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May 20, 2019   
Association News
The Vinyl Manufacturers Association (VMA), a division of the AFA, wants you to join in 2019. New VMA members will receive a 50% discount on their first year’s membership dues. In addition to the member benefits you enjoy through your AFA membership, VMA offers marketing resources to help you stand out among your competitors.
Learn more or download the VMA member application at Direct questions to Cristina Rodriguez at (314) 561-6625 or
As a reflection of the commitment we have to our members, we have REFRESHED the look and feel of the member portal!  It still has the same user-friendly content and navigation you’ve grown accustomed to, but with a lot more info and content.
Please go online to and click “Member Login” to review the new update! Contact us at if you have any questions or need your login information.

The Deck & Rail Institute (DRI), a division of the AFA, invites current AFA members to join at a special rate and become Charter Members of DRI. Advocating for training and safety of industry professionals is important to DRI members and volunteers.
The DRI codes and standards committee is working to review current codes and identify areas of potential change as it relates to commercial and residential decks and rails. Be part of the change in the industry and join DRI today.
Learn more by visiting or contact Cristina Rodriguez at 314-561-6625 or
November may seem a long way in the distance, but it’s not too soon to start making plans for Fence Contractor Business School at AFA University.  The 2nd FCBS will take place November 3 – 9, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.
Attendees will learn the business side of being a Fence Contractor.
Topics covered in the week-long school are:

• Marketing, Advertising and Sales
• Estimating and Bidding
• Insurance and Legal Issues
• Basics of Accounting and Corporate Structure
• OSHA Compliance and Safety Management
• UL 325 and ASTM F2200

All classes are taught by experienced and industry veteran instructors with expertise in their assigned classes. Attendance is limited, so all students are assured the attention they need to leave with the valuable information they need for success as a fence contractor.
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in with your digital edition of the March/April Fencepost publication.
In this issue:
• Meet AFA's 2019 president, Randy Becnel
• Learn About AFA's new installer certification program
• View our recap of FENCETECH 2019 in Indianapolis
Thousands of people rely on the AFA Member Directory & Buyers’ Guide. This tool is for fence contractors looking for trustworthy distributors, suppliers and more. That’s why members are listed 3 ways: alphabetically, by chapter, and by product or service category.
Make sure your listings work as hard for your business as they should. Take a minute now to check your member profile and make sure it’s up-to-date. 

Any member with a PAST DUE balance on their account will NOT be showcased in the 2019 Member Directory and Buyers’ Guide, printed or digital. Member profiles must be updated and any renewal invoices paid by July 1 at 11:00 PM CST. No exceptions permitted.
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
D&D Technologies’ New SHUT IT® VersaWeld & Face Mount Gate Hinges
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
New VersaWeld gate hinge can be welded to flat or round surfaces. New Face Mount gate hinge opens to a full 180° in one direction for unobstructed passage. Both hinges manufactured with exclusive maintenance-free high-temperature sealed bearings, safe to powder coat with hinges installed on gate. Click here to learn more about SHUT IT® hinges
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WESTECH VINYL FENCE SYSTEMS – Love your fence for life!
Westech Building Products
You already know the benefits of vinyl fencing: • No sanding, painting, or sealing necessary • High durability • Low maintenance • Resistant to rot and pests. So why choose a Westech vinyl fence system? • National sales and distribution network • Reliable installation support • Fast customer service • Lifetime transferrable warranty - With a Westech vinyl fence system there are almost unlimited options for customization, including our new Forest Collection with variegated coloring to mimic real wood.
Click here to learn more
Chapter News
Join fellow members of the Northern Ohio AFA chapter for the annual clay shoot, held Friday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hill 'N Dale Club in Medina.

This year, we welcome AFA Executive Director Tony Thornton, who will offer an "Efficiencies = Profitability" seminar, which is eligible for continuing education points.


A big THANK YOU to Gordon Watts from US Vinyl Fence for sponsoring the Rocky Mountain Top
Golf outing. A wonderful time was had by all, and it was a great day for golfing despite all the thunderstorms, thanks to a roof over the tee box! Trevor had the high score, followed by McKay in second place, and Donnie in third.
Stay tuned for details on next year’s Top Golf Outing schedule, as well as potential involvement opportunities for chapter members at FENCETECH 2020.


Thank you to all who attended the Texas Fence Association’s March Quarterly Meeting at the lovely Lakeway Resort and Spa. It was a fun meeting with great food, music and lots of celebrating the chapter’s recent “Chapter of the Year” AND “Scrapbook of the Year” awards.
Now it's time to celebrate the great TFA Chapter turning the big 3-0 at the Summer Quarterly Meeting, June 28-30, 2019 at Hilton Americas – Houston.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the CAGOI, CAGSD, CFP and CFC exams on Saturday morning. For more information about the meeting, and to sign up for exams, visit


This spring, the Midwest Chapter hosted its first annual Clay Shooting event in Belle Plaine, KS, to great acclaim. There were many first-time attendees, as well as a special appearance by AFA Executive Director Tony Thornton, who was the guest speaker during the chapter meeting. Barry Baker had the best score among all shooters, with 34 out of 50 targets hit on a windy afternoon. Next year, the Midwest Chapter has plans to grow the clay shoot into a 2-day event, with even more attendees.

Upcoming Events
You're invited: Join AFA for our upcoming events in 2019! 
Make sure to visit AFA's Facebook page  to stay current on all our latest news and updates.
• 05/14 - AFA Carolinas Chapter Meeting - City Range Steakhouse & Grille - Greenville, SC
• 05/17 – AFA Memphis Tri-State Chapter Annual Golf Tournament – Robinsonville, MS
• 06/21 – AFA Gulf South Chapter Meeting  - Conference Call
International Gate Devices
Naylor Association Solutions
D&D Technologies’ New High-Temperature Sealed Bearings
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
SHUT IT® gate hinges now include High-Temperature Sealed Bearings! It is now safe to powder coat SHUT IT® hinges along with the gate – no need to remove the bearings. Producing a consistent, high-quality finish. Gate, fence and hinge finish color will match exactly, including the weld. Shut It hinges are adjustable and require no greasing, no maintenance. EVER!
Click here to learn more about Shut It hinges
New Member Savings Program Partners
Did you know that the AFA can save you, your business, your staff and even your family members significant money — on many goods and services you buy today?
Your AFA Member Savings Program is one of the key reasons members join and gain a fantastic ROI on their membership.
Welcome New Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
Thank You Renewing Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!



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