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April 20, 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.

Fence Installation School (FIS)

Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021 REGISTER HERE



On The Road FIS in Waverly, NE 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)

Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021 REGISTER HERE


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.

DoorKing, Inc.
LokkLatch® 3 Plus Dual Lockable Gate Latch
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.
Learn More

AFA held its first face-to-face event since FENCETECH 2020!  This sold out school had attendees from 15 states who spent 5 days learning all aspects of how to take their business to the next level.


Special thanks to our instructors:

Christina Pannos – Howe & Hutton (Legal)

Susie Wells – Assa Abloy Ameristar (Marketing)

Tony Thornton – Executive Director, AFA (Cores/Disciplines)

Andy Stergiou – Alliant Insurance (Insurance)

Mike Robinson – Robinson Fence (Estimating and Bidding)

Susan Colson – Security Fence (Accounting)

Zach Eichenberger – Controlled Products Systems Group (ASTM/UL)

Tony Perez – Sagamore Fence (OSHA)

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Want to attend the next FCBS School? Registration will open in July for AFA University in early November in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Stay tuned!

ACI is pleased to announce the launch of its new website! Visit for more information on our current programs, upcoming testing events, and information on how to become a proctor or host a testing event at your facility. 
ACI is scheduling new testing events regularly – for the most up to date list, please visit Questions? Contact Sara Surprenant at or 734-635-8184.
Nortek Security & Control, LLC
Association News

Congratulations to our 2020 PRO Award Winners!

The AFA PRO Awards recognize AFA members who have created and installed amazing fence projects from the past year. We are proud to announce this year's winners:

Commercial Access Control - Quality Gates and Openers

Commercial  Chain Link - Fencing Solutions LLC

Residential Chain Link - Aruba Iron Works

Commercial Deck & Rail - Aruba Iron Works

Residential Deck & Rail - Southwest Fence & Deck

Residential Farm/Ranch/Agricultural - Southwest Fence & Deck

Commercial Multi-Use - Joanna Inc., DBA Gate Logic Security

Residential Multi-Use - Southwest Fence & Deck

Commercial Ornamental - Northern Illinois Fence

Residential Ornamental - Aruba Iron Works

Commercial Vinyl - Forever Fence & Rail

Residential Vinyl - Forever Fence & Rail

Residential Wood - Southwest Fence & Deck

Best of the Best Commercial Multi-Use - Joanna Inc., DBA Gate Logic Security

Look for more details on these PRO Award-winning projects in the May/June issue of Fencepost



The AFA Association Awards recognize members who are committed to the industry and contribute to the work of the AFA. We are pleased to announce this year's winners:

Ambassador – Mark Olson, SWI, LLC

Contractor of the Year – SWI, LLC

Distinguished Service – Lloyd “Butch” Glasgow, USA Fence

Manufacturer of the Year – Ideal Aluminum Products

Look for more details on this year's Association Award winners in the May/June issue of Fencepost


The FENCETECH 2022 booth draw will begin on Monday, April 26, 2021. Don’t miss your chance to claim a valuable, high-visibility space in fabulous New Orleans, as we bring back our co-locate with NOMMA's METALfab. 
NEW: Sponsor and regular booth draw will be combined with METALfab during the same week. Booth draw priority is based on the number of years your company has exhibited.

Go to for more information or contact AFA at or 800-822-434.

Stinson Fencing - Lafayette, LA 70508-7476
Great Lakes Fence Co. - Detroit, MI 48235-3813
Thank you mySalesman for recruiting 15 NEW MEMBERS!!
LiftMaster’s Smart Video Intercom, See. Know. Secure
LiftMaster’s unrivaled combination of reliable hardware and myQ technology empowers property managers to conveniently manage all entrances on a single dashboard from anywhere. Easy-to-use app features enable residents to freely move around their community and securely grant visitors access from their smartphone. Our line of video intercom’s monitoring capabilities provide enhanced security and help streamline guest management for residents. Seeing is believing.

Learn More
International Gate Devices
Rhino Tool Company
Member News

Trex Fencing FDS out of Provo, UT has been a valued AFA member since 2010. 

Contact Edmund Rose for all of your Trex Fencing products at or 877-700-8739.

To learn more, visit

Unlike Any Other: Oasis Composite Fencing
Fortress Fence Products
Meet Oasis: a composite fencing solution that elevates your residential build with enhanced performance. Equipped with Eva-Tech™ technology, Oasis offers superior weather resistance without the maintenance of traditional wood. Meaning no painting. No staining. Ever. With Oasis, you can be confident that your customer’s fence will look as beautiful as the day you installed it.

Discover our carefree fencing
New Member Savings Program Partners

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

Ace Hardware
Track Your Drivers and Budget the Easy Way

Make saving more on all of your hardware needs easy at your local Ace Hardware. As a member, you get exclusive discounts on paint, cleaning supplies, hand and power tools, plumbing, electrical, and more – all  with easy in-store pick up.
Register for savings at:


Saved clients over $6.1 million in fees

Are you looking to 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%. Register for your savings at:

Credit Card Testimonials

Batteries Plus Bulbs

More Than Just a Supplier

Batteries Plus is more than just a supplier; it's an active partner working to save you time and money. Additional Batteries Plus services include free site assessments, customized delivery options and your own dedicated advisor. Your association account has already been created. Just log in today to start saving up to 73% off retail on 85 items. Register for your savings at:

Want more information about saving money? Contact Leonard Bowers at or 603-626-0333.

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
LP Building Products
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!
Wheatland Tube



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