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  FenceTech 2009 Update Blog

2009 Challenges - Learn Strategies
In 2009, fence and deck professionals like you will be expected to do more with less. To become more creative. Work even smarter. Operate your business more economically. And accomplish all this within a strict budget. How can you achieve all this during tough economic times? ...
FenceTech '09 Update Blog

Industry News

A Whole New Look to Fencing with BellaStone® Architectural Columns
Press Release - Dec 23, 2008
Fences add privacy, provide safety and security, and most importantly, enhance the appearance of a property. To bring substance and versatility to fencing designs, Exterior Portfolio® by Crane has introduced its new BellaStone® Architectural Columns that can add beauty, style and elegance to fencing applications.... COME SEE THEM at FENCETECH #823
HySecurity employees volunteer to saves lives
Press Release - Dec 29, 2008
HySecurityfirst employee blood drive was held Tuesday, Decemmber 23, 2008 at HySecurity's manuafacturing facility in Kent WA.... COME SEE THEM at FENCETECH #1345

Decking Industry News

Authentic Hardwood Look With Ultra-Low Maintenance Benefits - TimberTech Expands XLM® Decking with New Tropical Color - Desert Bronze
Press Release, OH  - Jan 6, 2008
Alternative decking products have undergone numerous improvements that have resulted in easier-to-maintain and more aesthetically pleasing decks. TimberTech®, a leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing and fencing products, has raised the bar... COME SEE THEM at FENCETECH #1063
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. announces Millennium Decking System to once again join ABC'S "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to help a deserving family
PR Newswire (press release), NY  - -Dec 30, 2008
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: WCT) (the "Company") is pleased to announce its participation with ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" for the second time. The Company has donated its Millennium Decking System(TM)....

Steel Industry News

Steelmakers had boom-to-bust 2008
Detroit Free Press, MI  - Jan 2, 2009
PITTSBURGH — U.S. steel prices reached all-time highs, and the stocks of companies in the sector climbed, before the industry tumbled with the global economy and ended 2008 with production cuts, layoffs and fears demand will continue to slide....

Fence Contractors in the News

Fence Goes Up At Eagle Picher
thejournal-news.net, IL  - Jan 2, 2009
About 2000 linear feet of chain fence went around areas of the old Eagle Picher plant on the east side of Hillsboro last week. Primarily on the east and ......

Local Government Issues

Critics say Newark barbed wire ban helps criminals
The Associated Press  - Jan 4, 2008
Some business owners in this crime-plagued city say recent enforcement of a decades-old ordinance prohibiting some types of barbed wire and razor wire is making Newark more attractive — to thieves....
WEIS, AL  - Jan 4, 2009
operators of the University of Georgias Northwest Georgia Research & Education Center, a 905 acre farm specializing in beef cattle research, recently installed 7,000 feet of fencing...
City council: Fence can't stay up as is
Joliet Herald News, IL  - Jan 2, 2009
JOLIET -- A fence on Western Avenue was the top issue Monday at city hall. Debate over the appropriateness of the fence was long and involved during the workshop session that preceded the council's regular meeting tonight...
Planning bungle causes off fence
Northern Territory, Australia  - Jan 6, 2009
ABOUT 350 expensive fence posts are being dug up only two weeks after being laid because a planning officer drew a line in the wrong place...

Community Issues

Neighbors petition for fence
Muncie Star Press, IN  - Jan 2, 2009
The Powers and neighbors Holly and Nick Whistle are listed first on a November petition to Roger Smith, owner of the new Animal Medical Center. Their households are among 37 names asking Smith to put up a fence between the north edge of ..
THE PEOPLE SPEAK: Need for Parkview fence questioned
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, OK  - Jan 2, 2009
can’t believe we the taxpayers are paying for a wrought-iron fence to be put around Parkview (Oklahoma School for the Blind). Who decided this anyway? ...
Crestview eyes fence for new soccer field
SalemNews.net, OH  - Dec 30, 2008
COLUMBIANA - The Crestview Board of Education's Building and Grounds Committee will recommend the school board move forward with a proposal to install fencing around the district's new soccer field...
Parents Raise Awareness About Need for Enclosed Playgrounds at Local Schools
KBTX, TX  - Jan 2, 2009
It's a problem that was brought to light a few months ago, some local school playgrounds are not fenced in. You may remember a four-year-old was able to wander away from a College Station elementary school in November, and the incident is now raising awareness about a lapse in school security...
Fence going up in parking lot
SunJournal.com, ME  - Jan 2, 2009
Work started Monday to erect a chain-link fence in the municipal parking lot to designate reserved spaces for tenants of William Marceau, the new owner of the Witt Bros. Rexall property...


Fences and Animals - Wildlife

What to do with the deer in N. Caldwell?
Caldwell Progress, NJ  - Jan 2, 2009
Deer and ways to protect residents’ health, safety and vegetation from them will continue to be examined by the council in 2009. At a meeting of the Township Council on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an ordinance allowing deer fencing in side and rear yards was on the agenda...
Fence hope for Tasmanian Devils
BBC News, UK  - Jan 4, 2009
Australian scientists say they want to build a fence on Tasmania to prevent the spread of a cancer that threatens the Tasmanian Devil with extinction...
Fence them off
Salt Lake Tribune, UT  - Dec 31, 2008
When traveling recently between Banff and Jasper, Canada, I noticed they had 7-foot-high protective animal fences for a hundred miles; the animals crossed through underpasses and overpasses. We need something like that in Utah. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Border Fence Stops At Water's Edge
KOLD-TV, AZ  - Jan 2, 2009
He was seeing this section of the border wall/fence for the first time. He was surprised it stopped and started at the water's edge. There's a 20 foot gap straddling the river...
Fence Fears
Tucson Weekly, AZ  - Jan 1, 2009
Say what you will about Michael Chertoff, but the outgoing Homeland Security secretary has never shied from flexing his institutional muscle. ...

Fence Accidents

6-Year Old Girl Electrocuted On Fence
KLTV, TX  - Dec 30, 2008
A 6-year old East Texas girl falls on an electric fence and is killed by the unusually high amperage. Harrison County Sheriff's investigators say the man who put up the fence could face criminal charges ...


CCS decides to speed up fencing along B’desh borders
Zee News, India  - Jan 5, 2009
Minister Manmohan Singh approved the plans submitted by the Home Ministry for quickly erecting a fence along the 4,094-km-long borders with Bangladesh, government sources said here. ...


Weird News

Liars Club names top fib of 2008
Canoe, Canada  - Jan 5, 2009
MILWAUKEE - A whopper about a devious baby and his diapers is the top lie of 2008, an organization of champion U.S. fibbers declared Monday...

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