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Industry News

Outdoor Technologies Inc. plant in Macon, Miss., is back up and running
Plastics News  - Oct 16, 2009
One year after shutting down unexpectedly, the former Outdoor Technologies Inc. plant in Macon, Miss., is back up and running under its second owner since the now-defunct Jancor Cos. Inc. went under in October 2008. Newly formed Exterior Profiles Corp. is now extruding rigid vinyl fence and railing profiles out of the 31-worker facility. Plant size was unavailable...
LifeTime Lumber Code Approved for Use in California`s Wildlands
Reuters  - Oct 14, 2009
LifeTime Lumber® (www.lifetimelumber.com), a revolutionary, eco-friendly deck, dock and fence material was recently approved for use in California`s rural Wildland-Urban Interface Areas (WUI). ...

Decking Industry News

Decking & Railing Demand Expected to Increase to $3.1 Billion in 2010 Despite 40% Decline since 2006 According to New Principia Study
Reuters  - Oct 14, 2009
The North American residential decking and railing market dropped from $4.6 billion in 2006 to $2.8 billion in 2009 reflecting a 40% decrease over this time period. These changes have been caused largely by the deep economic recession which has dramatically reduced the homeowner`s ability ...
MoistureShield® Introduces "Vantage Collection" to Provide More Options for Environmentally Friendly Composite Decking
PR Web (press release)  - Oct 16, 2009
To help builders and decking contractors better target their individual customers' specific deck design needs and budgets, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (A.E.R.T.) introduces the MoistureShield® Vantage Collection. The new environmentally friendly wood-plastic composite decking line balances performance and cost,...
Fiberon hires two decking specialists
Home Channel News  - Oct 19, 2009
New London, N.C.-based Fiberon has announced the addition of Dan Isom and John May Jr. as the company’s new decking specialists. Isom’s territory will include the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., markets, while May will focus on the New Jersey and Philadelphia markets...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Semi Carrying Chain Link Fence Crashes, Closes I-380
KCRG-TV  - Oct 20, 2009
CEDAR RAPIDS - We now know what caused a semi crash on I-380 in Cedar Rapids Sunday night. Police say the semi was carrying a load of chain link fence. ...
Anti-rust spray hits electric fence, triggering barn fire
Salisbury Post  - Oct 20, 2009
"I don't know what they mixed with the paint, whatever it was, it was pretty flammable," Morrison said. Just as the crew began spraying, the spray hit an electric fence running from the barn around a nearby pasture. "They hit the fence, it arced and ran in on the hay," Morrison said. ...
Rejected and torn down in Grand Rapids, Wyoming welcomes ArtPrize fence
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com  - Oct 19, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS -- The mural of an English garden once an ArtPrize entry is welcome in Wyoming. Developer Bob Israels will be allowed to move "TrompeI-Oeil" from Grand Rapids, where it was rejected by the Grand Rapids Board of Zoning Appeals, ...
Review of Mistley Quay safety fence after rescue drama
Daily Gazette  - Oct 13, 2009
HEALTH and safety chiefs are to review the need for a 2m-high fence at Mistley Quay. The Health and Safety Executive made the announcement in light of a rescue operation ....

Homeland Security

Asheville hospital building anti-terror blast fence
Greensboro News Record  - Oct 19, 2009
ASHEVILLE (AP) — A veterans hospital in the mountains is building a massive anti-terrorism fence. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported today that the Charles George Veterans Affairs Hospital is building a $750,000 fence around the hospital's perimeter to prevent a suicide bomber...

Local Government Issues

In Manatee, tensions rise along with chain link
Sarasota Herald-Tribune  - Oct 20, 2009
MANATEE COUNTY - The backyards in the quiet Conservatory Estates neighborhood used to run right into a wall of Florida's finest wild underbrush -- until the county's parks department stepped in last week....
Lawsuit targets 'spite fences'
Amherst Bulletin  - Oct 16, 2009
HADLEY - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Hadley Housing Authority tenants who attorneys claim are being demeaned and harassed by two spite fences built with an "anti-Semitic animus." ...
City won't allow fence on property
St. Joseph Herald Palladium (subscription)  - Oct 16, 2009
JOSEPH - The City Commission on Monday denied a developer's request to put a fence on city-owned property next to his. Commissioners said granting the ...
CRMC to rule on beach fence request
South County Independent  - Oct 15, 2009
The Bonnet Shores Fire District is requesting permission from CRMC to build a temporary fence to block a path that is routinely used by beachgoers to unload ...
Fence replacement on I-8 starts Monday
Yuma Sun  - Oct 16, 2009
Fencing along a six-mile stretch of Interstate 8 in Yuma will be replaced in a project to begin Monday. The Arizona Department of Transportation will ...
$120,000 fence on cards
Otago Daily Times  - Oct 16, 2009
This dilapidated fence at the northern entrance to Dunedin looks set to be replaced. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery. The northern entrance to Dunedin could be in for a $120,000 spruce-up. The Dunedin City Council is to consider replacing a dilapidated fence on Pine Hill Rd - the northern route into ...
Lincoln Park improvement plan starts with a fence
Estherville Daily News  - Oct 13, 2009
On Monday, the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board discussed the first step-the installation of a fence along Highway 4 which will separate the main area from the northeast portion of the L-shaped area....

Fencing and Railroads

State approves money to install fencing under railroad trestle near Tacoma Dome
Access Washington  - Oct 15, 2009
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved $20,000 in Grade Crossing Protection Funds (GCPF) to Tacoma Rail to install fencing and gates under the Freight House Square Bridge spanning the area between East L and East G streets near the Tacoma Dome ...

Community Issues

A45 safety fence call after girl's death
Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph  - Oct 19, 2009
Calls have been made for a high fence to be erected along a busy road following the death of a teenager. People living near to the A45 in Northampton have ...
Windsor shelter to get $288K
CBC.ca  - Oct 16, 2009
A group home for abused women and their children in downtown Windsor, Ont., will receive more than $288,000 for renovations, the federal government announced Friday...
Tired of Thefts, Dealer Gets Electric Fence
Tire Review  - Oct 16, 2009
A Tampa, Fla., area tire dealer will get to keep his electric fence after the Sulphur Springs city council rescinded a city variance board ruling mandating that the dealer remove the fencing...
Cemetery association wants fence to protect grounds
Eagle Tribune  - Oct 20, 2009
HAVERHILL — It's said fences make good neighbors. In the case of Hilldale Cemetery, the issue of a fence is making for a less-than-neighborly situation...

Community Fence Projects

Volunteers at South Belton Cemetery finishes fence project
Belton Journal  - Oct 19, 2009
The metal fence around South Belton Cemetery is complete. This means some 700 feet of the 1908 fence has been repaired and (carefully) re-stretched or ...
Organization Gives Family Much-Needed Fence
WSET  - Oct 16, 2009
Campbell Co.,VA - A Campbell County family has a new autism organization to thank for a fence they'll receive Saturday. Two of the three children in the ...

Schools and Fences

Fence will not be installed
Hartford Courant  - Oct 20, 2009
WETHERSFIELD — - The town council has decided not to build a fence between Silas Deane Middle School and the town hall and library complex, but officials ...

Fences and Animals

Village code amended to allow taller "deer fences"
27east.com  - Oct 20, 2009
Residents of East Hampton Village can now erect 8-foot-tall fences around their property to protect their lawns and gardens from foraging deer...
State to Help Buy Fences to Protect LI Farms
New York Times  - Oct 19, 2009
To assist these struggling farmers, New York State has begun a deer-fencing program. The program, which will provide nearly $1 million, is aimed at helping ...
Plea for fences to save fauna
Sunshine Coast Daily  - Oct 16, 2009
AS MANY as 12 mobs of kangaroos have been surrounded and cut off by development. New road construction is also eating up habitat and vegetation corridors...

Homeowners DIY

Fences have differing purposes
BCLocalNews  - Oct 16, 2009
There is a fellow in my neighbourhood who is building a new fence. I have been watching the progress of this structure for the past month or so, and I must admit I am impressed with the attention to detail and patience on his part..

International Borders

FEATURE - Saudi hopes border fence could stem militant flow
Reuters India  - Oct 19, 2009
Worried mainly about al Qaeda using Yemen as an operating base, Saudi Arabia plans to build a high-tech fence system costing billions of dollars with night ...


Wierd News

Chase ends when OnStar halts stolen SUV
Canoe, CA  - Oct 19, 2009
DETROIT (AP) — Police in California say General Motors’ OnStar communications system stopped a dangerous high-speed chase and helped them capture a carjacking suspect by disabling a stolen sport utility vehicle...

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