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Industry News

Merchants Metals Teams Up with Fortress Fence Products
Press Release - Sep 1, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. – Expanding on its extensive line of ornamental fence options, Merchants Metals announced it has entered into a new partnership with Fortress Fence Products, and will now be offering the VERSAI, V2 and TITAN lines of welded ornamental steel....
Get Creative with your Fence and Wall Designs
PR Wire - Press Release - Aug 27, 2014
Fences and walls are usually symbols of restraint. But, what if you can add some creativity and make them friendlier? Due to the versatility of our modular wall and fencing panels, there are various design considerations readily available to you when you would like something different...
Crash barrier maker Hill & Smith has the right Formula for growth
This is Money - Aug 31, 2014
Hill & Smith makes temporary barriers used when roads are being upgraded. It also makes permanent barriers to prevent cars careering off motorways and builds roadway signs alerting drivers to speed limits, forthcoming traffic and roadworks...

Decking Industry News

US: Demand for wood-plastic composites forecast to grow
IHB - Sep 2, 2014
US demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is forecast to rise 9.8% annually through 2018, according to a Freedonia market study (Wood Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber, Study 3145, June 2014).....
Advantages of aluminum decks
WPTZ - Aug 29, 2014
Strong, weather resistant, lightweight, and surprisingly eco-friendly, aluminum has been widely utilized in both commercial and residential construction projects for many years. A relatively new use for this amazing metal is as outdoor decking,....

Local Government Issues

La Quinta's bighorn sheep fence still work in process
Desert Sun - Aug 29, 2014
Six months after two wildlife agencies said Coachella Valley officials need to better protect the Peninsular bighorn sheep, work continues on how to safely keep them off the lush golf courses and area streets....
Casey Council to install fences and shade at 30 playgrounds
Herald Sun - Aug 29, 2014
THIRTY of Casey Council’s 270 playgrounds will be short-listed to get safety ­fences and shade sails. The 30 will be chosen on a needs basis, with child ­safety as the main ­consideration....
Security fencing at Santa Cruz homeless center meant to increase safety - Aug 31, 2014
New security measures are now in place at a Santa Cruz homeless shelter. This after concerns from the city, residents and business owners about the unaccountability of the homeless......

AG Fencing

Farmers whose fences were destroyed in back-burning are battling for compensation
Weekly Times Now - Sep 1, 2014
TWO East Gippsland farmers whose fences were destroyed in back-burning operations during last season?s bushfires are still battling for government compensation.....


Mesh fencing hoped to reduce train whistles in White Rock
Peace Arch News - Aug 27, 2014
New railings and chain-link mesh are coming to White Rock’s waterfront. The additions – mainly for East Beach, to be in place by the end of November – are another step towards complying with Transport Canada orders to the city and BNSF to bolster safety along the seaside train tracks....
Fence fight: Montgomery judge to consider who owns trail land along Purple Line route
Washington Post - Aug 28, 2014
The outcome of a trial held Thursday in Montgomery County over whether a fence behind a Chevy Chase home is on county-owned property intended for a light-rail Purple Line could affect dozens of homeowners along a wooded trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring....

Commmunity Issues

Hotel’s 6-storey fence to beat golf ball hazard
Edinburgh News - Sep 2, 2014
A HUGE six-storey fence is set to be built at a popular driving range to protect nearby hotel guests from flying golf balls. Bosses at the Premier Inn, Lasswade, are expected to mount a 20-metre mesh boundary at its car park wall to prevent wayward drives from injuring its patrons and damaging cars.....
Woodland Heights privately raising cemetery fence funds
Des Moines Register - Aug 29, 2014
Residents of the Woodland Heights neighborhood are formulating plans to privately pay for improvements to a fence that surrounds much of Woodland Cemetery....
Cute dog is poster child for fence-building project
Statesman Journal - Aug 29, 2014
A goofy, golden-haired dog is the poster child for a fence-building project at the Willamette Humane Society. Hugo is no longer at the shelter, but he remains the impetus for a volunteer-driven effort to get a fence put up around the property.....
'Good neighbor' fences: Attractive boundaries on Staten Island
Staten Island Live - Sep 1, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – If good fences make good neighbors, as poet Robert Frost famously wrote, a number of nice-looking examples delineate property lines in neighborhoods on the borough's North Shore. ......

Fences and Neighbors

Fight between neighbors over fence line ends in gunfire in Burlington
WLWT - Aug 27, 2014
BURLINGTON, Ky. —A fence line becomes a firing line after a 74-year-old man is arrested after allegedly shooting his next-door neighbor. Boone County sheriff’s deputies said one man suffered multiple gunshot wounds after an argument between neighbors in the 1700 block of Hunters Trace on Monday
Fight between neighbors over fence line ends in gunfire in Burlington
Livingston Daily - Aug 27, 2014
A judge Friday refused to dismiss a stand-your-ground case involving two Lansing neighbors whose argument about a backyard fence left one of them injured and the other facing a felony assault charge....

Fencing and Animal - Wildlife

Forest Service and partners remove fences that threaten wildlife
Summit Daily - Aug 27, 2014
An elk mother and her young calf slowly munch their way out of the forest on Tenderfoot Mountain. The baby follows her mama toward Dillon Reservoir and across the sagebrush meadow, and the pair leap over a short, dilapidated fence....
More wildlife crossings, fencing for Kootenay National Park
NewsTalk-770 - Aug 27, 2014
The federal government is opening up its wallet for another phase of wildlife crossings through Kootenay National Park. It will cost about $9.6-million to install at least four new crossings and will add another 6.5-kilometres of fencing along Highway 93 South....
100-km long fence mooted along sanctuary
The Hindu - Aug 31, 2014
The Forest officials mooted creation of an additional 100 km long fence in the Kaundinya wildlife sanctuary to tackle the frequent raids of agricultural fields by wild elephants....


Pool Safety

$2k fine for failing to make pool fence safe
Gympie Times - Sep 1, 2014
A GYMPIE region man was fined in Gympie Magistrates Court on August 25 because his pool fence was not compliant with safety regulations.
Coroners say Quebec's pool fence law isn't good enough
CTV - Montreal - Aug 27, 2014
Two coroners want Quebec to change the law regarding pool security. They are demanding all pools across the province be enclosed by a fence regardless of when the pool was constructed....

Weird News

Motorcyclist Brags to Cops He Hit 185 Mph in Chase
ABC News - Aug 30, 2014
New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase......

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