tommy Boy fell victim to a rogue gate, which came barreling down on his van at Heathrow airport. It doesn't appear the Scientolostar -- or even the vehicle -- suffered any injuries. Praise Xenu! ....

USA Mexico Border Fence

$50 million will go toward helping ease impact of border fence
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Jan 26, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security -- in a rare acknowledgment of the environmental consequences of the 670-mile-long border fence still under construction along the Mexican border -- has agreed to commit $50 million for projects to mitigate the....
Fence will plug notorious smuggling route
North County Times, CA  - Jan 24, 2009
IMPERIAL BEACH ---- The rough terrain at Smuggler's Gulch once made it easier for criminals to elude police and carry contraband from Mexico to the United States. ...

Pool Safety

Panel to consider laws on pool fencing, grease traps
Norwalk Advocate, CT  - Jan 26, 2009
STAMFORD -- Homeowners without pool enclosures and restaurant or cafeteria owners without properly maintained grease traps may face fines if lawmakers approve new regulations under consideration Monday by the Legislative and Rules Committee...
Pool Safety - the fence is only the start
Grenfell Record and Bland Advertiser, Australia  - Jan 22, 2009
Pool fencing requirements are only the first line of defence when you look at swimming pool safety. An increasing number of children are drowning by getting through, under or over existing pool gates and fencing that their parents believed were secure...

Fences and Animals

Electric fence for Whiteman Park
WA today, Australia  - Jan 26, 2009
A Department of Planning and Infrastructure document obtained by WAtoday.com.au reveals the 2.1m-high fence will engulf the park's rectangular 'Woodland Reserve' that was conceived five years ago...
Can a fence save the devil?
Channel 4 News, UK  - Jan 24, 2009
Scientists now want to build a double fence standing more than 3ft tall to stop the cancer's relentless spread towards the rugged north west of the island ...


Fencing and Airports

Bloomington airport gets federal funds
Peoria Journal Star, IL  - Jan 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON — The Central Illinois Regional Airport has received a substantial grant to build a new fence in accord with federal safety standards. And the timing of the funds - $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration ....
Bid in Friday's FenceBids

FAA approves $200,000 grant to upgrade Bandon's airport
Bandon Western World, OR  - Jan 22, 2009
The grant will cover design work for an automated weather observing system at the airport, for constructing a perimeter fence, for removing hazardous trees on airport property,...

Schools and Fences

School fence bid to keep vandals at bay
Queensferry Tooday, UK - Jan 23, 2009
FOLLOWING a summer of vandalism that has caused extensive damage to the school building, Springfield Primary in Linlithgow is putting up a security fence. As reported in the Journal and Gazette over the summer, young people have been climbing onto the school roof in the evenings and at weekends, dislodging and damaging the slates. ...


Weird News

Tourists irk fishermen by licking their tuna
Canoe, Canada  - Jan 26, 2009
TOKYO - Tourists are known for acting silly, but licking the tuna? Overwhelmed by a growing number of misbehaving tourists, Tokyo fishmongers banned all visitors from one of the city's most popular tourist...

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