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We Have a New Fence Poll. 204 feet of 4 ft chain link with 4 gates in Athens Georgia. Current Bids - Sample
AK - Wasilla............$3230
AL - Decatur..............$3236
AR - Rogers...............$3350
CT - Meridan.............$4656
GA - McDonough ......$2095
FL - Naples..............$1568
IL - Central..............$2636
LA - Kenner..............$3350
MT - Great Falls...........$4133
MA - Boston ..............$5564
MN - Minneaplois ......$3458
NY - Depew...............$4754
ON - Toronto............$3582

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Industry News

Linear Raises APeX Gate Operator Controller Capabilities With New Features; Programming Enhancements
Press Release  - Mar 14, 2011
Linear LLC’s APeX™ Gate Operator Controller has just received a major update, adding new features and programming enhancements, the company announced today....
Vogel introduces two new products at FenceTech in Las Vegas last month.
Press Release  - Mar 14, 2011
Pick-A-Picket is a brand-new industry first. Vogel has applied for a US patent for the process of re-piercing a picket with ornamental designs. The tool is spring loaded so it can be powered by most ironworkers or Vogel's 110V bench-top press...
Steel cost increases set to push up fencing prices by up to 15% in April
PRWEB)  - Mar 9, 2011
A huge rise in the cost of steel rod, equal to the last peak nearly four years ago, could force up the price of some stock fencing by up to 15 per cent in April....
Barrette Outdoor Living Launches New Elite Rail (press release) -  - Mar 15, 2011
Xpanse® by Barrette Outdoor Living introduces its latest product in a growing line of complementary backyard essentials – Xpanse Elite Rail featuring Xceed™ Install....
Vinyl Fencing creates full privacy.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release)  - Mar 15, 2011
Featuring wide board tongue and groove pickets, Concord Line has same appearance on both sides, resists weathering, and is installed without screws or nails. Fencing is safe and non-toxic; ...
Power Wizard® Electric Fence Energizers Provides Power Even in Tall Weed Conditions
PRWEB  - Mar 10, 2011
Power Wizard electric fence energizers, known for their high quality and ultra low impedance, are specially designed for “real life” situations such as tall weeds that become a big problem in the spring months....

Decking Industry News

CertainTeed Offers Look of Exotic Hardwood Decking with Two New Colors in EverNew® LT Cellular PVC Decking Line
BuildingOnline  - Mar 10, 2011
CertainTeed Corporation is bringing building professionals more decking options that offer the authentic look of exotic hardwood decking through the addition of two multi-chromatic blend colors — Jatoba and Spanish Cedar — to its EverNew® LT Cellular PVC Decking line....
Nemetschek Vectorworks and Trex to Present Free Webinar on DeckWorks Custom Design Software March 16
BuildingOnline  - Mar 7, 2011
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and Trex Company, Inc. will present a free webinar to demonstrate the benefits of new DeckWorks™ design software. Used in conjunction with the 2011 version of Vectorworks® plus Renderworks® software...
Starborn Industries Introduces New CAP-TOR™ Screws for Capstock and Composite Decking (press release) -  - Mar 11, 2011
Starborn Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of fasteners and related products for the building industry, has introduced Cap-Tor, a new high-performance fastener specifically designed for use with the newest type ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Fencing company owner sues lottery winner for breach of contract
Rapid City Journal  - Mar 10, 2011
A Vale rancher who won a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot in 2009 is being sued for breach of contract by the owner of a Piedmont fencing company...
Growing fence company stood tall in 'Volcano'
Ventura County Star  - Mar 11, 2011
In the 1997 movie "Volcano" starring Anne Heche and Tommy Lee Jones, a fence built by Simi Valley based Cal-State Rent A Fence is shown in two scenes with the company sign and its 1-800 number...
Gas line struck in Lacey
Asbury Park Press  - Mar 9, 2011
LACEY — A natural gas line was accidentally ruptured by workers who were installing a fence in a resident's backyard this morning, police said....

Local Government Issues

Fence keeps 50-ton boulder from landing on NY road
Wall Street Journal  - Mar 10, 2011
AP NIAGARA FALL, NY — A metal fence erected to keep rocks from falling onto a western New York road has done its job in a big way. Officials say the retaining fence kept a boulder weighing an estimated 50 tons from crashing onto an access road leading ...
Commission approves bid letting for West Park fencing
Hartselle Enquirer - Mar 10, 2011
The Morgan County Commission authorized Chairman Ray Long to advertise for bids to replace fencing around three of the four ball fields at West Park and install a new fence at the District II Shop at its regular meeting on Thursday...
Dodona Fence Decision Reversed By Council
Leesburg Today - Mar 10, 2011
Almost seven years since an application was initially filed to place a six-foot-high stockade fence along the East Market side frontage of Dodona Manor, the Leesburg Town Council ruled Tuesday...
Demolished home site needs fence
Port Huron Times Herald  - Mar 10, 2011
Suzanne from Port Huron: "Hooray that another blighted house has gone down on the northeast corner of Union and Eighth streets. I think it's a big boo boo, however, that the gaping hole never was taped or fenced off ...


Community Issues

Dallas neighborhood questions safety with missing freeway fence
WFAA - Mar 10, 2011
DALLAS — Some Dallas residents say they fear for their safety because of a missing fence. Their homes are right behind LBJ Freeway between Webb Chapel Road and Forest Lane. The barrier that shielded them from traffic is now gone....
Good fences make good neighbours
Victoria News - Mar 10, 2011
Barbed wire fences, scissor gates and other low-quality, fortress-style barricades have been popping up in downtown doorways and window frames violating city bylaws....
Neon Museum cites vandalism, gets OK to build a taller fence
Las Vegas Sun  - Mar 10, 2011
The Las Vegas Planning Commission granted a variance Tuesday night to allow the Neon Museum to build a 10-foot-high wall around the Neon Boneyard Park to combat vandalism...
Fence height important to residents
TribLocal  - Mar 10, 2011
Survey respondents wanting higher fences cited privacy, blocked views of ugly neighboring yards and a possible deterrent to barking or jumping dogs. Many claimed 5-foot fencing is not standard at home improvement stores and therefore can be more costly ...
Kiwis gazump fencing deal  - Mar 10, 2011
GOOD FENCES: Quick thinking has kept local the contract for 17km of security fencing for Christchurch. The first green shoots of recovery are pushing up through the Christchurch rubble as construction companies gear up to start rebuilding the shattered ...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Replacing outdated fencing in Nogales to strengthen security
KGUN  - Mar 15, 2011
NOGALES, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) – US Customs and Border Protections (CBP) is tearing down the old style landing-mat fencing in Nogales that runs from downtown to the outskirts of town and replacing 2.8 miles of it with a new bollard-style fence made up of ...

Pool Safety

Borough Drafting Pool Fencing Ordinance - Mar 10, 2011
Pools built prior to 1977 are grandfathered exceptions to the law that requires newer pools to be enclosed by a 4-foot fence on the property. Several residents spoke before the council and expressed the expense of a new fencing would pose a financial...

Schools and Fences

BHHS Fence Idea Dismissed
The Beverly Hills Courier  - Mar 10, 2011
The Board of Education voted 5-0 to not put a fence around Beverly Hills High School. They instead voted to close off the south end of the campus, from Olympic moving north, and add additional security guards to the front entrance...
Diman students work together to construct new fence for school
Fall River Herald News - Mar 10, 2011
By Will Richmond Like an assembly line, the effort to construct a new fence at Diman Regional Vocational High School wound its way throughout the school. The wrought-iron fence started in the school's drafting shop, where a design was created....

Fencing and Airports

World Bank to construct perimeter fences of P/H, Abuja airports
The Nation Newspaper  - Mar 9, 2011
Aisuebeogun recalled the incident at the PHIA in 2005 when cows strolled into the runway and collided with an Air France aircraft, stressing that if the perimeter fence was fully done, such an incident would have been avoided. He further affirmed that ...


Animals - Wildlife

Knee-high fence to halt rampaging Australian toads
Straits Times  - Mar 15, 2011
PERTH - AUSTRALIA'S popular Kimberley wilderness region has resorted to a long knee-high fence to keep out the poisonous cane toad, which is rapidly overrunning the tourist attraction. A two-kilometre barrier will be erected at Emma Gorge...
Cost blow-out not quelling wild dog fence support
ABC Online  - Mar 11, 2011
The Western Australian Government says it remains committed to extending the Esperance wild dog fence, despite a cost blow-out of up to $5 million. The Government has released updated figures on the construction of a dog fence around the Esperance ...

DIY - Consumers

Take visual control with a screen fence
Nashua Telegraph  - Mar 13, 2011
Rolled fence material is also useful for screens. Because rolled fence is flexible, you'll need at least two lateral stringers spanning the posts at top and bottom. Rolled reed fencing available at chain stores is an affordable instant screening ...


African refugees hired to build fence to keep migrants out of Israel
Ha'aretz  - Mar 9, 2011
The government is employing Eritrean asylum seekers to help build a border fence designed to keep out other migrants seeking to enter the country from Africa via the Sinai Peninsula...
Councillors defend 170m Derry peace fence
Belfast Telegraph  - Mar 9, 2011
Politicians have defended their decision to press ahead with a new interface peace fence following criticism from the Community Relations Council (CRC)...

Weird News

Mom sues preschool for being 'big playroom' - Mar 14, 2011
A mother in New York is suing her 4-year-old daughter’s posh preschool, calling it “one big playroom” that deprived the child of the edge needed to get into an elite elementary school....

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