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December 22, 2020   
Upcoming Events
Don't Miss Out on These Upcoming American Fence Association Educational Events!
We are busy planning a variety of socially distanced educational events in 2021 after a successful AFA University on the Road and Gate Automation Designer School (GADS) in Tampa this December.
We are finalizing the following AFA University on the Road opportunities:
• Fence Contractor Business School (FCBS), Dallas, TX, April 2021
• Fence Installation School (FIS), Wadsworth, OH, April 2021
• Gate Automation Designer School (GADS), Wadsworth, OH, April 2021
• And more are in the works for later in the year
Registration for the April 2021 events will open in January, but you can read more about these events now on the AFA website.
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Association News

After much work with our partners in Nashville, it has become clear that the American Fence Association will be unable to hold FENCETECH / METALfab 2021 at Music City Center in February. As always, the health and safety of our members, attendees and exhibitors is our priority and, while AFA is heartened by recent developments in the fight against COVID-19, we are still not in a situation where an in-person event of our size and type is feasible.

AFA would like to first give our sincere thanks to all of the attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers and partners who have registered for, signed up, been actively engaged or otherwise indicated their support of FENCETECH 2021. If you have not received an email from us already, we will be reaching out to each of you over the next few weeks to provide an update on how this change affects you individually and what the next steps are as we closeout FENCETECH 2021.

We will be bringing some of the quality content we had planned for FENCETECH 2021 to you via webinars later this year. Once we have formalized that schedule, we will share that information as well, so please watch our website for those updates too.

If you are an exhibitor or sponsor, we will be reaching out in the New Year to discuss how this will affect you and steps to take moving forward.

Finally, we hope to see all of you for FENCETECH / METALfab 2022 in New Orleans, February 15-18, 2022. Due to the immense popularity of Nashville as a host city, we also look forward to scheduling new dates for FENCETECH / METALfab in a future year to be determined. In the meantime, the American Fence Association wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.


The AFA Board of Directors and Staff would like to recognize and appreciate the enormous contributions these individuals have given in their roles on our Board.

It is through these passionate members that we have successfully engaged our community of contractors and the profession. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your time, talents, and leadership. You leave a great legacy for us to continue.

Left to right: Peter Williams, Jr.; Randy Becnel CFP, CAGOI; Susan E. Colson; Bob Masten

The AFA office will be closed December 23rd through 25th for the Christmas holiday. The office will also be closed December 31st and January 1st for the New Year’s holiday. We will respond to any communication upon our return to the office.
The Board of Directors executes the mission and vision of AFA. They work to ensure that the organization benefits all members, advances the fence industry and improves the community. Thank you for your dedication to advance the professionalism of our industry.
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Member News

Malco Products, SBC, experienced manufacturer of American-made tools for professional use, has launched a new line of C-RHEX® Cleanable, Reversible Magnetic Hex Drivers featuring 6- and 8-millimeter, or 8- and 10-millimeter hex sizes to enhance productivity and flexibility on the job for trade professionals. 
“These new C-RHEX sizes are designed to answer the requests we’ve received from the field to expand the line to include additional, smaller sizes,” said Nancy Gunnerson, Malco marketing manager.
These new models will join Malco’s existing line of 5/16- and 3/8-inch and 1/4- and 5/16-inch C-RHEX drivers, which Malco enhanced to feature a slimmer profile earlier this year.
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Oasis Composite Fencing
Fortress Fence Products®
Oasis composite fencing takes composite fencing to a new level of performance and beauty. Unlike traditional wood fencing, Oasis requires absolutely no maintenance. That means no staining, painting, or replacing boards – and they’re resistant to weathering and even insects. Help deliver tranquil luxury to your customers with Oasis composite fencing.

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New Member Savings Program Partners

Finish 2020 strong by saving your company money while also entering yourself into the Finish 2020 Strong Member Savings Program Contest!

Register for MSP supplier accounts including Hewlett Packard, Ace Hardware, Sherwin Williams, Batteries Plus Bulbs, our Health Plan, MSP 401K Plan, Alliant Business Insurance and more. Each supplier registration equals 1 entry, so you can have up to 6 entries per person.

Contest Period: November 10 - December 31, 2020
Prizes include:
1st Prize - $250 Hewlett Packard Gift Card
2nd Prize - $100 Verns' Toffee Gift Card - Best stuff ever!
3rd - 5th Prize - $50 Restaurant.Com Gift Cards
Members can register at
Just check the boxes next to the suppliers you want to register with for savings. Each supplier request will count as a single entry. MSP will register an account for you or, if necessary, our suppliers will reach out to you to expain the their program and connect your company to their MSP Group Purchasing Program.
There is no purchase necessary - you even get one entry without registration with any suppliers. Complete details of the contest can be found at
Why not have a chance to win great prizes and also save on goods and services your company is already using?


Rhino Tool Company
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 or celebrated membership anniversaries with the association. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!



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