Across the Fence Newsletter
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October 21, 2019   
Upcoming Events
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• 11/3 – 11/9 — AFA UNIVERSITY - Arlington, TX
• 12/6 — AFA CFCA MEETING - Martinez, CA
• 12/6 — AFA TEXAS CHAPTER Q4 MEETING - San Antonio, TX
American Fence Association Education Foundation supports higher education! Industry professionals and their immediate family members attending college, university or trade school may be eligible to apply for an AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF) scholarship. The application is open to members and non-members. Applicants must have a “B” grade point average or higher and have volunteered a minimum of 40 hours of community service.

Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019.
Submit Your Scholarship Application.
Event Dates: March 3-6, 2020 and Exhibit Dates: March 4-6, 2020

Don’t wait to claim your booth for FENCETECH/METALfab as we take over Salt Lake City for 4 full days! We are also bringing back the Deck and Rail Institute’s DECKTECH Pavilion. This is a great opportunity to boost your company’s presence and showcase your latest products in front of 7,000+ attendees.

Booth Rates:
$23 per square foot (AFA/DRI members)

$26 per square foot (non-members)
To reserve your booth, contact Stephen Dennis at or call 314-561-6641.
The September/October digital edition of Fencepost magazine is now available! Each issue of  Fencepost is archived online so you can easily access all of the industry features, member news, AFA updates and more, with the click of a mouse.
In this issue:
• Customer Testimonials in the Digital Age
• AFA U Schools Are in Session This November
• Best In Show: Equine Fencing with a Focus on Performance
Start Reading.
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
NEW SureClose® CONCEALFIT Gate Closer & Hinge Set
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.

New SureClose® CONCEALFIT Gate Closer & Hinge Set provides high security and superior performance.  Features a concealed, high-end look combined with minimal gate gap and no exposed parts for high security. The hydraulic gate closer and hinge set is an All-In-One combination that is ideal for school and other commercial security and safety gates, multi-family housing and luxury residential applications.  Highly adjustable and suitable for ADA use. 

Learn More
Foam Supplies, Inc.
Controlled Products Systems Group
Association News
FENCETECH 2020 Registration is officially open! Come join us in Salt Lake City, Utah March 3-6 2020 for the largest trade show in our industry. With about 7,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors, we continue to raise the bar and partner with the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association’s METALfab and the International Door Association’s IDAExpo. Come learn about the newest products and techniques, attend industry-specific seminars, get motivated by keynote speakers and participate in continued education and certification classes.

New for 2020, you must complete your registration before you book your hotel room. Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation link with hotel reservation instructions.

You don’t want to miss out on this! Early registration ends February 27, 2020. After February 27, you must pay onsite pricing.
Do you know an AFA Superstar? If so, then submit a nomination for an AFA Association Award! The Association Awards recognize members who are committed to the industry and contribute to the work of the AFA.
Tell us who should be awarded Ambassador, Distinguished Service, Contractor of the Year, Hall of Fame, Manufacturer of the Year and an Outstanding Service Award by submitting a nomination.
The information about each Award and the eligibility criteria is outlined on our website.

The deadline for nominations is 11:00 PM central time on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Take 10 minutes and tell us about the best of the best from your company or your peers! The PRO Awards recognize AFA members who have created and installed outstanding fence projects from the past year. Help us identify the best by nominating your company or your peers for a PRO Award.

The PRO Awards recognize the best commercial and residential jobs for the past year in the following categories: multi-use (combination of 2 or more categories), access control, chain link, deck/rail, farm/ranch/agriculture, ornamental, wood, or vinyl.
Nominees must be AFA members in good standing. There is a $10 submission fee per nomination.
The deadline for nominations is 11:00 PM central time on Friday, December 6, 2019.
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

By the Sea 2019 at Myrtle Beach was a great success! The weekend included plenty of networking and learning, as well as a golf tournament, suppliers cocktail party, cornhole tournament, and more. Congratulations to all our winners, and special thanks to our weekend event sponsors!

The Carolinas Chapter of the American Fence Association is excited to announce that they have voted to partner with Purple Heart Homes for their 2019 Service Project.The organization is dedicated to providing housing for service connected disabled veterans.
The chapter will be lending their services to retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Gladney. Jesse has overcome many challenges, including a major injury while serving in Iraq (for which he was awarded a Purple Heart), and losing his wife to cancer.
For the project, the CFA will install approximately 300 linear feet of 6-foot tall vinyl privacy fence for Jesse, all based on donated time, labor and materials.
CFA would like to thank Guardian Fence Suppliers for donating a majority of the materials. The chapter is still in need of funds for labor and additional materials, including concrete, posts stiffeners, hardware and more. They are also still seeking volunteers to manage the project installation, and represent the chapter to Jesse and the Purple Heart Homes Staff.
The event is scheduled for October, and more info will follow. If you would like to donate to the project, please email Jessica McEntire at
International Gate Devices
Naylor Association Solutions
Member News
OSH recently announced that it is proposing changes to its beryllium shipyard and construction industry standards. It published the final rule in the September 30th Federal Register, noting that it was not seeking to eliminate all ancillary provisions of the two standards, but would be introducing alterations.
The multiple proposed changes cover a range of topics, from definitions and hazard communications to respiratory protection, personal protective equipment and clothing, and compliance methods.
There will be an informal hearing to discuss the proposed rule on December 3rd at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Labor Heardquarters. Any comments for the hearing must be submitted no later than November 7th.
Ron Goedecke, an Okmulgee, OK resident, was recognized this year for his unique fence installation system, the Fence Bullet. It features metal bracing and pipe fencing connectors that do not require welding.
Goedecke applied to the Inventor's Assistance Service through Oklahoma State University's New Product Development Center, where he received assistance with patent and market research, design drawings, and support from qualified engineering students in the program. His product has grown from preliminary designs to an increasingly popular product, thanks in no small part to the NPDC and the Regent Business Partnership Award.
New Member Savings Program Partners
Benefits of the AFA Savings Program
Members say membership in our Group Purchasing Organization is a true "No Brainer."
Through our buying group alliance (made up of over 150 associations) we have been able to negotiate national pricing on many products and services which you are already using.

Ready to get started? Call Mark Schiavone at -303-963-6441 or Dan Pramis at 603-628-2333 to learn more about the AFA MSP. Go online to see all AFA MSP savings opportunities.
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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