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Industry News

Zareba Systems Signs Definitive Agreement To Merge With Woodstream - Quick Facts
RTT News  - Jan 11, 2010
Zareba Systems Inc. (ZRBA: News ) signed a definitive agreement to merge with a subsidiary of Woodstream Corp., a Pennsylvania corporation. Woodstream is majority owned by private equity firms Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc...
ASTM releases new edition of standards for fence materials
ThomasNet Industrial News Room  - Jan 7, 2010
January 7, 2010 - The 11th edition of "ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products" features latest standards for all aspects of fencing industry. It includes 6 new standards and 22 revised standards since it was last published in 2007...
Concrete Fence has reduced weight construction.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room  - Jan 7, 2010
PROVO, UTAH: Even in challenging times people still want fencing. In response to the need for more affordable fencing, RhinoRock has developed a proprietary ..
Execs See Import Duties as Key to Rebound
Youngstown Business Journal  - Jan 8, 2010
WARREN, Ohio – The presidents of two local manufacturers say the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ruling to impose tariffs on steel pipe and tube is the start of an industrial comeback for the United States in the world market...

Decking Industry News

Ipe Clip® Fastener Company Names Daniel Schiefer International Sales Manager
PR Web (press release)  - Jan 8, 2010
Ipe Clip® Fastener Company has promoted Daniel Schiefer as International Sales Manager. Daniel will head the company’s effort to bring the Ipe Clip brand of deck fasteners to all corners of the globe ..
Polling Probes Deck Builders
Building-Products.com  - Jan 6, 2010
Market Resource Associates will conduct a series of focus groups with professional deck builders around the country in 2010. Each group will seat eight contractors who use wood, vinyl, plastic, composite and other decking materials. ..
Fiber Composites Changes Corporate Name to Fiberon
Building-Products.com  - Jan 6, 2010
PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing manufacturer changes name to focus on its primary brand. Composite decking specialist Fiber Composites has changed its name to Fiberon. ..
AERT CEO Tells Shareholders Brighter Year Ahead
Arkansas Business Online  - Jan 6, 2010
Brooks indicated AERT's new plastic recycling plant in Watts, Okla., was scheduled to start up in February, a move he believes will "further improve AERT plastic recycling efficiencies and reduce costs." ...
GacoDeck® - the Complete Waterproofing Solution
BusinessWire  - Jan 12, 2010
The GacoDeck waterproofing system is the same top-quality elastomeric coating used by professional decking contractors. Due to its easy application, the product is ideal for builders, contractors, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers ...

Fence Contractors in the News - Historical

HOMESTEAD: Fence builder staked family to ranching
San Angelo Standard-Times  - Jan 7, 2010
After that, Mage Cox went into fence building, house moving and the windmill repair business, and he even had a motion picture operation when Mertzon was organized in the early 1900s...

Local Government Issues

City panel may discuss fence rules
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune  - Jan 7, 2010
The Wisconsin Rapids Planning Commission might review a proposed change to the city's fence ordinance after Mayor Mary Jo Carson broke a tie vote at Tuesday's Common Council meeting....
Officials discuss fence ordinance
Lake Cities Sun  - Jan 7, 2010
It was the first meeting of the year for Shady Shores Town Council and apart from a short joke from Olive Stephen things were straight to business....
New fences, FDOT-funded beautification to define corridor
Gulf Breeze News  - Jan 7, 2010
Thanks to a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant of $350,000 for highway beautification, the Gulf Breeze business corridor could look very different in 2010.....

Community Issues

Petierre: City to appeal COA perimeter fence disallowance
Visayan Daily Star  - Jan 7, 2010
Secretary to the Mayor Vicente Petierre III yesterday said they will appeal the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit involving the P4.9 million construction of the perimeter road at the Bacolod City Government Center...
Child-proof fencing call not embraced
The Southland Times  - Jan 7, 2010
Southern dairy representatives do not want child-proof fencing around farm homes to be mandatory. Federated Farmers Southland president Rod Pemberton said he would like all farms fenced to keep children safe, but did not want it to become mandatory – only optional...
Oh, for a fence, catch my drift?
Nashua Telegraph  - Jan 5, 2010
That disrespect for the humble snow fence is hardly unusual, because they are the Rodney Dangerfield of structures. Snow fences look rickety and unkempt even when brand new, like a theater prop from a production of “Li’l Abner.” No wonder I keep forgetting to put one on my property....
Park gets fences after sledding death
Journal and Courier - Jan 8, 2010
NEW CARLISLE - A northern Indiana park's sledding hill has reopened with new fences aimed at preventing accidents such as the one that killed a man last week...


Fence Disputes

Dellona neighbors feud over fence
Wisconsin Dells Events  - Jan 7, 2010
A Dellona woman said her neighbor is suing her for $10,000 to pay for his fence after her children damaged his property; she contends the fence is out of compliance with Wisconsin Statutes.....
Little Compton farm’s fence, tree work irk neighbors
EastBayRI.com  - Jan 6, 2010
LITTLE COMPTON — A Little Compton farmer’s attempts to keep deer from ruining his crops have startled his landlord and drawn the wrath of several neighbors....

USA Mexico Border Fence

America's Virtual Fence: A Failure in Design and Innovation
BusinessWeek  - Jan 12, 2010
Steve Kroft put together a great piece on America’s proposed virtual fence along the border of the U.S. and Mexico for the weekend’s Sixty Minutes show. What particularly struck me was Kroft’s incredulous question to Mark Borkowski....
Watching the Border: The Virtual Fence
CBS News  - Jan 8, 2010
Terrorism and homeland security have been back in the news the past few weeks, and once again the focus has been on intelligence failures and airport security. But the easiest way for terrorists to get into the United States may well be across the nation's porous 2,000 mile border with Mexico. And it is no secret...


Fencing and Railroads

Amtrak building fence as blockade to exposed tracks
North Brunswick Sentinel  - Jan 5, 2010
SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Residents’ concerns about child safety were answered last month after Amtrak agreed to build a fence that would cover exposed railroad tracks near a township neighborhood....
Fence to be extended along Derry RR tracks
Blairsville Dispatch  - Jan 8, 2010
Derry's efforts to keep local pedestrians from fatal encounters with trains received a boost with the donation of cyclone fencing that will extend a barrier along the Norfolk Southern rail line that bisects the town....

Fences and Animals - Wildlife

Wildlife fence saving deer, sheep along 97A
The Wenatchee World Online  - Jan 11, 2010
WENATCHEE — A new deer fence has dramatically cut the number of wildlife deaths on Highway 97A this winter. But deer and sheep are starting to find a way through it...
Aspen legislators eye bill to reduce roadkill
Glenwood Springs Post Independent  - Jan 11, 2010
ASPEN, Colorado — A bill aimed at reducing the number of deer, elk and other wildlife getting clobbered by cars on routes like Highway 82 will be introduced by the Aspen area's two state legislators this year...
Volunteers in California wrestle barbed-wire fences to save vulnerable antelope
Los Angeles Times  - Jan 11, 2010
CALIFORNIA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The fences crossing the desolate Carrizo Plain are remnants of the hardscrabble homesteaders who arrived a century ago, then abandoned the arid, alkaline land to the elements...


Israel to erect barrier along Egypt's border
CBC.ca  - Jan 11, 2010
Israel has approved a plan to erect fences along its long southern border with Egypt in a bid to halt the growing number of illegal workers entering the Jewish state, officials said Monday...


Wierd News

Cops: Man too drunk for snowblower
Canoe, CA  - Jan 8, 2010
BARRIE, Ont. - A man who decided to help clear the street with his own push snowblower ended up with a public intoxication ticket...

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