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Industry News

New Colonial Baluster Rounds Out CertainTeed® Panorama™Railing Design Options
Press Release  - Mar 20, 2009
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed welcomes a new colonial baluster to its Panorama™ line of composite railing, rounding out a broad array of design options that create a unique look for one- and two-family homes....
Master Halco opens new Hayward, CA branch location
Press Release  - Mar 20, 2009
ORANGE, Calif. — Master Halco, Inc., the leading distributor and manufacturer of fence systems in North America, has announced that it is opening a new branch location in Hayward, California...
Principia’s New Report Reveals Dynamics in the $3 Billion Exterior Railing Market
BusinessWire  - Mar 9, 2009
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The demand for exterior railing for balconies, decks and porches got hit hard by the downturn in the residential construction market in 2008. According to Principia Partners’ newly published report on the North American market for exterior railing...

Decking Industry News

DeckExpo 2009 October 27-30 in Indianapolis
Building Online  - Mar 11, 2009
DeckExpo 2009 is scheduled to take place October 27-30, 2009 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The show is the preeminent event for the deck, dock and railing industry....
Tiger Claw Delivers World's First Semi-Automatic Hidden Deck Fastener Installation Gun
MarketWire  - Mar 23, 2009
Tiger Claw Inc. today announced the general availability of a new semi-automatic installation tool that dramatically reduces the already-quick installation of Tiger Claw's groove fasteners...
Hardwood Specialist Rolls Out New Certified Line
Building-Products.com  - Mar 23, 2009
FOR more than 35 years, East Teak Fine Hardwoods has distributed and manufactured a wide range of products-decking, siding, flooring, and architectural mouldings-from a variety of exotic hardwoods. To set itself apart, the company has made offering certified and sustainable wood its top priority ...
Slowdown Finally Catches Up to Cedar
Building-Products.com  - Mar 18, 2009
After holding strong through most of 2008, demand for western red cedar has fallen back in line with the rest of the dismal lumber market ...
Maine Construction Business Applauds President's Pledge Back
MPBN News  - Mar 18, 2009
He set up Correct Building Products with a partner 10 years ago, he says, and built it up into one of the country's top ten manufacturers of decking materials. Annual sales regularly top $30 million...

Small Business

Street Smarts: Surviving the Recession
Inc. Magazine  - Mar , 2009
Fear can be a motivator, but it can also lead you into bad decisions, particularly in times like these. I have no doubt that a lot of business owners have spent the past couple of months implementing cost-saving plans and survival strategies that will weaken their companies and damage their long-term prospects ..
Death by Contract — Or Lack Thereof
Small Business Trends  - Mar 8, 2009
Being nice is great for family and friends. However, in business it can be a killer. A mistake so many business owners make is thinking they don’t need contracts with clients, subcontractors, and employees...

Local Government Issues

Extra fences may stay at wolf sanctuary
The Denver Post  - Mar 18, 2009
A Larimer County wolf sanctuary will be able to keep four half-acre pens on two conditions: the sanctuary owner pay the $82.50 building permit and the pens remain free of wolves. ...
Fencing Off Violence In Salinas
KCBA  - Mar 24, 2009
SALINAS, Calif.- A Salinas neighborhood wants the city to block off a walkway connecting Boyle Ct. and Alvin Dr., that they say, is fueling burglaries, drugs and fights...
Repairs being made to I-20 fence
KTBS  - Mar 23, 2009
State highway crews today began making repairs to right-of-way fencing along a part of Interstate 20 in Shreveport where a 12-year-old boy was killed while trying to cross the highway...
Council agrees to 4m high fence at Arnold Town
This is Nottingham  - Mar 18, 2009
YOUNG footballers could soon be allowed to play at their new ground after a council backed down in a safety row. Up to 400 youngsters have been waiting for months to use the new facilities at Arnold Town's Eagle Valley ground....

Local Government Issues - Ordinance

Don't feel fenced in by ordinance ... allow programs to help
The Coloradoan  - Mar 23, 2009
Do you know about our community's new codes regarding fences and yards? An ordinance for dirt yards and dilapidated fences - visible from the street - became effective in January...
Lookout Mountain, Ga. Tables Fence Ordinance Changes
The Chattanoogan  - Mar 23, 2009
Lookout Mountain, Ga., Mayor Tom Gifford recommended to the City Council on Thursday to table the proposed changes to the existing fence ordinance until more information can be gathered and reviewed...

Community Issues

Fence erected at old Royal Mail site
Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph  - Mar 20, 2009
Royal Mail chiefs have erected a security fence around their empty sorting office in Northampton to keep out drunks following pressure from police and ...
Parents of children who fell over cliff want a fence
Tarentum Valley News Dispatch -  - Mar 21, 2009
Parents of some of the children who fell over a cliff in Harrison Hills Park last Sunday remain dissatisfied with the response of Allegheny County officials about safety there....
Fencing cuts risk of injury
News Community Media, Austrailia  - Mar 23, 2009
The Beckett Rd fauna fence saga is over, with Brisbane City Council scheduled to start construction of the barrier this month ...
Fence removal gives access to Derby Dam
Connecticut Post  - Mar 18, 2009
SHELTON -- The fence the owners of the Shelton Canal Company put up to keep residents out of the company's property has been taken down after a federal agency ordered it removed. The public is once again able to fish at the Derby Dam, ...


Cemetery Fence

Controversial Cemetery Fence in Limbo
KAVU  - Mar 16, 2009
Its been 30 days since Edna residents voiced their concerns about a proposed fence to divide two adjacent cemeteries. Now board members from one cemetery say they have unanswered questions, and people from the other cemetery still feel the fence is racially motivated...
Fence for Cemetery
Clay News  - Mar 21, 2009
At a vote of 3-2, the Clay City Council approved spending up to $4,000 to put in a fence around the Wear Cemetery to protect it from vandalism...

Fences and Weather

Fence topples onto house
Straits Times  - Mar 21, 2009
Houseowner Pesi B. Chacha had an unlikely 'visitor' drop in at his swimming pool yesterday. It was a section of a metal fence demarcating a construction site behind his bungalow. ...
Think Texas: Operation new fences
East Texas Review  - Mar 18, 2009
Hurricane Ike moved out of the headlines, but the storm’s bad news is far from over. Six months after hitting Southeast Texas our farmers and ranchers in the region continue to struggle to rebuild their fences...
Anger after fence is blown down
Press and Journal  - Mar 19, 2009
A Moray widow has been left furious after a garden fence she paid more than £200 to have built blew down within days of being put up....

Fencing and Airports

Pennsylvania airports share $6.6M in state and federal money
Pittsburgh Business Times  - Mar 23, 2009
Twenty-four airports across the state will share $6.6 million in federal and state funds to improve safety and services, Gov. Ed Rendell announced Monday.....

Schools and Fences

School fencing approved
South Devon Herald Express  - Mar 18, 2009
A 2.4 METRE high fence will be put around part of Wellswood Park as Ilsham Church of England Primary School replaces its fencing....
$17m to guard schools from attacks
Melbourne Herald Sun  - Mar 18, 2009
GOVERNMENT schools in New South Wales are spending millions of dollars hiring private security guards because of threats from armed intruders and vicious attacks on students and teachers...
CV school district looks to resolve fencing issue
Daily Review Online  - Mar 18, 2009
The district installed fences earlier this school year to increase safety and curb vandalism at all campuses. Fencing at Creekside Middle School...

Stolen Fences

Police: Fence thief had much larger operation
Dayton Daily News  - Mar 18, 2009
DAYTON — A man originally caught dismantling and stealing a house's wrought-iron fence faces additional charges after police recovered stolen antique architectural items he had stored in a warehouse that also didn't belong to him...
Farm loses thousands as electric fence disconnected by thieves
Maldon and Burnham Standard  - Mar 24, 2009
A FARM has been ransacked by thieves who stole more than £13,000 worth of equipment after disconnecting an electric fence...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Rio Grande town with new border fence says illegal immigrants still pouring in
Dallas Morning News  - Mar 21, 2009
GRANJENO, Texas – When the government announced plans to build a new fence along portions of the Mexican border, residents of this sleepy town on the Rio Grande feared the barrier would cut them off from their backyards and even destroy some homes...
7 miles of new fence along border
KVOA.com  - Mar 21, 2009
Seven miles of new fence has been installed along the Arizona-Mexico border in an area notorious for drug and human smuggling. While Border Patrol says it is working, others in the community say the fence is a waste of resources...


EADS wins $1 billion Saudi fence contract
Your Defence News (press release)  - Mar 20, 2009
Reuters yesterday afternoon said that European aerospace and defence giant, EADS has won a contract for border security in Sudi Arabia worth $1 billion...


Weird News

Police called after cat tears into woman
Canoe, Canada  - Mar 23, 2009
BARRINGTON, N.S. — Talk about a hissy fit. A woman in southwestern Nova Scotia had to get medical attention for injuries to her arms and hands after an attack by her pet cat....

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