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Economic Stimulus Package - and the Fence Industry
Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Act”). President Obama signed the Act into law on February 17, 2009. The Act provides a series of .... FenceWeek Blog ...

Industry News

Master Halco announces new Designmaster Fencing
Press Release  - Mar 8, 2009
Master Halco, Inc., the leading distributor and manufacturer of fence systems in North America, has announced Designmaster™ welded wire as the latest addition to its line of fencing products ...
Brushed WPC panel suitable for fences
Global Sources  - Mar 8, 2009
Mainland China – Guangzhou Kindwood Co. Ltd is offering a wood-plastic composite panel that has a brushed finish. Suitable for fences, the product is resistant to water and termites. It does not splinter or rot. The panel has a hollow profile and comes in a standard size of 1,800x1,800mm. Specifications on the dimensions are accepted ...
High security lock goes in at critical sites
Global Sources  - Mar 8, 2009
Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd has developed a lock that is being fitted at critical national infrastructure sites in the UK. The high security slide-bar gate lock includes an optional electronic activation which can be "easily interfaced" with existing access control systems for remote operation...
Fence and Gate Post Clamps protect facilities from lightning.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release)  - Mar 1, 2009
February 2, 2009 - Made from high-copper content alloy, Fence and Gate Post Clamps connect to ground conductor, and allow it to dissipate energy into low-impedance grounding system...
Metals manufacturer consolidates
Manufacturers' Monthly  - Mar 9, 2009
The Downee product range includes gate automation systems, fence fittings and sliding door and track systems for the commercial, domestic and rural markets. New product ranges include stainless steel fittings for glass fencing and balustrading and modular glass fencing and balustrading systems...

Decking Industry News

Trex Says 2008 Was an ''Excellent Year'' for the Company
BuildingOnline.com  - Mar 4, 2009
WINCHESTER, VA -- Trex Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of Trex decking, railing, fencing and trim, reported net income of $13.6 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, compared to a net loss of $75.9 million for 2007. The company said net sales for the year amounted to $329 million, almost unchanged from a year earlier.. ...
Principia’s New Report Reveals Dynamics in the $3 Billion Exterior Railing Market
Earthtimes (press release)  - Mar 9, 2009
The demand for exterior railing for balconies, decks and porches got hit hard by the downturn in the residential construction market in 2008. ...
Redwood Products and Plans Easier to Find
Building-Products.com  - Mar 9, 2009
CALIFORNIA Redwood Association has expanded its efforts to make it easier for contractors and do-it-yourselfers to locate-and be successful with-redwood. CRA recently revised its website (www.calredwood.org), ...

Local Government Issues

Anti-suicide fencing on West Gate Bridge delayed over pay dispute
Melbourne Herald Sun  - Mar 10, 2009
ANTI-suicide fencing on the West Gate Bridge has been delayed over a $10-an-hour pay dispute. As the stand-off drags into a second month, a grieving father whose 17-year-old son died when he leapt from the bridge a few weeks ago has pleaded for common sense so the barriers can be erected as soon as possible...
Worthing home-owner fights for fence
Bognor Today  - Mar 9, 2009
DOES this look like a fort? That's the view of Worthing Borough Council, which has told the house owner to remove the railings and gates, and lower the gate piers...

Local Government Issues - Ordinances

City looking to allow synthetic materials in fences and walls
News Chief  - Mar 8, 2009
WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven city commissioners are expected to discuss Monday an amendment to the section of city ordinances pertaining to fence and wall criteria. The city's land development code establishes standards ...
Proposed Action Targets Retaining Walls/Fences
Webster Kirkwood Times  - Mar 8, 2009
The Webster Groves City Council on Tuesday proposed changes to the zoning code on retaining walls and chain link fences....
The Newark Advocate  - Mar 5, 2009
TNEWARK -- Changes in Ohio's Line Fence Law now are in effect. The law was modified in summer 2008. Details of the new ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Officials present ‘no fence' alternatives
Brownsville Herald  - Mar 8, 2009
Brownsville officials presented a "no fence" alternative to officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, a proposal to designate the city a "center of excellence" ....
Border fence nearly finished: After millions spent, opinions on barricade remain mixed
El Paso Times  - Mar 8, 2009
SAN ELIZARIO -- Teresa Castillo has a unique perspective on the $2.6 billion fence being built between the United States and Mexico...

Community Issues

Parks and recreation trumpet dog park fence
The Desert Sun  - Mar 4, 2009
After more than a month of work, a new fence has been erected at Joe Mann Dog Park. A contract to replace the fence was awarded to JD Landscaping and ....
Fence Bid on Woods
Comet 24  - Mar 9, 2009
DEVELOPERS who have failed to seek planning permission to erect a fence around land used by the community may be ordered to take it down. Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) has said it will write to Leach Homes, which wants ...
Park fence replacement to be complete by April
Honolulu Advertiser  - Mar 5, 2009
A fence replacement project at the three softball fields at Keopuolani Park is expected to be completed by April 26, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation. The fields have been closed since late January for removal of the original fencing that was installed when the park was built...


DIY - Consumers

Tight budget, creativity lead to snow-ski fence
Gainesville Sun  - Mar 9, 2009
It's been 10 years since Carla "Jo" Elmore has seen snow, but now she is reminded of it every day. Two weeks ago she and husband, Tony Bernasconi, put up a privacy fence in their backyard...

Homeland Security

Anti-terrorist security urged for PM's residences
Globe and Mail  - Mar 9, 2009
The RCMP's concern about security at 24 Sussex, in spite of the existing metal fence, security cameras and on-site guards, raises questions as to whether ...
Fences installed to protect Morro Bay watershed
Los Angeles Times  - Mar 4, 2009
A 3-year-old Morro Bay National Estuary program has installed 70000 feet of streamside fencing as part of an effort to restore wildlife habitat in a nearby ....

Schools and Fences

NEWFANE: School district getting new baseball fence
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal  - Mar 4, 2009
NEWFANE — The Newfane School District is getting a new baseball fence and discus cage. In the second phase of its capital project, the district has been looking to repair a baseball backstop and fence line near the middle school on Transit Road in Newfane ....
Blueprints drawn on fence around campus housing
The Guardian  - Mar 3, 2009
AM Management, the private company that owns much of campus housing, is slated to build a gate around the dorms and apartments this spring out of their own pocket...


Jail Needs Fencing To Prevent Jumps
MSNBC  - Mar 5, 2009
An Ohio jail wants to install fencing along a balcony and a staircase to keep inmates from jumping as far as 16 feet to the floor below...
Westmoreland County commissioners approve jail fence
Pittsburgh Post Gazette  - Mar 5, 2009
At a meeting last Thursday, the Westmoreland County commissioners unanimously approved spending $158,000 to finish a fence in the county jail that will prevent inmates from jumping from the second-story balcony into the atrium....

Fencing and Airports

Minister defends plan to replace Isle of Man Airport fence
Isle of Man Today  - Mar 10, 2009
THE security of the travelling public could be jeopardised by the deteriorating condition of the perimeter fence at Isle of Man Airport — unless it is renewed as a matter of urgency....

Fences and Animals

New Zealand: Boundary fence's costs keep on growing
Farmers Guardian, NZ  - Mar 5, 2009
New Zealand’s most expensive farm boundary fence has already cost the owners $94 (£33) a metre to build and defend – and the cost is still going up. ...

Fences and Weather

AgriLife Extension pledges support for 'Operation New Fences'
AgNews  - Mar 5, 2009
According to the TDA, the site also provides the opportunity to donate specific needed supplies, including fences posts, barbed wire, fencing staples and ...
Officials say ranchers still need help after Ike
Dallas Morning News  - Mar 5, 2009
Southeast Texas ranchers and farmers are in dire need of help six months after Hurricane Ike killed thousands of their cattle and destroyed equipment and miles of fencing, the state's top agriculture official said Thursday...

Fences in the Courts

Court-ordered fence installed to keep peace
TheChronicleHerald.ca  - Mar 5, 2009
BARRINGTON — The fence is up, and Elwin Quinlan is back at home, doing time. On Thursday afternoon, the 66-year-old helped carry groceries into his tiny Southside bungalow, where he’s on house arrest for attacking a neighbour with a shovel...


Weird News

Australian wrestles kangaroo from family home
Canoe, Canada  - Mar 9, 2009
CANBERRA, Australia - When a dark intruder smashed through his bedroom window and repeatedly bounced on his bed, Beat Ettlin was initially relieved to discover it was a kangaroo....

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