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Industry News

Merchants Metals Announces Corporate Restructuring and Relocation of Company Headquarters
Press release  - Dec 10, 2010
Houston, TX - Effective January 1, 2011 Merchants Metals will join the newly created Oldcastle Building Products Group and the Merchants Metals headquarters will relocate from Houston, TX to Atlanta, GA...
Twisted Wires (In the Loop Itself) Test
Press release  - Dec 10, 2010
If the wires of the loop itself are twisted, will it have an effect on its ability to detect vehicles? That is what BD Loops set out to clarify with a new test. Industry myths make inductance loops seem a lot more complicated than they really are....
Foulaths protective wind fence recognized by international TV
SteelGuru  - Dec 10, 2010
As part of its series, World's Greatest sought to identify a noteworthy environmental structure and, after a careful selection process, chose to feature Foulath's windbreaker fence...
Obama Official to Honor New York City Companies for Export Achievements
PR Newswire (press release) - Dec 10, 2010
Signature Fencing & Flooring utilized export counseling and business matchmaking services to make multiple sales to Japan, and US Export-Import Bank ...

Decking Industry News

Deck & Railing University Sets the Standard in Safe and Professional Deck Building
Press release  - Dec 9, 2010
Learning best practices, improving installation techniques, and building code-compliant deck installation are the guiding principles of Deck & Railing University...
Trex® Announces the Launch of a Dedicated Outdoor Furniture Website
PR Web (press release)  - Dec 12, 2010
Trex® Announces the Launch of a Dedicated Outdoor Furniture Website Trex Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, recently announced the launch of TrexFurniture.com...
Free 3D Deck Design Tool Now Available on MoistureShield.com
PR Web (press release)  - Dec 9, 2010
Like the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words," MoistureShield's new DeckLife™ deck design tool allows users to visualize and easily communicate complex deck plans with a detailed 3D image rather than time consuming explanations ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Contract awarded to replace gate at Taylorville prison
The State Journal-Register  - Dec 11, 2010
TAYLORVILLE — A contract of more than $270,000 has been awarded by the state Capital Development Board to replace the main gate assembly at the Taylorville Correctional Center ...
43 jobs at risk as May Gurney closes piling and fencing operations
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press - Dec 14, 2010
More than 40 jobs are at risk at infrastructure services firm May Gurney after bosses confirmed the closure of the firm’s piling and fencing operations....
Guier Fence seeks franchisee in Fairfield County
Stamford Advocate - Dec 9, 2010
Guier Fence, a fence franchiser from Kansas City, Mo., said it hopes to expand on that philosophy by partnering with a Fairfield County resident who can drive growth in Connecticut...
Long® Fence Supports 2010 US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign
Hollywood Industry - Dec 10, 2010
Long® Fence, a family owned fence contractor in operation since 1945, primarily serves the mid-Atlantic region from Pennsylvania to Georgia, however large ...

The Famous and Their Fences

Gray's dismantled fence may rise again
Washington Post  - Dec 8, 2010
The black aluminum fence that once surrounded Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray's Southeast Washington home may soon rise again when the D.C. Council chairman becomes the city's chief executive in January...
T.Boone Pickens' Wife Is Putting Up A Massive Fence Near Her Nevada Ranch And Locals Are Furious
The Business Insider - Dec 9, 2010
Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire hedge funder T. Boone Pickens, is causing a ruckus down in Nevada....

Local Government Issues

Nebraska City OKs Limited Use Of Barbed Wire
CattleNetwork.com  - Dec 9, 2010
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — The Chadron City Council has amended the city's fence ordinance to allow greater use of barbed wire in places where large livestock are allowed in the northwest Nebraska city. ...
Chicago City Council considers electric fences
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 8, 2010
AP The Chicago City Council is considering a measure that would allow businesses in the city to install non-lethal electric security fences...

Community Issues

Barrier fence to protect dunes
Coolum & North Shore News  - Dec 9, 2010
A NEW fence to protect delicate sand dunes will be erected on Coolum's main beach. This week Sunshine Coast council will begin construction of a barrier ...
Discovery wants to build a big fence around its garden
TBD.com  - Dec 9, 2010
Discovery Communications will eventually re-open its garden to the public, but not before building an 8-foot tall fence around it first ...
Public meeting about controversial fence
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 13, 2010
A controversial fence dividing a community will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting. Braintree Council fenced off open space between Lie Field Close and Twelve Acres in Braintree ...

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DIY - Consumers

Why winterizing your fence is an important part of home maintenance
KPVI-TV  - Dec 9, 2010
Winter rain and storms take a toll on metal gate hardware. Inexpensive gravity latches function fine when new. However, as soon as rust sets in or gates fall out of alignment, these latches no longer close without manual assistance...

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Deer dies after running into fence
Standard-Examiner - Dec 11, 2010
NORTH OGDEN -- A young deer died Saturday after repeatedly running into fences. A woman called police when she saw a deer running into her backyard fences. ...
Higher fences, fewer deer?
Hamilton Spectator  - Dec 11, 2010
Ancaster residents plagued by deer problems will be allowed eight-foot fences to try to keep them out of back yards. It will be a two-year pilot program ...

Schools and Fences

Residents fears fence would turn Maghull's Maricourt High School into “prison”
Liverpool Echo  - Dec 11, 2010
The school says the fence would keep pupils safe. Governors believe, the report adds, that “the fencing would also help to stop anti social behaviour...

Pool Safety

Pool fencing laws working for Territory
ABC Online  - Dec 8, 2010
The Royal Life Saving Society says the latest figures on toddler drownings in the Northern Territory prove pool fencing laws are working - for now. ...

Fences in History

Woodhenge: Is this one of the greatest discoveries of archaeology...or a simple farmer's fence?
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 13, 2010
The discovery of a wooden version of Stonehenge – a few hundred yards from the famous monument – was hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds for decades. But now experts are at loggerheads after claims that what was the...

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Weird News

Sea lion wanders on U.S. highway
Canoe.ca - Dec 13, 2010
Oregon motorists saw an unusual sight – a stranded sea lion -- on a busy coastal highway Saturday...

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