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Industry News

Commercial Metals Company Announces Closure Of Fence Post Operations In Magnolia, Arkansas
PRNewsWire - Feb 9, 2016
Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC) today announced the closure of its fence post operations in Magnolia, Arkansas. Production will be relocated to the San Marcos, Texas fence post production facility, as operations in Magnolia wind down and cease in their entirety by the end of the company's third fiscal quarter. Customers will not be impacted by this decision....
LiftMaster® Provides Security and Safety Recommendations for Gated Communities
PRNewsWire - Feb 9, 2016
ELMHURST, Ill., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the United States, both homeowners and renters are putting an increased emphasis on the safety and security of their homes, with more people moving to secure or gated communities.....
Newly Installed Fencing Protects Hanover Substation against Future Outages
PRNewsWire - Feb 9, 2016
Patented system prevents animal incursions — a common cause of power outages. New Freedom, Pennsylvania – Last May, a raccoon wandered into a Hanover-area substation and wound up shutting down power to more than 5,000 customers and businesses. Now, a midstate company has installed an innovative product designed to make sure that never happens again....
Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Announce 2016 Design Award Applications Open
Newswire - Feb 14, 2016
he Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2016 Les Grube Memorial Design Award contest. The Award includes a uniquely-designed plaque and cash awards of $2,500 to the designing architect and $1,000 to the installing contractor and is given for the project which makes the best and most unique use of chain link fence materials....
Farpointe Data Certifies Long-Range Readers, Transmitters with AMAG Symmetry Access Control
Security Sales - Feb 13, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif. — AMAG Technology, an integrated security provider of access control, video management and identity management solutions, announces Farpointe Data is a certified member of AMAG’s Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. ...

Decking Industry News

Trex Company Inc.: Trex Company Expands Its Midwest Footprint
The Wall Street Transcript - Feb 11, 2016
WINCHESTER, Va., February 11, 2016 - Trex Company, the world's number one decking and railing brand, and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, is broadening its industry-leading reach and brand footprint with the expansion of Amerhart Limited into eastern Missouri.....
Chris Hayn Rejoins Fiberon as Vice President of Sales
The Wall Street Transcript - Feb 12, 2016
Fiberon®, a leading US manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing, is pleased to announce that Chris Hayn has rejoined the company as Vice President of Sales. In this role, Hayn will manage all independent distribution and retail sales activities for both the US and international markets....

Fence Contractors

Action Automatic Door & Gate restructures Gate Department
Naples Daily News - Feb 11,, 2016
Action Automatic Door & Gate has restructured its Gate Department into a stand-alone division with a manager dedicated exclusively to gates in order to better meet the increase in demand for access systems, announced founder and CEO George F. Ebel IV. ..
Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville Wins Second National Fence Contractor of the Year Award in Three Years
PRNewswire - Feb 11,, 2016
Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville was named 2015 National Fence Contractor of the Year by the American Fence Association at FENCETECH 2016 at Music City Center. Rio Grande has won the award two of the past three years.....

Local Government Issues

Norwalk to update fence ordinance
Norwalk Reflector - Feb 12, 2016
Snyder said, according to the present ordinance, barbed or razor wire could be added to a fence in a residential neighborhood. “Things like barbed wire are not appropriate in a residential area, but those things have never been spelled out before,” he said. “We’ve also had some shabby fences in the past and this sets the groundwork for that area.”...
If You Stumble Across a Fence Post or Tree Painted Purple, You’ll Want to Know This
IJ Review - Feb 11, 2016
There’s one type of marker that you may have passed right by in the woods without giving it a second thought....
Lengthy legal fight over Gretna man’s fence could be settled soon
The New Orleans Advocate - Feb 12, 2016
A long-running and expensive legal dispute between Gretna and a homeowner over a fence the city said was 2 feet too tall could soon be at an end. John Litchfield, a private attorney representing the city, said both sides have ironed out an agreement to settle seven lawsuits in state and federal courts...
Couple's suit against city of Topeka over fence survives attempt to dismiss it
Topeka Capital Journal - Feb 12, 2016
A couple's lawsuit against the city of Topeka over a fence has survived an attempt to have it thrown out. Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty issued a ruling last month denying the city's motion to dismiss the suit filed last September on behalf of Westboro residents Patrick and Christina Habiger...

AG Fencing

$5000 fencing grants available for western NSW landholders
Shoop[e Central - Feb 16, 2016
WESTERN New South Wales land managers have until March 24 to apply for grants of up to $5000 to manage grazing pressure and protect riparian areas.,..
Fences and paradox
OUPblog (blog) - Feb 14, 2016
Imagine that you are an extremely talented, and extremely ambitious, shepherd, and an equally talented and equally ambitious carpenter. You decide that you want to explore what enclosures, or ‘fences‘, you can build, and which groups of objects, or ‘flocks‘,..


Fencing and Animals - Wildlife

Animal keepers: We saw leopard jumping 25-foot-high fence
Deccan Herald - Feb 16, 2016
Soon after news about the escape of the rescued leopard broke, Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Forest and Ecology, Mahendra Jain and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Ravi Ralph rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. ...
How beehive fences help elephants and farmers
Mother Nature Network (blog) - Feb 11, 2016
African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. Growing as tall as a basketball goal and weighing more than three minivans, these beloved behemoths are famously social, intelligent, emotional — and hungry....
2 lion cubs found dead, entangled in net fencing
Times of India - Feb 14, 2016
RRAJKOT: Two lion cubs died after getting entangled in net fencing around a farm in Nageshri village of Rajula taluka in Amreli district. According to forest officials, the cubs were around three months old and had wandered into the village from the nearby forest area....
New rabbit-proof fence built in Victoria
Weekly Times Now - Feb 14, 2016
At only 3.9km long, it falls well short of the famous 330km “dog netting” fence built in the Mallee more than 160 years ago. But, costing more than $50,000, it is still an Australian first. Members of the Curlewis Golf Club on the Bellarine Peninsula were tired of the playing hazards caused by rabbit burrows....


U of M to build fence surrounding railroad track
Daily Helmsman - Feb 10, 2016
The days of students racing the train that runs along Southern Avenue are coming to an end. The University of Memphis will build a fence around the railroad tracks on Southern Avenue. Rumors have circulated among students for a while, but Campus Planning and Design has finally confirmed the project....
Railroad fences will cost over $1 million
Daily Helmsman - Feb 11, 2016
The new fences that will be built along the railroad tracks on Southern Avenue will cost more than $1 million. Funding for the project will come from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Tony Poteet, assistant vice president of campus planning and design, said most of the funding will not come from the University of Memphis....
Creative funding used for EJHS football fence
TriValley Central - Feb 11, 2016
ELOY — Eloy Elementary School District Superintendent Ruby James has an idea for crowdfunding the junior high's new football field. It's what she calls the “62-Panel Project.”...

Fencing and History

Need a fence? Start weaving.
Washington Post - Feb 8, 2016
To build fences in timber country, logs were split into fence rails. There were other solutions, too, some almost lost to memory. Tree stumps could be dug up with roots intact and turned on their sides, the roots interlocking to form a barrier....


Fence causing rift between two Pocatello neighbors
KPVI News 6 - Feb 12, 2016
A fence is causing some un-neighborly love in Pocatello. Two residents are at odds after one of them built a fence dividing their shared driveway....

International Border

Netanyahu calls for fence along all of Israel's borders
JNS - Feb 9, 2016
( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is working towards erecting a full border fence around Israel in order to protect the country from the “wild beasts” that are terrorists.....
Hungary wants to build a razor-wire fence at the border with Romania
Romania-Insider - Feb 12, 2016
“Migration will restart in the spring, possibly putting pressure on our borders. We have to prepare for that and for the building of a fence on the border with Romania,” said Janos Lazar, head of the Hungarian prime minister's office, cited by The Wall Street Journal....


Weird News

Ohio Gas Station Glitch Lets Drivers Fill up for Pennies
ABC News - Feb 15, 2016
A computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations in northwest Ohio, allowing some drivers to fill their tanks for pennies per gallon.....

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