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Industry News

Fortress Iron™ Railing Products Prove Strength Through Code Testing
Press release  - Feb 10, 2010
Richardson, TX – February 10, 2010 – With increased focus on structural testing in the railing industry, Fortress Iron™ has taken the initiative to test its product beyond what is required for most railing codes to ensure that its users are safe and have a peace of mind as they enjoy their outdoor living space ...
Payne Fence Products Announces Company Name Change To Betafence USA
Press release  - Feb 17, 2010
While many in the industry are familiar with the name and products of Payne Fence Products, the company unveiled a new look and a new name at FenceTech 2010 as Betafence USA...
Linear Offers Three New Solar Gate Operator Accessories
Press release  - Feb 15, 2010
Carlsbad, Calif., (February 15, 2010) -- Linear LLC is offering three new solar compatible accessories to complement its line of DC and solar gate operators, the company announced today. The products are available immediately...
SCOTCHMAN® Features 50 Ton Turret Ironworker
Press release  - Feb 15, 2010
Scotchman® Industries is pleased to feature the 5014 TM Ironworker to their Metal Fabricating Solutions. The 5014 TM offers a three-station revolving turret unlike any other Scotchman machine...
HLH Walls Works Expanding Dealer Network Worldwide
Press release  - Feb 10, 2010
LISLE, IL February 10th, 2010 - Officials for Harder Luckey & Hargrave (HLH Walls) announced today that they have initiated a major marketing campaign targeted at attracting new Authorized Dealers for its proprietary lines of sound mitigation walls ...
Artisan Precast Fencing Adds Elegant Touch to Community College Landscape
Earthtimes (press release)  - Feb 22, 2010
Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) February 11, 2010 -- Artisan Precast, a leader in providing precast fencing systems, completed installation of barrier fencing at the Canyon Country Education Center near Santa Clarita, California. ...

Decking Industry News

Ronald W. Kaplan Named Chairman of Trex Company
BusinessWire (press release)  - Feb 22, 2010
Trex Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of Trex(R) decking, railing, fencing and trim, today announced its board of directors has named the company's president and chief executive officer, Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman of the board. ...
TimberTech® DeckLites® Expands To Include White
Press release  - Feb 22, 2010
TimberTech DeckLites took the decking industry by storm, receiving numerous industry accolades and wide-spread consumer appeal. TimberTech remains an industry leader, offering the only lighting system designed by deck experts and now, TimberTech is expanding their line by offering DeckLites Accent Lights in Coastal White....
Advanced building supplies, inc. Offers Premium Quality Real Wood “Jatoba Decking”
I-Newswire.com (press release)  - Feb 18, 2010
The company offers premium quality Jatoba decking; also known as Brazilian cherry is real wood and not plastic like composite decking ...
AZEK(R) Deck Reaps Industry Accolades: #1 In Quality In Builder Brand Survey, Most Stocked Brand In ProSales Dealer Study
PR Newswire (press release)  - Feb 18, 2010
AZEK Deck, manufactured by AZEK Building Products, was named the #1 brand in Quality in Builder Magazine's 2010 Brand Use Study. This accomplishment is especially remarkable considering that the AZEK Deck brand has only been on the national scene for 2-1/2 years a ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Gas main ruptures in Berwyn
Suburban Life Publications  - Feb 18, 2010
Crews from Nicor Gas are on the scene after a fence company fractured a gas line in Berwyn this morning. Berwyn firefighters were dispatched to the alley south of McDonald's at the intersection of Ridgeland Avenue and Cermak Road at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday...
Fence Company on Long Island, Lighthouse Fencing Company offers Loyal Clients Great Fencing Style Tips
The First Reporter  - Feb 22, 2010
Long Island Fence Company, Lighthouse Fencing Company specializes in a variety of fencing services for both residential and commercial clients. Owner, Chad Drechsler, suggests important tips when choosing the right fence for his clients’ yard....

Local Government Issues

Moratorium on fences in Cayuga Heights
Ithaca Journal  - Feb 16, 2010
CAYUGA HEIGHTS - With the decision on deer still outstanding, the Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees has begun the process to revise - and then enforce - the village fence ordinance...
Residents Outraged After City Snow Plows Destroy Fences
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV -  - Feb 19, 2010
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WPIX) - Snow plows are being blamed for taking out at least a dozen backyard fences in Jersey City during last week's snow storm. Some homeowners who live along Route 440 woke up Thursday morning to their fences partially destroyed or collapsed....
Jersey City homeowners whose fences were flattened by state snowplows told to file claims
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com  - Feb 20, 2010
A dozen Jersey City residents who say their backyard fences were flattened by state-operated snow plows in last week's snowstorm should file claims with the state the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Risk Management, state officials said. ...

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Community Issues

Should a fence be put up in Riverside Park?
WXOW.com  - Feb 19, 2010
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - The drowning death of Craig Meyers marks the ninth similar drowning over the past 13 years. The previous eight victims were all young men, all were legally intoxicated at the time of their death....
RTA fence a case of median madness
Cumberland Courier Newspapers  - Feb 21, 2010
IT wasn’t wanted, wasn’t needed, was a waste of money and has made the Seaforth shopping strip more dangerous. That’s the verdict on the $130,000 fence recently built by the RTA on the median strip of Sydney Rd ...
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Highland Community News (subscription)  - Feb 20, 2010
Is this new fencing supposed to make this corner look better? It looks horrible! My husband has lived here for over 30 years and there never seemed to be a problem with this corner until now ...

Olympic Fencing

Plexiglas replaces part of fence at Olympic flame
Washington Post  - Feb 20, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Organizers of the Vancouver Games have made it a little easier for visitors to take up-close pictures of the Olympic cauldron. ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

High-tech border fence is slow going
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 20, 2010
The radar, cameras and satellite signals, originally expected to be completed by 2011, will probably not be ready for at least seven years. 'It was a great idea, but it didn't work,' an official says...
$58 million border fence draws criticism
UPI  - Feb 15, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Critics say a $58 million fence on the U.S.-Mexico border meant to stop illegal immigration is too costly, is ineffective and damaging to the environment.s...

Fences in the Courts

Herhold: Long, strange legal battle over Monte Sereno fence appears to be over
San Jose Mercury News  - Feb 20, 2010
In the epic battle over Darla and Joe Padgett's fence in Monte Sereno, few people have acted with any sense. Not City Manager Brian Loventhal, not former Mayor Curtis Wright, not the Padgetts, not the lawyers, not even a federal jury....

Fences and Animals

Roosting spot for threatened birds gets a new fence at Dockweiler State Beach
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 15, 2010
In an effort to coax a small shorebird off the federal threatened species list, a historical roosting ground at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey has been fenced off to protect the birds from people and vehicles, authorities said..

Fence Exhibits

Fence disputes live on today
Fergus Falls Daily Journal  - Feb 19, 2010
Through March 20, The Otter Tail County Historical Society is hosting a Smithsonian Institution display called Between Fences that explores the multiple meanings behind the everyday icon of the fence...

Wierd News

THAT'S a big dog: 'Giant George' world's tallest
Canoe, CA  - Feb 22, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. — Guinness World Records says a Great Dane in the U.S. standing 3 feet, 7 inches (1.09 metres) tall from paw to shoulder is the tallest dog ever on record. ...

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