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March 22, 2021   
Upcoming Events

Registration is NOW OPEN for AFA University On The Road in Waverly, Nebraska, June 9-11!  Sign up for Fence Installation School or Gate Automation Designer School. Launching at this event is AFA’s new Chain Link Gate Fabrication and Welding class, a one day class that can be added on to either of the schools.

Early bird deadlines for On The Road events in Texas and Ohio are approaching so register today and save $50!

Fence Contractor Business School (FCBS)

Dallas, Texas // April 11-17, 2021 REGISTER BY MARCH 23 TO SAVE $50

Thank You, Sponsors!

• Assa/Abloy Entrance Systems - Ameristar
• Southwest Automated Security
• Controlled Products Group
• Fortress Fence Products
• Homeland Vinyl Products
• LiftMaster

Interested in becoming a sponsor for FCBS? Click here to see our available sponsorship opportunities.

Fence Installation School (FIS)
Wadsworth, Ohio // April 22-23, 2021 REGISTER BY APRIL 1 TO SAVE $50
Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021 REGISTER HERE


On The Road FIS in Wadsworth, OH will cover these two fence disciplines:
• Chain Link
• Ornamental Metal

On the Road FIS in Waverly, NE will cover these two fence disciplines:
• Chain Link
• Vinyl

Chain Link Gate Fabrication and Welding Class
Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021

This one-day class supports professional installers and welding shop personnel, and teaches best practices for proper cutting, notching and fitting requirements for residential and commercial gate fabrication. 

Thank You, Sponsors!
• Assa/Abloy Entrance Systems - Ameristar
• Controlled Products Systems Group
• mySalesman
• Wood Defender
• Homeland Vinyl
• Wheatland Tube
• EZG Manufacturing
• D&D Technologies
• LiftMaster

Interested in becoming a sponsor for FIS? Click Here to see our available sponsorship opportunities.

Gate Automation Designer School (GADS)

Wadsworth, Ohio // April 22-23, 2021 REGISTER BY APRIL 1 TO SAVE $50
Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021 

Thank You, Sponsors!
• Controlled Products Group
• EMX INdustries, Inc.
• LiftMaster
• Southwest Automated Systems
• Siren Operated Sensor
• Assa/Abloy Entrance Systems - Ameristar
• LiftMaster

Interested in becoming a sponsor for GADS? Click here to see our available sponsorship opportunties.

2021 Virtual AFA Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
2:00pm Central
Join AFA President Randy Ward for an update on AFA’s successes, activities, and plans for 2021.
Click here to register for the free webinar.
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D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.®
The LokkLatch® 3 Plus key-lockable privacy and security gate latch features a contemporary design and interconnected locks provide locking and unlocking from both sides of the gate. Quickest and easiest through post installation of any product on the market.  Revolutionary installation process features a ball and joint connector rod that snaps firmly into place. Adjustable for perfect installations.  For residential or light commercial applications on any square post gate material: vinyl, wood, or metal.
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AFA's Education Foundation
The AFA Education Foundation, which was formed in 2003 by the American Fence Association to provide scholarships and carry on educational and charitable activities to advance the fence industry, is pleased to announce the five recipients of a $5,000 scholarship for the 2021 school year.

Nielsen Lundgren - Buhl, ID
Elle Shrader - Boerne, TX
Erin Loftus - Churchville, PA
Caragan Lockard - Eolia, MO
Christopher Williams - Medford, NY

Each submission is blindly reviewed by the Education Foundation Scholarship Committee. Eligible applicants must either be employed in the fence industry or an immediate family member (i.e. wife/husband, child) of a current industry employee. Applicants must also have achieved a “B” grade point average or higher in the previous three years of schooling and have performed a minimum of 40 hours of community service. Applicants do not have to be members of the American Fence Association (AFA) to qualify.
Nortek Security & Control, LLC
Association News
Booth draw for FENCETECH 2022 in New Orleans will be held the week of April 26. NEW THIS YEAR – Sponsor and regular booth draw will be the same week. 

2021 sponsors have been contacted to confirm sponsorships for 2022 and to go first in the booth draw based on priority points. Available sponsorships and more information will be announced next week.

Contact for more information.
The 2021 Voice Pocket Guide is available on a fully interactive platform optimized for mobile reading. That means whether you're at a jobsite or at a desk, your guide is easy to access and even more comfortable to read. Be sure to check out this year's special section: Exhibitor Spotlights.

In this issue:
• 2021 Exhibitor Listings
• 2021 FENCETECH Exhibitors By Category
• 2021 METALfab Exhibitors By Category 
Strong. Unfailing All-Day Access
The new LiftMaster® 24 VDC Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Slide Gate Operator is the perfect solution for Class I, II, III, and IV heavy gate and extreme applications. The continuous operation keeps commercial properties and gated communities working 24/7. Rated for gates up to 75 feet in length and 3,000 lbs. Custom 1.5 HP peak brushless 24VDC motor delivers up to 6 million cycles.

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International Gate Devices
Rhino Tool Company
Member News
 AFA is pleased to introduce the newest ACI-certified Gate Automation Designer and Certified Gate Automation Technician members!
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

Save on supplies and services that increase your profitability, and keep more money in your pocket.

WEX Fleet FlexCard
Track Your Drivers and Budget the Easy Way

Now there's a gas card designed specifically for fleets with 1-15 vehicles.
Take advantage of a variety of member-only savings and benefits, including:

• Get Gas Anywhere - accepted at 95% of stations nationwide
• Security & Protection - drivers IDs to track unauthorized spending
• Carry a Balance - pay in full or carry a balance when cash is tight with 26 day payment terms
• View Expense Data - view fuel and service spending in real time
• Easy-To-Use Online Management Tools to quickly add, delete or suspend cards, set controls, pay online and view invoices.
• WEX Connect Mobile App - find fueling stations instantly

The WEX FlexCard is the ultimate way to increase your fleet management efficiency and save on vehicle fueling and service costs.

Saved clients over $6.1 million in fees

Earn more from every credit card payment. CardConnect AIP offers members an easy-to-understand pricing model that typically results in a reduction in fees of up to 40%. You're paying too much if you see any of the following words on your bill: qualified, mid-qualified, non-qualified, EIRF, standard, electronic, or surcharge. The average member saves $7,200.

Benefits include:

  • Interchange Plus Pricing (20-40% reduction)
  • Interchange Optimization - Level 2/3
  • Ease of implementation - less than 45 minutes to transition to the program
  • No early termination fees
  • Next day funding
  • View transactions in real time
  • PCI-Certified P2PE (secure cardholder data for swiped, dipped and keyed transactions)
  • Periodic audits and account reviews to ensure savings remain on track

To start saving, contact (844) 346-3746 or email

By joining the AFA Member Savings Program, a benefit of membership, you instantly have access to the buying power of the collective group which represents tens of thousands of employees and millions of dollars in spending clout. To see all products and services available to you, visit

If you are an AFA member and not currently enrolled in the Member Savings Program, please contact AFA’s dedicated savings consultant Dan Pramis at 603-628-2333, Mark Schiavone at, or
Jewett-Cameron 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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