Fence News August 2023

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14 - 52 ACCESS CONTROL, GATE OPERATORS AND PANIC EXITS 14 Enhance Security and Access Control with Dortronics Industrial Magnetic Locks 18 Global GRAB Technologies to Deliver Grab 300 Vehicle Barrier Systems to a Major North American International Airports 20 LiftMaster® Introduces myQ Mobile Credentials Providing Keyless Entry and Enhanced Access Security 24 All-O-Matic Unveils New Column Mount Swing Gate Operator and Enhanced Control Board 26 Redefining Perimeter Security with Unified Solutions and Emerging Technologies 30 The Importance of Panic Exits on Outdoor Gate and Fence Environments 32 IDEA’s Gate Systems Certifications are Expanding 34 Case Study: Intelligent Parking Access 36 5 Ways to Maximize ROI with GateHawk: Elevating Access Control for Gated Communities 38 Nice Announces Home Management OS 8.8 Software Upgrade for all Nice/ELAN® Control Systems 39 Electradrop Fail Open: Gate Motor Protection and Emergency Exit 42 The E-Loop: Revolutionizing Automatic Gate Exits with Wireless Technology 44 Winees Announces the First Solar-Powered Security Camera to Be IoXt-Certified 48 Flexibility and Efficiency Meet Seamless Connectivity in OmniPoint’s Total Property Wireless Access 50 Selling and Installing Solar at Stony Hill Vineyards
8 Trex Celebrates Eight Top TrexPro Contractors with Stellar Service Awards 8 A Prime, Seamless Shopping Experience 12 Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software Teams with MOSO Bamboo 53 Envision Outdoor Living Products Adds New Sales Staff 56 Top of the Chain with Ron DeMedio of International Gate Devices 58 CLFMI Les Grube Memorial Design Award Now Accepting Applications 58 CLFMI Welcomes New Members 60 Ignite Attachments Launches Auger Attachment Line 60 Business and Operations Training Offered by NAFCA 62 Everything American Fence Association 66 Pete & Jake - Still Nailing It 67 United Site Services Appoints Jason Nordin as Chief Operating Officer 69 DSI Acquires Fortress Fencing 69 Key-Link Fencing & Railing Receives Certification 70 Empower Brands Announces Joint Venture with Canopy Lawn Care 70 NAFCA Creates New Membership Level 70 In Memoriam: Todd Thomas
64 Oprah’s Got Nothing on Me by Mark Levin, CAE, CSP 72 Management Corner: Improve Organization and Time Management Skills for Success 73 Chain Link Fence Installation 101 by Tony Thornton
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Trex Celebrates Eight Top TrexPro Contractors with Stellar Service Awards

For decking contractors, success is built on quality work and referrals. With this in mind, Trex Company, a leading manufacturer of highperformance wood-alternative decking and railing, and a leading outdoor living brand, recently honored eight of its elite TrexPro contractors with the company’s prestigious Stellar Service Award.

The Trex Stellar Service Award is presented annually to the top performing TrexPro Platinum builder in each of the company’s sales regions based on project volume and customer satisfaction. To qualify for this honor, builders must install enough decks to rank within the top 25% of all TrexPro Platinum builders in their region by volume, and also earn the most – and highest – satisfaction ratings in post-build customer surveys.

“Being good at deck design and installation is vital to the overall Platinum experience customers are looking for,” explains Todd Phariss, who manages the TrexPro program for Trex Company. “Equally important is the ability to work effectively with homeowners, listen to their wants and needs, and exceed their expectations. The Stellar Service Award recognizes builders who exemplify these talents and who embody the customer-first spirit of the Trex brand.”

Based on their outstanding performance over the past year, eight TrexPro Platinum contractors were presented with Trex Stellar Service Awards. They include (by region):

• Central: Mike Mitchell of Mitchell Construction in Illinois

• Mid Atlantic: Bud Bradford of South Jersey Custom Decks in New Jersey

• Northeast: Nir Elimelch of Samsol Decks in New York

• Northwest: Tana Mallory of Three 60 Decks in Oregon

• South: Wes Brawner of Brawner Renovations in Georgia

• South Central: Tony Clem of Add-a-Deck of the Rockies in Colorado

• Southwest: Jake Johnson of Stone Ridge Decking in California

• International: Roger Brown of Browns Landscape in the United Kingdom

Each winner received a commemorative plaque from Trex along with a special icon added to their profile page on Trex.com.

“Referrals are the lifeblood of any decking contractor,” notes Phariss. “Earning this award distinguishes them as great TrexPro builders with a lot of enthusiastic customers.”

Comprising a nationwide network of independent contractors, the TrexPro platform serves as a resource for both homeowners and building professionals. With three tiers of expertise (TrexPro, TrexPro Gold and TrexPro Platinum), contractors are pre-screened and handselected to join group of select deck builders. TrexPro Platinum contractors have earned the highest level of recognition available, with proven mastery of the Trex product portfolio. All TrexPro contractors have completed extensive training and demo installations, adhering to the brand’s industry-leading installation requirements and program guidelines. In turn, Trex provides these builders with valuable benefits, such as lead generation, brand-building tools, and recognition designed to help grow their businesses.

For more information about the TrexPro program, visit www.trex.com.

A Prime, Seamless Shopping Experience

Fence Armor, a leading provider of high-quality fence post protection, announces their collaboration with e-commerce titan, Amazon, leveraging its latest feature, Buy with Prime.

Fence Armor’s innovative, American-made Post Guards and Cap Claw™ Post Caps prevent, protect, and prolong the life of new and existing fence posts, while adding valuable curb appeal. With a commitment to premium quality fence protection and the environment, Fence Armor Post Guards and Post Caps go beyond long-lasting protection, by providing long-lasting customer satisfaction. Fence Armor is the go-to for homeowners, retail businesses, and industry professionals around the world.

Buy with Prime allows U.S.-based Prime Members shop directly from the Fence Armor website, www.fencearmor. com, using the Prime shopping benefits they love and trust –including fast, free delivery, a seamless checkout experience, and easy returns.

“Our customers won’t need to leave our website to seed out our products on Amazon,” says Al Martins, founder of Fence Armor. “They can enjoy the benefits of Prime directly from our site. With Amazon Prime’s Buy with Prime feature, we aren’t just selling our product; we are selling an enhanced shopping and buying experience, an experience that aligns with our high-quality, customer-centric products.”

Customers can click on the “Buy with Prime” button, then verify their Amazon account information. Checkout is hosted by Buy with Prime and populates to the customer’s preferred delivery address and payment method from their Amazon account. Once the purchase is completed, Amazon handles deliveries and returns for eligible products.

For more information, visit www.fencearmor.com.

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Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software Teams with MOSO Bamboo

Structural connector producer Simpson Strong-Tie and bamboo building products manufacturer MOSO North America have partnered on products and software to enable customers to design their deck projects with Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software.

The free-to-use online software allows contractors, deck builders, and homeowners to create their own custom deck rendering using MOSO Bamboo X-treme decking material, along with structural products and technical knowledge from Simpson Strong-Tie. The planner provides all the information needed to build a safe, durable and sustainable deck.

In addition, the planner has features that are unique to a MOSO Bamboo X-treme deck. Users can select from the various widths of MSOS Bamboo X-treme decking boards (4”, 6”, and 7”) to see how each will look

and to properly estimate material needs. In addition to deck boards, the program can estimate quantities for all MOSO bamboo decking-related products, including fascia boards. Another feature can age the designed deck to show users how the bamboo will naturally change color as a result of prolonged exposure to the elements.

The software allows users to build custom decks with detailed renderings, construction drawings, and materials lists. Users can also connect with MOSO North America material suppliers in their area to get pricing and assistance in accurately estimating project costs.

For more information, visit www.strongtie.com.

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Access Control, Gate Operators and Panic Exits

Enhanced security is a way of life and ever evolving. Innovation is leading the way to securing property in a comprehensive and unobtrusive manner. More than ever, businesses and organizations can enforce safety, allow greater control and offer a seamless experience offering security and peace of mind.

Enhance Security and Access Control with Dortronics Industrial Magnetic Locks



Unparalleled Strength and Durability. Engineered to provide unmatched strength and durability, and constructed with high-quality materials, these locks can withstand heavy usage and harsh environments. The locks are suitable for interior or exterior applications and are specifically designed to secure doors and gates even in harsh conditions. All electronics are sealed in epoxy and protected by the stainless steel housing cover. The housing, armature, and exposed face of the electric lock are nickel-plated to resist rust and corrosion, ensuring long-lasting performance.

Fail-Safe Operation.

All Dortronics electromagnetic locks are failsafe, releasing instantly upon command or loss of

power. With no moving parts to wear, stick, or bind, both locking and unlocking are accomplished with ease and efficiency. The absence of bolt travel time or misalignment concerns further enhances the reliability and convenience of these locks.

Universal Mounting. The standard #1000 model is supplied with an adjustable mounting plate for use on outswing doors and gates. For inswing door and gate installations, the #TJ1000 unit comes with an angle lock mounting plate and an armature “Z” bracket. Any 1000 series lock can

be converted in the field for inswing door and gate applications by adding the 1099-00 Conversion kit. Additionally, an optional XCF conduit fitting is


available for exterior gate control wiring applications, providing flexibility and compatibility for various installation requirements.

Low Current Draw.

Locks in this series can be operated on either 12 or 24 VDC and feature an efficient design that requires only 170mA @ 24 Volts DC to maintain the rated 1200-pound holding force. The well-confined magnetic field, combined with the built-in spike and surge suppression system, allows for seamless integration with any access control system. For remote monitoring, an optional integrated Door Position Switch may be specified by suffixing XD. Whether controlled individually or simultaneously from one or several locations, these locks are ideal for securing manual or automatically operated doors and gates.

Extended Service Life.

The rugged design and durable construction of these locks assure virtually endless actuations without fear of electrical fatigue or mechanical breakdown. Manufactured to the most stringent quality control standards, Dortronics offers a lifetime warranty on all electromagnetic locks.

“Our Industrial Magnetic Locks provide a robust, reliable and efficient security solution,” says Burnham. “With their fail-safe operation, extended service life, universal mounting options, and low current draw, they offer unparalleled strength and convenience for a wide range of applications, and can significantly enhance the overall effectiveness of access control systems.”

Learn more at www.dortronics.com.

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Global GRAB Technologies to Deliver Grab 300 Vehicle Barrier Systems to a Major North American International Airport

Global GRAB Technologies has received a multimillion contract to deliver nine of its awardwinning GRAB 300 “less-than-lethal” active vehicle barrier systems to a major North American international airport. According to Global GRAB, this specific airport has asked not to be named for security reasons.

Global GRAB Technologies is a global leader in designing, engineering, fabricating, manufacturing, and installing crash rated vehicle barriers and hostile vehicle mitigation systems, including its patented energy absorbing, less-thanlethal GRAB 300 (Ground Retractable Automobile Barrier) system.

“Global GRAB is honored to provide another major international airport the GRAB 300 system which provides best-in-class aviation security and hostile vehicle mitigation capabilities and value”

says Brian Cooper, president and chief operating officer. “Approximately 700 GRAB systems have been deployed globally.”

Global GRAB’s hostile vehicle mitigation and perimeter security innovations have been proven at hundreds of customers sites representing defense, military, key government agencies, airports, port authorities, petrochemical, data centers, financial institutions, sport venues and other mission critical sites throughout the United States and internationally.

“Airport design and security experts understand the importance of utilizing a proven ‘less-thanlethal’ capability in their aviation security plans to deter and mitigate the potential for serious injury or death when an attempted security breach occurs,” says Mark Horne, executive chairman of Global GRAB.

The company’s portfolio of less-than-lethal products and technologies are differentiated by the depth and breadth of its design, engineering, fabrication, manufacturing, and professional services capabilities. Global GRAB is a true “turnkey solution” provider with years of proven and successful performance in civil construction, project management, and providing design and engineering capabilities to its customers.

For more information on Global GRAB’s products and technologies related to aviation visit: www.aviation.grabglobal.com

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LiftMaster® Introduces myQ Mobile Credentials Providing Keyless Entry and Enhanced Access Security

LiftMaster®, a leading brand of professionally installed access solutions, has introduced new myQ® Mobile Credentials, allowing community residents to use their smartphones as an ultra-secure key for seamless entry across their property’s access points.

Using the new LiftMaster Smart Readers and/or Smart Video Intercoms to enable myQ Mobile Credentials with the myQ Community app offers residents the flexibility to enter building access points, including front doors, elevators, parking garages, amenity rooms, and package rooms with their smartphone, while maintaining security and eliminating the need for physical credentials like key cards or fobs.

The Smart Reader with myQ Mobile Credentials works with LiftMaster’s full line of access control products and a lineup of feature-rich options providing access control system solutions to meet the needs of any property.

Multi-Housing News, a resource for those investing in or managing property, identifies keyless entry as the top digital amenity that renters look for in 2023. Solutions like myQ Mobile Credentials that leverage the smartphone as an all-access building pass foster a greater sense of security than physical keys because they are less likely to be lost, stolen, or cloned, and make it easier for property managers to specifically track who is entering.

“The feature rich myQ Community app already makes life easier and safer for residents by offering them a seamless way to enter a property and share access with guests,” says Jenny Lytle, general manager of Commercial Emerging Business. “Adding myQ Mobile Credentials and the Smart Readers to our smart access control ecosystem unlocks new ways


for residents to gain entry to their building and the spaces and amenities that matter to them while enhancing property security.”

With myQ Mobile Credentials, residents have three smart new ways to gain entry with their smartphone:

Tap: Tap your smartphone against a reader or video intercom as if it’s a key fob.

Touch: Residents can touch the reader with their hand while the smartphone is in a pocket or close by.

Alert: Press the myQ Community notification Alert that appears on your smartphone when approaching the entrance.

Residents using the myQ Community app also have access to one-way video calling and two-way video voice communication to identify guests before granting access, recurring or one-time virtual guest passes, and a “press to unlock” feature that allows residents to easily unlock authorized entrances remotely with their smartphone. Additionally, the myQ Community app works with Siri Voice Control, allowing residents to seamlessly access a front gate, garage or front door hands-free with a simple voice command.

The Smart Reader enables myQ Mobile Credentials when connected to a LiftMaster Smart Video Intercom or other connected access controller providing a solution for multifamily buildings that goes beyond the perimeter. In addition to interacting with Smart Readers, myQ Mobile Credentials can also work directly with LiftMaster Smart Video Intercoms without the need for a physical reader.

The Smart Reader with myQ Mobile Credentials works with LiftMaster’s full line of access control products and a lineup of feature-rich options providing access control system solutions to meet the needs of any property.

For more information on myQ Mobile Credentials and the Smart Readers, visit www.myq.com/community/smart-reader-mobileaccess or www.liftmaster.com.

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All-O-Matic Unveils New Column Mount Swing Gate Operator and Enhanced Control Board

All-O-Matic introduces the MACH-PRIME column mount swing gate operator and enhanced TORO24 control board to simplify gate automation for wide column gates.

“MACH-PRIME was introduced to overcome hurdles presented by gates with wide columns, where conventional actuator arms cannot be easily installed,” explains Fortino Tarula, general manager with All-O-Matic. The company, located in Van Nuys, California, manufactures gate operators, hardware and services for small residential to heavy duty commercial operators.

The new MACH-PRIME offers an opening range of up to 130 degrees.

To streamline installations and simplify gate automation systems, All-O-Matic designed the MACH-PRIME to be fully compatible with their TORO24 Prime Actuator control board.

“The integration of the MACH-PRIME and the TORO24 control board enables users to utilize the same TORO24 control box for both systems, eliminating unnecessary complexity and ensuring seamless compatibility.

“We have enhanced the TORO24 control board to provide even greater convenience and efficiency,” he says. The new design incorporates a USB connector, enabling users to retrieve error logs and perform firmware updates in the field. This feature facilitates rapid diagnostics and ensures firmware updates can be swiftly implemented, minimizing downtime and maximizing performance.

They’ve also eliminated the need for potentiometers for their E.R.D. and TIMER settings by introducing three user-friendly buttons that can be utilized in conjunction with the LCD display to adjust the sensitivity setting range more precisely from 0% to 100%. Additionally, the auto-close timer range has been expanded from 1 – 60 seconds to an extended range of 1 – 120 seconds, offering greater flexibility in controlling gate closure. They are currently working on bringing those same enhancements to their BLDC PCB, also.

“In addition, we’ve introduced a range of complementary products that further enhance gate automation solutions,” Tarula says. The WiSe Wireless Kit was introduced for primary and secondary DC gate operator installations, eliminating the need for extensive wiring and trench digging. The Prime VD-1 plug-in Loop Detector is specifically designed for use with

the LPR-2 Prewired Loop rack. This detector features a solid-state detection output that can be inverted using a dip switch to provide either fail-safe or fail-secure operation. All-O-Matic also offers the AML-1200B mag lock to ensure secure and reliable gate locking.

Lastly, in March of this year, they introduced their new AOM-RED EYE kit, including two per slider and one per every swinger and overhead gate operators, sold separately.

“We’re focused on quality products and quality service. Because we have hands on experience with our products, we’re available to work with our customers on any questions they may have,” says Tarula.

For more information, visit www.allomatic.net.


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Redefining Perimeter Security with Unified Solutions and Emerging Technologies

Physical security strategies have traditionally focused on securing the perimeter – and with good reason. The goal is to stop dangerous elements or intruders from gaining access to an internal environment. As physical security evolves, the perimeter remains a vital concern.

For large-scale environments, like airports and critical infrastructure sites, securing the perimeter is made more complicated by size. When an organization has limited awareness of its entire perimeter, it is more susceptible to intrusions that can lead to physical security breaches and cyber-attacks.

“Many organizations are now asking how they can effectively protect their perimeter and prevent breaches,” says Cheryl Stewart, industry marketing specialist at Genetec, Inc. “The answer is to deploy a unified security system and then incorporate new technologies as part of a more comprehensive perimeter strategy.”

Stewart joined Genetec in 2019 as an industry and applications marketing analyst focusing on airports. Her role now includes the entire critical infrastructure vertical as a whole. Her main responsibilities include developing goto-market strategies that include conducting market research and analysis to better understand the needs of critical infrastructure end users across the globe.

Stewart provides an overview for assessing an organization’s perimeter security with the goal of incorporating modern technology for improved access control.

Good perimeter security requires a layered approach. Conceptually, it is easy to think a facility has a single perimeter that must be secured. Traditionally, securing the perimeter meant deploying a security system that would be triggered when a person or entity touched the fence line. This approach oversimplifies the reality of today’s perimeters as most facilities now have multiple, overlapping perimeters, each with its own rights of access, risk profile, and operational requirements.

As a result, an organization cannot rely exclusively on any one sensor or analytic to detect intrusion. They need to build a layered approach to perimeter security that ensures all is not lost should one method fail. A layered security installation employs a combination of sensor technologies to create more than one active line of defense.

Recent innovations in security technology allow security personnel to redefine perimeter security by giving them the ability to look beyond the fence line and get more specific about what they should be monitoring and how. These innovations make it possible for organizations to detect potential unauthorized intrusions beyond the perimeter by implementing a multi-layered approach that involves a variety of technologies, including heatmaps, intrusion detection sensors like radars, LiDARs, lasers, and fence sensors, as well as video analytics cameras, access control and other standalone systems.

Unifying systems is key. When an organization does not unify its security systems and technologies on a single platform, and instead relies on vendor integration, it can create gaps in information or an incomplete view of the perimeter. To ensure these systems do not work in unconnected silos, it’s important to put a unified approach in place to cross qualify incidents and intrusion alerts.

A unified physical security platform helps connect the dots between the data collected by these different systems to provide the situational awareness necessary to keep facilities and people safe. The Genetec™ Security Center open-architecture platform, for example, enables organizations to unify video surveillance, access control, intrusion, communications, and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems to better protect and manage the perimeter.

Through its RSA (restricted security area) surveillance module, a unified security platform can integrate with a growing array of RSA technology and devices, such as radar and laser-based solutions, to help security teams detect potential threats across wide areas. Automatically tracked on geographical maps, moving targets are intuitively displayed so that security personnel can assess and respond to threats in less time.

By presenting all breach information, threats, and potential intrusions together, a unified system enables operators to make critical decisions quickly. This enables organizations to deploy high-resolution cameras to capture clear, long-range images to complement perimeter

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detection. The system can be configured in such a way that the first line of perimeter detection at the fence prompts alerts that will trigger these cameras to automatically pan-tilt-zoom into target areas for visual identification. The video surveillance footage will then be sent directly to the security monitoring center or the security director’s smart phone for immediate verification and response.

Managing these devices and alarms directly from an integrated mapping system can further help operators quickly pinpoint other nearby cameras to get a broader view of the situation. By combining perimeter detection, highresolution cameras, and location mapping tools within a unified platform, an organization can improve response times and minimize the risk of breaches going undetected.

Identifying potential threats is critical. The early identification of potential threats at the perimeter gives security operators time to prepare a response and take any necessary action. By proactively extending security using LiDAR technology and seismic sensors, security personnel can monitor movements and watch for potential intrusions outside the fence line. But knowing that something is about to breach a secure perimeter doesn’t tell you whether a threat is real or how serious it is. Sensors could be detecting a cat, a person, or a car. The ability to see who or what is approaching a perimeter helps security personnel make the right decisions about threat levels, as well as what actions need to be taken. Assessing an incident at a fence or other restricted area is made easier when security personnel have eyes on the scene. By classifying threats visually and pulling relevant data from multiple systems, security personnel can identify if an intrusion requires immediate action. Using filtering features, security teams can also also filter objects (humans vs. animals, for instance) in different zones to reduce nuisance alarms. Effective video surveillance, using high resolution cameras and infrared, enables security operators to evaluate an incident, determine what is happening, and then identify the actions necessary to respond to the situation.

As part of the assessment process, security personnel can also use ALPR (automated license plate readers) to scan vehicles to help identify an intruder’s threat level. For example, if a plate is on a police hotlist, security teams would know to alert the police and respond with greater caution.

Physical Identity and Access Management Systems (PIAMS) add another layer to the process by connecting access control to business systems, including human resource directories. This interconnectivity allows organizations to automatically assign or remove access to restricted areas based on corporate policies. As employees leave or change roles within an organization, their access to sensitive areas can be adjusted to reflect changes in the HR directory or other linked systems.

The importance of managing all that data. As organizations deploy more and more sensors at the perimeter, they increase the amount of information coming in. This can become overwhelming for security personnel, especially when they must actively monitor all the input from these sensors to identify specific threats. A unified security system that supports greater automation can help. Automated alerts, alongside digitized standard operating procedures (SOPs) that guide personnel stepby-step on how to respond to events, can help ensure possible threats are identified, investigated, and resolved in a timely and consistent manner across different shift patterns and individuals.

In some cases, a potential security threat can be difficult for a person to spot. For example, an operator might not be able to connect the dots between a contractor unexpectedly entering a restricted area and a device going offline. But a unified security system could

easily correlate those events and quickly flag them, automatically alerting the operator to investigate further.

The ability to fuse event data is also important for ensuring perimeter security. Operators must understand events as they occur in order to make informed decisions based on threat levels. A unified security system provides greater situational awareness for operators by fusing together reports and alerts from all modules currently running on the platform. This is critical as it allows an emerging situation to be seen from all parts of the system as a single event rather than a series of separate incidents.

“When it comes to protecting the perimeter, you need to a layered approach that will allow you to extend security beyond the fence line,” says Stewart. “By selecting a unified system that can incorporate a wide variety of new technologies, you can better secure your facilities today and in the future.”

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The Importance of Panic Exits on Outdoor Gate and Fence Environments

A panic exit device is a type of door-opening mechanism that allows users to open a door by pushing a bar, resulting in occupants being able to exit a building safely and quickly in the event of an emergency.

While the codes surrounding the use of panic hardware may seem confusing, the role they play in ensuring life safety and security makes it imperative that they are specified and installed correctly every time. Although many individuals are familiar with panic devices within a school building or commercial space, these solutions are also necessary for exterior gate and fence environments, as well.

“With local swimming pools, tennis courts and parks fully open for the summer season, it’s important that safe emergency exit solutions are considered around the perimeters,” says Matt Welty, vice president, Americas at Codelocks.

“Panic exit devices function differently than a typical door lock, allowing for safe egress and eliminating the need for a key or rotating motion.

These devices are typically installed in the path of travel toward an exit of an area that has a capacity of more than 100 individuals.”

Some requirements need to be taken into consideration when installing panic hardware. Current codes require panic hardware to be mounted between 34-48 inches above the ground. Some codes and standards require panic hardware to safely open with 15 pounds of force, while other codes and standards limit the operable force for hardware to five pounds. Additionally, no extra locking devices (deadlocks, chains, padlocks, etc.) may be installed on a door required to have a panic device.

With exterior installations, it is important to ensure locking solutions are installed that are suitable for different fencing materials. Some companies provide kits that contain all components

required for a straightforward installation. This may include adjustable strike plates, dual backplate installation options, as well as exit device hardware and accessories, leading to a fully versatile solution. This ensures correct solutions are installed that will work when needed in a crisis.

“Codelocks has multiple locking solutions, including the CL500, CL600, CL5200 and CL5500, and are all suitable for installation on four different types of fencing. The panic kits include a two-piece, 24” tall adjustable width panic shield that is pre-drilled exclusively to accommodate a Codelocks exit device, anti-manipulation components, pre-drilled trim box and Codelocks panic trim,” says Welty.

Panic hardware plays a major role in ensuring the safety and security of occupants within not only built environments but on gates and fences too, so regularly revisiting existing codes and staying informed of changes will help the construction team attain and maintain clarity, avoiding confusion.

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IDEA’s Gate Systems Certifications are Expanding

IDEA, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, is launching a new program, the Automated Gate Systems Technician Level 2 self-study certification. Set to begin in August, this certification builds on the Technician Level 1 program and goes into depth with troubleshooting Class 2 and Class 3 installations.

Topics include applications, accessories, emergency override equipment, integration of systems, radio frequency troubleshooting, access control systems and vehicle detection systems.

“The Automated Gate Operator Installer Certification was created in 2008, and the Automated Gate Systems Designer Certification in 2013,” says Tom DeSilvia, IDEA president. “These self-study certifications have been the industry’s leading programs since their inception. In fact, IDEA has issued over 4,500 certifications across the door, gate, and access control industry.”

In 2022, IDEA continued developing gate systems programs by introducing the Automated Gate Systems Technician Level 1 self-study certification program. This certification builds on the Automated Gate Operator Installer course and goes into more depth on troubleshooting gate systems for Class 1 installations. Topics include troubleshooting electrical circuits, system troubleshooting methodology, basic control

training, vehicle detection systems and licensing requirements, just to name a few.

“We are in the process of developing the Automated Gate Systems Technician Level 3 program,” explains DeSilvia. “Once an individual completes the Level 3 program, they will be awarded an Automated Gate Systems Master Technician certification.”

IDEA’s gate programs will continue to provide new certifications as well as maintaining the required continued education data for the three-year renewal cycles.

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Case Study: Intelligent Parking Access

The Challenge

Vehicles entering the parking area would activate a remote opener with a key card from the top of a 200-foot-long ramp, triggering the door at the bottom of the ramp to open. The door operated on a limited timer, however, which posed a problem for residents and condo management. If vehicles were to stop for any reason along the ramp, the door would close, creating traffic congestions due to vehicles being trapped on the ramp without a way to access the garage.

Colorado Garage Door Service was tasked with clearing vehicular congestion while improving safety and security on the condo’s parking garage ramp. They turned to Miller Edge, a leading North American manufacturer of UL 325 recognized safety accessories. “Our product line includes touch sensitive and non-contact devices,” explains Kevin Ward, product manager with Miller Edge. “We were glad to work with Colorado Garage Door Service to solve this problem and keep traffic moving.”

The Solution

“We recommended the MWave intelligent radar sensor,” says Ward.

Designed with doppler radar technology, the MWave sensor was positioned to identify vehicles with a larger detection field at the bottom of the ramp and programmed it to stay activated until vehicles are beyond the field.

“The MWave is equipped with the ability to differentiate between humans and vehicles. It has two

separate relays that can be programmed to only trigger, or activate, with the appropriate traffic. This way a pedestrian doesn’t trigger the door to open. The second relay can be used to unlock or open a pedestrian door, if desired,” says Ward.

The Result

“Efficiency and residential satisfaction are greatly increased,” Ward reports. “This is a critical entry point and it’s great to see traffic flowing smoothly now.”

By installing MWave, Colorado Garage Door Service in cooperation with Miller Edge, was able to provide a flexible and customizable solution for the challenges of their customer’s unique environment.

“MWave was the ideal product for our customer, both on price point and the availability of the adjustable settings,” says John Dunn, president of Colorado Garage Door Service.

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5 Ways to Maximize ROI with GateHawk: Elevating Access Control for Gated Communities



1. Streamlining Operations and Reducing Costs. Operational efficiency is a crucial aspect of ROI. GateHawk’s advanced features, such as smartphone credentials and visitor management, eliminate the need for traditional keys, cards, and fobs. “By leveraging smartphone access, dealers can reduce costs associated with key replacement, card issuance, and fob management, resulting in significant savings,” says Dickensheets.

2. Enhancing Security and Resident Satisfaction. GateHawk’s video intercom system offers a robust security solution while prioritizing resident appeal. “By choosing a solution like GateHawk, dealers can provide residents with convenient and secure smartphone credentials,” explains Dickensheets. “By tying access to individual smartphones, GateHawk eliminates unauthorized key copying and enhances security. This not only provides peace of mind to residents but also boosts their satisfaction, leading to increased tenant retention.”

3. Unlocking New Revenue Streams. In addition to cost savings, Dickensheets says choosing a solution like GateHawk presents new opportunities for revenue generation. By offering cutting-edge video intercom systems, dealers can attract more clients and expand their business, “GateHawk’s reputation for user-friendly, remotely managed access control systems positions dealers as trusted partners in providing modern solutions,” she says. “This reputation opens doors to new projects, driving additional sales and revenue growth.”

4. Future-Proofing with GateHawk. Investing in a solution like GateHawk means embracing a future-proof access control system. As gated communities continue to evolve, Dickensheets says the scalability and adaptability of GateHawk’s products ensure long-term value for dealers. “It’s important to choose an access control product that is committed to innovation and continuous improvement. This way you can confidently offer a solution that meets the ever-changing needs of your residential community, securing your position as an industry leader.”

5. Expert Support and Partnership. GateHawk prides itself on providing unparalleled support to dealers. “From initial onboarding to ongoing training and technical assistance, GateHawk is committed to helping dealers succeed,” stresses Dickensheets. “We offer comprehensive training, marketing materials, and dedicated support to empower dealers to effectively promote and sell access control solutions. We view dealers as partners, and our success is intertwined.”

Choosing a robust video intercom solution paves the way for exceptional ROI, and by streamlining operations, enhancing security and resident satisfaction, unlocking new revenue streams, and future-proofing their offerings, Dickensheets says dealers can position themselves as industry leaders. “GateHawk is committed to empowering dealers to thrive in the ever-changing landscape of residential properties, and we are excited to be part of their success story.”

Learn more about GateHawk at www.gatehawk.com.


Nice Announces Home Management OS 8.8 Software Upgrade for all Nice/ELAN® Control Systems


Nice, a global manufacturer of smart home, security, building automation, and perimeter protection solutions, has released its Nice Home Management OS 8.8 software upgrade aimed to improve overall user experience for Nice/ ELAN Home Management systems.

The announcement follows recent launches of the Nice HR40 Multifunction Smart Home Remote and Nice DC12-IP Smart DC Power Manager, and reinforces the company’s transition of ELAN, SpeakerCraft®, and Panamax® brands into a more powerful whole home solution by the end of 2023.

OS 8.8 introduces a range of key features that revolutionize the way Nice customers interact with their smart homes. New features include the allnew Autonomic Premium Driver, cross-platform Configurator application, a new Media Favorites management workflow with one touch access to content, and upgrades for surveillance, security platforms, and lighting enhancements.

Building on last year’s introduction of the Utilities section and functionality that enables users to manage and monitor their power, air quality, and water usage, including smart water valve control, OS 8.8 extends these capabilities to include smart appliances as well. Overall, the new software offers a more streamlined all-in-one solution that simplifies integration for security, control, entertainment, and more.

“We are thrilled to introduce OS 8.8, which brings a new level of convenience, customization, and control to Nice Home Management systems,” says Jeff Shaw, vice president of product management at Nice North America. “This new software enables us to offer our integrators and their customers a truly personalized and streamlined solution to meet their everyday needs. In prioritizing both functionality and performance, we continue to deliver on our company’s vision of creating a connected future where technology is seamlessly integrated to simplify our lives.”

The all new cross-platform Configurator application runs on Windows PCs and now for the first time, runs on MacOS, allowing installers access from anywhere at any time. An intuitive interface features “What You See Is What You Get” editing with live elements like camera feeds, so installers can refine the end-user experience in real-time. Tight integration with Management Cloud 1.5 allows Over-The-Air (OTA) Version Control so controllers can be updated in minutes, safely and securely whether on site or remote. Management Cloud 1.5 also includes native BlueBOLT device support, including the new DC12-IP, allowing control of Nice power management from the same interface.

OS 8.8 and Management Cloud 1.5 make creating scalable, flexible, and decentralized home automation systems easier than ever. The updated software paired with multi-purpose hardware lays a strong foundation for future features while reducing setup and installation time.

Authorized dealers can see the full list of features and access the new Nice Home Management OS 8.8 software via the Management Cloud.


Electradrop Fail Open: Gate Motor Protection and Emergency Exit

Locinox recently launched Electradrop with Fail Open feature. The electrical drop bolt protects automated gates from wind pressure and has an internal battery set for emergency exit purposes during a power shortage.

The new Electradrop-R is Locinox’s most recent innovation in its gate automation range. This motorized electrical drop bolt is a solution for several challenges of automated gates, such as wind pressure or power failure. The bolt protects a closed gate from external forces affecting the gate motors. The internal battery guarantees a safe exit in case of emergency.

Beneficial features of Electradrop include:

Protection against strong wind. The continuously growing desire for privacy also raises the demand for fully clad gates. These heavier alternatives for traditional barred gates are vulnerable to strong wind forces, moving the wings back and forth uncontrollably. This could damage and reduce the lifetime of the motors, while removing the guarantee of the gate remaining completely closed. The Electradrop’s stainless steel drop bolt with 120 mm throw firmly secured in the ground holds the gate wings in place, disburdens the electric motors and adds another level of protection to the perimeter.

Connection to warning lights. The electrical drop bolt is connected to the warning light of the gate. Once the light starts flashing, the Electradrop is completely lifted in less than three seconds. As soon as the light has stopped, the Electradrop automatically drops in under three seconds. An internal battery set, guaranteed to last at least 10 years, offers a very important emergency exit functionality. In case of power shortage, the long-lasting batteries automatically lift the drop bolt. This assures a free emergency exit for people inside and access for rescue services such as ambulances or the fire department.

Fail Open versus Fail Close. This Fail Open function is a specific solution for collective housing or buildings.

There is also an opposite Fail Close version of the Electradrop which keeps the drop bolt closed during power shortage, specifically used in residential situations.

The Electradrop has a 20 mm diameter, more than 1.000 kg of holding force and more than 40 kg of pulling force. The motorized drop bolt automatically detects obstacles, is vandal proof and supports horizontal installation.

Learn more at www.locinox.com.



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The E-Loop: Revolutionizing Automatic Gate Exits with Wireless Technology

In the realm of automatic gates, traditional exit loops have typically required costly and disruptive groundwork. Now, the game-changing E-Loop from AES Global harnesses the power of wireless technology to simplify the process, reduce costs, and eliminate the need for the typical destructive installation methods associated with wired loops.

“The E-Loop offers a game-changing solution to the challenges of installing an exit loop,” says Raymond Holgate, international sales manger with AES Global. “With its wireless technology and versatile options, it revolutionizes the industry by simplifying installation and reducing costs. Whether your requirements are for a residential or commercial property, there is an E-Loop solution to meet your project needs.”

The E-Loop comes in three different models, each tailored to specific requirements for both commercial and domestic purposes. The Mini, Commercial, and Inground options provide comprehensive solutions for a wide range of exit ways, according to Holgate. “The E-Loop range also offers additional extra features that can be added to further enhance its capabilities, giving you flexibility and customization on every project.”

The E-Loop Mini is designed for residential driveways.

The E-Loop Mini is a compact square unit that easily bolts to the ground surface. It wirelessly connects to the gate operator or motor through a transceiver. With a static load capacity of 2500KG (5500lbs) and high-security 128-bit encryption, the Mini is a robust solution for most domestic vehicles. Its impressive range of 50 meters (160ft) and three-year battery life from standard 1.5V AA batteries make it an ideal choice for securing residential driveways.

The E-Loop Commercial is a larger disc-shaped unit designed for commercial premises. It securely attaches to the driveway surface using two dyna bolts. For added convenience, the Commercial unit can be equipped with Presence Mode, which detects the presence of vehicles and keeps the entrance open until the object is no longer detected. This feature is particularly useful for tight exit ways and larger vehicles. Made from high-impact plastic, the Commercial E-Loop can withstand a static load of 10 tons (10,000 KG) and boasts a remarkable 10-year battery life powered by a 10600-mA battery. Its wide range of 50 meters (160ft) and secure 128-bit encryption ensure reliable and secure operation.

The E-Loop Inground offers effortless integration for high-traffic commercial exits. It is designed to recess into the ground surface with a simple 89mm borehole, leaving it flush with the ground. It features a 14500mA battery with a battery life of up to 10 years. The Inground unit is perfect

for high-traffic commercial exits with heavy vehicles. It shares the same impressive range and security features as the other E-Loop models, and it also includes Presence Mode as a standard feature.

In addition to the E-Loop range, AES Global offers the E-Trans 200 and E-Trans 50 transceivers, which are bi-directional wireless access control systems. The E-Trans 200 is designed for commercial multi-unit complexes, while the E-Trans 50 is a single-channel transceiver suitable for various applications. These transceivers feature easy-to-use menu functions, wide voltage ranges, and low standby power consumption. With their reliability and compatibility, they are excellent additions to any automated gateway setup.

AES Global also offers a range of accessories to enhance the functionality of the E-Loop system:

• The E-Diagnostic Remote simplifies installation and calibration by allowing installers to adjust settings such as the sensor distance, sensitivity, and magnetic field release level.

• The E-Remote serves as a gate opener, offering convenient control over entry and exit devices.

• The E-TX key fob remote control provides a secure and programmable solution for your automated gateway setup.

“The E-Loop is revolutionizing the way exit loops are installed,” says Holgate. “Our wireless technology, customers can enjoy the benefits of a reliable and cost-effective solution without the costly, destructive ground works of installing traditional wired loops.”

Learn more at www.aesglobalus.com.


Winees Announces the First Solar-Powered Security Camera to Be IoXt-Certified

The Winees L1 solar-powered security camera, which uses AiDot’s cloud service, is now the first solar-powered security camera to be IoXt-certified.

Winees, a smart security brand of AiDot, leverages AiDot’s unique edge in data safety, security, and privacy compliance to offer smart and trusted security solutions to all end consumers. All Winees consumers can rest assured that their security and privacy meet the latest IoXt global standard for IoT security. After AiDot’s recent passing of ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 standards for cloud security and privacy protection, this IoXt certification shows AiDot’s continued efforts to protect end-users’ data security and individual privacy, ensuring that all AiDot brands and all “Works with AiDot” partners meet the legal and regulatory requirements of various countries and regions at every level.

The IoXt Alliance, supported by major tech industry players such as Google and Facebook, is at the forefront of addressing the evolving security and privacy demands, as well as product compliance, in the IoT realm.

AiDot’s Winees L1 has undergone a comprehensive evaluation based on the eight IoXt pledge principles, which include timely promotion of software updates and security patches, responsiveness to vulnerability reports, end-of-life policy, the robustness and reputation of AiDot’s cryptography, secure factory reset capabilities, and adherence to secure Wi-Fi protocols.

After meeting these standards, AiDot is proud to receive an IoXt-certified badge for its smart security brand, Winees. The Winees L1 is now the first solar security camera to receive such a high honor on the IoXt platform.

To give consumers greater trust, transparency, and confidence, the company has developed cloud-layered safety and data access control throughout AiDot’s cloud framework, ensuring data confidentiality and data integrity in storage and transit against the

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AiDot also incorporates privacy laws and regulatory requirements into hardware and software design and requires all its brands and shared AiDot partners to follow suit. Audits by industry-renowned third parties, such as ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 compliances, and security assessments jointly conducted by IoXt and the manufacturer provide independent testimonials of AiDot’s security and privacy commitments, as well as those of Winees and all AiDot partners.

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Flexibility and Efficiency Meet Seamless Connectivity in OmniPoint’s Total Property Wireless Access

Say goodbye to the limitations of wired access control systems and welcome the wireless revolution with CellGate’s OmniPoint, an innovative wireless, multi-point access control solution.

OmniPoint is vastly different than most access control systems available, in that it does not require data wires or control panels. This means there is less hardware to purchase, install and connect via data wires on a property, lowering both the overall system hardware and installation cost when compared to a wired access control solution. Because of the ease of installation, this system allows for access control at entry points that can not normally be included in a traditional wired system.

OmniPoint’s system design is very different than traditional wired systems. Because it is a wireless multi-point access control system, it utilizes a hub and spoke methodology.

CellGate is the only technology company with a complete suite of cellular-based security products—encompassing integrated streaming video, access control and camera solutions. CellGate Founder & CEO, Noel Gouldin, conceived the idea for OmniPoint, and then developed it with the CellGate engineering team over two years before its introduction in late 2022. Gouldin believes OmniPoint could be the most revolutionary, groundbreaking product that CellGate has released in its over 15-year history.

“I am proud of the many innovative products CellGate has released throughout its history, from the GC1010 which was the first cellular access control device on the market, to our Watchman line of video telephone entry products that are still the only cellular, multi-family products that can provide streaming video of visitors at the gate,” says Gouldin. “But I believe OmniPoint will have the biggest and most immediate market impact of anything we have ever introduced. This system is truly unique in a couple of key ways, including how the various technologies necessary for it to work were blended seamlessly into a single solution, and that it can be controlled by the same TrueCloud web portal we developed a decade ago, that administrates all of our products. OmniPoint

is truly a reliable and costeffective solution that can keep properties – and people – safe.”

An OmniPoint Gateway is the communications hub that transmits data to CellGate’s TrueCloud portal via Ethernet, or on AT&T or Verizon’s cellular LTE networks. The Gateway also communicates locally with up to 100 entry points via LoRa technology. No long distance data wires are required – the only wiring is for power, and local wires to the card reader and lock. With an installed OmniPoint solution, EPMs (Entry Point Modules) are installed at entry points that require access control; while OPSs (OmniPoint Sensors) can be utilized for entry points that don’t require access control, but instead just need status monitoring. Notifications can be sent in real time via text or email to property managers if an entry point has been accessed, a door has been propped open or if a door is unlocked, amongst other scenarios.

OmniPoint’s unique system design, capabilities and use of LoRa technology means it is an ideal solution for schools, warehouses, shipping yards, multi-family communities, loading docks, regional airports, parking lots, and many other similar

properties that have factors that make a wired access control solution cost prohibitive or simply impossible to install. It can also be expanded as needed, if a new entry point is added to a property. While OmniPoint can work almost anywhere, it can be the most cost-effective and reliable choice when:

• A property has entry points spread out up to a mile

• Line of site is not always available

• Fenced outdoor areas need to be secured

• There are a minimum of 5 to 100 entrances

To learn more about OmniPoint, visit www.cell-gate.com/omnipoint.

Security and Access Control Challenges at an Apartment Community with Attached Parking Garage Access & Outdoor Pool

This property’s previous system had no historical logs, and residents were all set up with the same code so there was no visibility if problems arose. The security issues presented included:

• Class A rated apartments with 250290 residents on a 400 meter by 300 meter property

• Two primary resident buildings, four stories each, with a four-story connected parking garage in between the two buildings

• Line of sight not possible

• Pool in the center of the complex had two entrances that needed access control

• Concrete parking garages made a wired solution difficult to install

The goal was a centralized point of administrative control in order to customize user credentials, and to view historical logs of system use by user. An OmniPoint system solved all of these challenges that other systems could not address effectively.

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Wholesale distributor Encon Electronics has been selling gate operator and access control products since 1984. As a California-based distributor, the company has witnessed a rising trend in the use of solar products, particularly in the last decade. “Our techs are building more solar packages and offering significantly more technical and installation support for solar accessories than just a decade ago,” said Encon President and CEO Jeff Harris. Industry veteran and Encon outside sales technician Lawrence Bourke recently assisted a customer on a notable solar installation in the Napa Valley region of California. He said it was the

third solar project he, personally, has assisted on in the past 18 months.

The Job Details

The gate installation took place at a small, familyowned vineyard located between the valley and the wildlife preserves called Stony Hill Vineyards. The winery sits on steep terraces on the eastern side of the Mayacamas Mountains and consists of 40 acres of vineyards.

The construction company building a house on the property wanted to add an automated gate to the entrance. They designed and specified the

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gate installation and outsourced the job to AM Access Control in Fairfield, Calif.

Jacobson Fence, Inc., based in Santa Rosa, was the general on the job and their technician, Robert Ingham, built the custom 24’ wide by 6’ tall, 940-pound gate. Bourke worked with AM Access engineer Ted Olsen on the automated gate installation. One slide gate operator and several accessories including a cellular unit with video entry functionality, a 24v exit probe, and photo eyes were installed. Although, the essential solar products selected for the job turned out to be the highlight of the installation.

The Solar

Due to the remote location of Stony Hill, the closest power lines were almost two miles away. “Solar power was the only option to automate a gate in this location,” said Bourke.

Fortunately, Encon offers pre-wired solar packages for its customers. After researching the specifications of the job and learning how many cycles the customer anticipated, Bourke was able to determine the calculations. He built an Encon Solar 24/340 package for the Stony Hill project.

“Everything is tested at Encon first. We gather the size and weight of the gate, approximate cycle usage, and try to gather pictures of the site, in advance, whenever possible,” Bourke said.

“We mount the circuit breakers, wire the terminal strip, label everything, and then, provide jumpers for the batteries. The pre-wired solar package is basically a plug and play for the installing dealers,” he added.

Both Bourke and Olsen stressed

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the importance of overestimating cycle usage in solar jobs. “I always overestimate the wattage when determining which solar panels to use for a job,” said Bourke. “Underestimating can lead to customers having to add panels or batteries later.”

Bourke also took into consideration that the Stony Hill project was 100% solar-powered and that additional sources were pulling on the power. Based on these factors, he accounted for additional wattage. Two 190w Sunwise solar panels were chosen for the solar package and four large MK batteries were installed. These are the best batteries on the market for solar installations according to Bourke.

The Challenges

Solar applications can present unique challenges. Weather and specifically, the amount of access to the sun are the most important things to consider when determining whether solar is a viable option. The Stony Hill property is in sunny St. Helena, Calif. so the location was ideal for a completely solar-powered job. However, trees located near the gate site could have posed as potential obstructions for this automated gate installation. Olsen said that they had to trim a few tree branches near the solar panels to ensure maximum sun exposure.

“Excessive shade or even bird droppings can drastically affect the effectiveness of solar panels,” said Harris. “It is critical to make sure that trees are not shading the panels during primary sun hours.”

The Completed Installation Olsen said that the job was completed quickly. “The customer wanted it done in three weeks. It took Jacobson Fence two weeks to build the gate and from the time we signed the contract until the end of the installation was exactly three weeks.”

During the middle of construction, the gate had already opened and closed more than forty times with no issues. “So far, so good,” said Bourke. “We put enough wattage to make sure the gate was going to work.”

In addition to the quality solar,

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Olsen and Bourke had glowing comments regarding the automation. “It came out flawless,” said Olsen. “I was extremely proud of the work Jacobson Fence did, the gate they built, and how they automated the job.”

Bourke agreed saying that from open to close, it was the best-moving, smoothest gate that he had ever seen. “It was a perfect gate installation,” said Bourke. After nearly 40 years in the industry, that is saying a lot.


Encon Electronics is a wholesale supplier of gate operator, access control, and all related accessories located in Northern California. They offer over 70 manufacturers, same day shipping, free technical support, customized training, and more. Visit www.enconelectronics. com or call 800-782-5598 for more information.

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Encon’s Solar Package 24/340 was selected for the Stony Hill installation


Stephen Crane is Envision’s new regional sales manager for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Crane has spent his entire career in the building materials industry, including sales roles for Acme Brick and fiber cement manufacturer Nichiha, working with both architects and general contractors on the front end of commercial projects and providing selling and jobsite assistance to subcontractors on the back end. “Stephen has worked on both the manufacturer and distributor sides of the aisle,” says Kyle Warwick, director of sales for Envision Outdoor Living Products. “His dual understanding of these perspectives will serve the company and our customers well as we continue to grow in this important South Central market.”

Shane Palmateer, the new business development manager for the Carolinas and southern Virginia, joins Envision following six years in sales for the alcohol beverage industry with extensive experience in pull-through sales. “Shane has an intimate familiarity with the two-step sales industry in both business strategy and customerfacing positions,” says Warwick. “We know his tenacity and passion for growing brands through education will make him a valuable member of our team.”

Joe Stubler will serve as regional sales manager for Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. His 30 years of experience in buildings products manufacturing and distribution includes serving as regional business manager and territory sales manager at Boral Building Products, general manager at Hines Supply, and various positions over 21 years at Alexander Lumber Co. “With three decades in the business, Joe has a clear perspective of the obstacles our customers face at all stages of the channel—and how we as a manufacturer can solve them,” says Warwick. “Adaptable and adept at building relationships, Joe will be a tremendous asset and resource for our customers as they create beautiful and innovative outdoor spaces.”

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Your Rhino® Pro-Series™ Gas Powered Driver is an efficient and effective power tool designed and developed to tackle a difficult and time consuming task; driving posts. The extended handle accessory is intended to make driving tall posts easier.

The installation of extended handles on your Rhino Ranch Pro, Fence Pro Multi-Pro, or Multi-Pro XA Gas Post Driver, will allow one individual to install tall posts (up to 10'), safely and efficiently. Typical applications are wildlife, security and crowd control fencing or sites unable to accommodate large equipment.

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Ron DeMedio


Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone, but when it fits, it’s a perfect match. Ron DeMedio, co-owner of International Gate Devices, shares his passion for running his business and how perfectionism is the enemy of getting things done.

International Gate Devices, located in Folsom, Pennsylvania, is a single source supplier for bolt on and weld on track systems for cantilever slide gates. Their field-experienced personnel provide technical support before, during and after installation.


I knew I wanted to control my own destiny. When working as an entrepreneur, you’re likely to be more motivated than someone who doesn’t have a career path in place. You are more productive because your vision stretches beyond the task or project at hand.


We started International Gate Devices in 1981, about 43 years ago, with the idea of “the better mouse trap” for cantilever gates systems.


The main qualities that have helped me in the fence industry, and can be applied to any entrepreneurial business owner, are the willingness to take the risk and have a good work ethic.

Owning your own business is not a 40-hour-per-week job. It is a 24/7 commitment to your future.


One of the main advantages of using a cantilever gate system is that it’s simple to automate. The ease of automation of this style of gate is because no part of the gate meets the ground. They are also very easy to install and to level perfectly. Less space is needed for a cantilever gate versus a swing gate.


Perfection is the greatest obstacle to productivity. Perfection has no place in the world of entrepreneurship. You must weigh the opportunity cost of letting perfectionism slow you down. If you won’t send something until it is perfect, you’re not pulling the trigger quickly enough.

Mark Cuban, businessman, investor, philanthropist and part of the TV show Shark Tank, said it best, “Perfectionism is the enemy of profitability.”


I enjoy the independence of working at my own company. Your job shouldn’t just be a source of income. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you’ll end up missing out on life. There’s nothing worse than getting up every day and hate going to work. I love Monday morning; that’s when things start to happen.

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CLFMI Les Grube Memorial Design Award Now Accepting Applications

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) is now accepting applications for its 2023-2024 Les Grube Memorial Design Award contest. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023.

The award includes a uniquely-designed plaque and cash awards of $2,500 to the designing architect and $1,000 to the installing contractor and is given for the project which makes the best and most unique use of chain link fence materials.

The nominated project must:

1. Employ an innovative use of chain link fence materials (fabric, framework, and/ or gates) on a commercial or industrial project.

2. Be conceived by a professional architectural or engineering firm.

3. Be installed by a professional fence contractor.

To apply, visit www.chainlinkinfo.org and complete the online application. For more information, contact Mark Levin at (301) 596-2583 or email info@chainlinkinfo.org.

CLFMI Welcomes New Members

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute welcomes two new members: Pine Creek Chainlink and Fence Brokers.

Located in Bremen, Indiana, Pink Creek Chainlink produces GBW and extruded black vinyl chain link fabric. They also supply an extensive line of other chain link products. Their company owners, Josie and Lyndon Burkholder, will be the company’s CLFMI representatives. For more information, email them at josie@pinecreekchainlink.com.

Fence Brokers has been in business for more than 40 years as a wholesale fence distributor, specializing in chain link products. Located in Bryant, Arkansas, the company’s services include weaving galvanized, extruded, extruded bonded, and fusion bonded chain link fabric. Chris Walker, president, will be the company’s CLFMI representative. For more information, email cwalker@fencebrokers.com.

The 2021-2022 winner was Buster Simpson’s Pearsall Park Wickiup Encampment Project in San Antonio, TX.
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Business and Operations Training

Offered by NAFCA

An opportunity in business and operations training will be offered by the North American Fence Contractors Association as part of the Arlington Service Project October 18 – 20 in Arlington, Virginia.

ArcSite will present “The Fence Business Playbook: Growth Hacks and Data-Driven Marketing Tips.” Benji McKinney from Cleverfox Online will present “Score with your Website and Marketing

Presence”. Joe Everest with The Fence Expert on YouTube will lead a roundtable discussion as part of his show.

NAFCA’s annual business meeting will also take place during this event. All members are encouraged to attend.

To learn more and to register, visit www.4nafca.com.


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American Fence Association Welcomes New Director of Government Relations and Industry Standards

Catherine Mills-Reynolds has joined the American Fence Association as director of government relations and industry standards. Mills-Reynolds had previously served on the AFA board of directors since 2020 and chaired the government relations and industry standards committee.

She has worked at her family’s business, Mills Fence Company, for the past 14 years as the director of development, which included initiating new workforce development programs. Prior to her work at Mills Fence Company, she held various public policy and government relations positions at the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and within public and private organizations. Mills-Reynolds holds a master’s degree in public policy from The Ohio State University and received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Cincinnati.

“On behalf of AFA’s leadership, I could not be more excited to announce Catherine and her new government relations responsibilities,” says AFA President Bobby Batchelor. “Catherine knows our business and has the training and experience to advance our industry’s safety standards. Her government relations work on behalf of our members will be a benefit to the entire industry.”

Mills-Reynolds adds, “Having grown up in the family business, I’ve seen the struggles and successes that come with starting a fence company, diversifying that company, and then growing it into what is now the largest fence company in the Greater Cincinnati area. Many of the issues our member companies face are the same ones we have dealt with at Mills Fence Company. I’m excited to advocate on behalf of our membership and help ensure we are operating under the highest industry standards. I am extremely proud to be in our industry and looking forward to working together as we chart the path for AFA’s exciting future.”

To reach Mills-Reynolds, email her at catherine@americanfenceassociation.com.

American Fence Association Launches Member Portal

A portal is now available for members of the American Fence Association to manage membership, join a local chapter or special interest group, register for events and apply for a certification.

First time visitors will need to reset their password to access the portal. AFA has plans to expand and improve platforms and benefits to continue to provide exceptional value to members.

For more information, visit www.americanfenceassociation.com.

Great Win for Fencing Announced by AFA in Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1383, Specialty Contractors, into law in June. The signing of this legislation was a celebration for the AFA and AFA Florida members, who would have had major business disruptions and lost potential fence installation jobs if not adopted. The AFA Florida chapter and AFA Executive Director Michael Reed have spent months working with state officials and the Florida Home Builders Association to develop a winning solution that is now provided in the new law.

HB 1383 remedies the problems created by a previous piece of legislation that was created in 2021. The 2021 law preempted occupational licensing to the state, which essentially would have forced many member contractor companies to apply for costly, and sometimes even prohibitive, state licensing to be able to do any fence installations.

It also resulted in other unintended consequences, such as the denial of permits for some. It was reported that some local building code officials were not allowing unlicensed professionals to pull permits for work that was not defined under the state’s scope of contracting. Many member companies would have lost revenue and future projects over these issues.

The new legislation allows counties that would have been affected by this change to continue issuing their own local licensing for fence contractors, which allows fence professionals to continue with their work of installing fence in the state of Florida. AFA Florida Chapter President Zach Peyton says, “HB 1383 fixed potentially catastrophic issues for the fence industry in Florida. The FHBA and AFA really stepped up to support Florida’s fence contractors by influencing the legislative process towards this positive outcome. Now we can get back to work installing beautiful and safe fencing for Floridians throughout the state.”

New York State Not Following Building Code for Pool Latches

The New York/Long Island Chapter of the American Fence Association, under the leadership of Chapter President Mike DeLorenzo, and some of the industry’s foremost technical experts from top manufacturers, along with a group of New York’s leading contractors, have been actively working with AFA Director of Government Relations and Industry Standards Catherine Mills-Reynolds, to solve a significant issue in the New York State building code regarding pool latches.

Presently, the New York State building code does not follow ASTM standards when it comes to the installation of pool latches. The group is working together to help ensure that building inspectors in the state of New York are referencing the highest safety standards when assessing these gates in the field.

New York contractors who have been impacted by this latch issue are asked to contact Mills-Reynolds by email: catherine@americanfenceassocation.com.


SKIDRIL, the originator of the gas powered post driver, introduces the G2XD high power at a great price!


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Oprah’s Got Nothing on Me

I’m old enough to remember when Time magazine was a major source of information for many Americans. Even though it was a weekly magazine, Time rose to prominence in an era when there was no social media, no internet, and no 24/7 television news cycle. I subscribed to it for more than 20 years, until it became just a thin version of its former self, slowly fading into oblivion like so many other periodicals. But even toward the end, I still looked forward to its “special issues” when it selected its Man (later Person) of the Year, or when it profiled its “World Most Admired People,”“World’s Most Influential People,” etc.

For years, it seemed as though there was one person – and only one person – who appeared in all of those “most” magazines – Oprah Winfrey. I could never figure out why. After all, Oprah’s not a world leader, or a renowned scientist, she is a talk show host! Why would that make her admired or influential? Of course, giving cars away to your audience doesn’t hurt your ability to be liked and admired.

“Recently, I was at an airport news stand and was stunned to see that Time magazine was still publishing its “Most Admired” list – and Oprah is still on it!! She still isn’t a world leader, she’s still a talk show host. What gives?

Then it hit me. One of the reasons that she’s so esteemed is that, if you really analyze it, Oprah never really had a talk show - she had (has) a listening show.

Watch her on her show, then compare her to other talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel, or even previous late-night hosts like David Letterman or Jay Leno. Note that the guests on those other shows always sit on a chair off to the side while the host sits center stage behind a raised desk. There’s no

question about where the power is on those sets. And watch those other hosts do their interviews; they tend to lean forward, waiting for their guest to pause so they, the host, can get a joke or funny line in.

Then watch Oprah. Her guests are on a couch, literally inches away from Oprah. She gets eye to eye with them, and then she uses one of her most powerful secrets to success. Frequently, after her guest has made a comment, Oprah will begin her comment with something like “Well, you said….;” and then she uses her guest’s exact words before she starts to give her opinion. Whether she agrees with what the guest said or not, when someone hears you use their exact own words back to them, the only conclusion they can draw is – she must have been listening!

The audience draws the same conclusion. And that’s what people value, what they treasure: the feeling that what they say to you is important enough that you really listen to them. It’s a simple technique, and you don’t need to use it every time you want to say something, but if you want to build some real trust and effective communication in your workplace, or your home, for that matter, then build a reputation as someone who listens – to everyone.

If you are in the fence business, then you are in the sales business. It is so easy to get caught up in trying to convince customers to buy your product, or your services, that you barely let the customer finish saying something before you try to dazzle him or her with all the things your product does.

Sure, you believe in your product, your service, or your company, but that’s not what the customer wants. They said they want to

buy a fence, but what they want is a solution to a problem. You cannot solve a customer’s problem unless you first listen to their problem. And that’s where Oprah excels. She doesn’t just listen to her guests, she gets them to believe she listened to them, by using their own words in response. Think about that the next time you are telling a customer what they can expect if they do business with you.

Bust out of your communication ruts by moving to that next level of effective listening. The response you get from others will amaze you.

As executive vice president of Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute for 38+ years, Mark Levin is also an author and avid promoter of the fence industry. He believes in the successful leadership qualities he promotes, including listening, delegating, consensus building, communications and effective decision-making.

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Pete: Well, you know, there was a pandemic. And there was all dat free money and free programs you could apply for, so we decided to go on vacation.

Jake: Yeah, we deserved a vacation. All Boss Man wanted us to do was work for our money.


Pete: We ran outta money.

Jake: We didn’t have much jingle in our jeans, ya know? The free money ran out and really messed up our vacation.


Pete: All kinds of places. My parents used to move a lot when I was a kid, but it was a good thing I was always able to find them. Yeah, my parents moved every time the rent came due. We’d get lots of phone calls at our house. I thought my daddy was the most popular guy in town since everyone was looking for him. Turns out, I think those guys just wanted their rent money.


Pete: It was a family business. My dad and grandpa built fences. They had two companies: Built Rite and Built Wrong. Once you get that galvanize in your blood, you’re hooked, ya know?

Jake: I was just standing around one day and Boss Man came up to me and asked if I wanted a job. I told him, “I don’t know. Doin’ what?” He said, “Digging holes.” I figured I’m real good at that; I dig them all the time but somehow I’m always able to get out of them. Boss Man said he’d get me a PHD. Turns out, instead of a diploma, he handed me a post hole digger.


Pete: Mostly a pile of IOUs.

Jake: Yeah, people won’t leave us alone, sayin’ we need to pay back, something about a promissory note. I’m sorry they promised, too, but that’s nothin’ I’m gonna worry ‘bout.

Pete: Maybe they’re sorry about their prom. Who knows. They just need to quit callin’ us.


Pete: His luck ran out.

Jake: Yeah, he finally had an unlucky day. Pete says that Lucky is busy digging holes in the great beyond, but I saw him and I think he is dead.


Pete: Yeah, his name is Picket.

Jake: We don’t know if he’s a huntin’ dog or a watch dog. He hunts something to eat, then watches it run away again. Not very useful, that Picket. He needs to be more like Pete and me, hard workin’ up to about 10 a.m. every day.


Pete: Well, we’re tired after working all morning. We need a nap and some relaxation time, ya know?

Jake: Yeah, we can’t seem to make Boss Man understand we need to take it easy. A little work, and a lotta play. That’s what keeps us so good lookin’.



Pete: Turns out, Boss Man moved from Texas to Louisiana, chasing hurricane work. Those people get hurricanes like some people get sunshine, ya know?

Jake: Boss Man told me he was never leaving Louisiana. He loves that Cajun food. You won’t believe what they eat down there. If it moves, they eat it. Turtle sauce piquante, crawfish etouffee, shrimp creole, shrimp and crab gumbo. Man, those people even eat alligator. All that seasoning and flavor in everything, he’s got it good now.


Pete: Pretty good. He thinks we need to work all day, though. Can you believe? Me and Jake ain’t never worked a full day, ever. Guess that may be why we keep gettin’ run off of jobs.

Jake: One time, Boss Man told us to get to work or we’d be working on the pearly gates sooner than we expected. So, we decided we’d just keep working for him ‘cause we ain’t ready for the pearly gates just yet.

The Pete and Jake cartoon was originally established in1983 by World Fence News. The owners, Rodger and Barbara Duke, say that Pete and Jake appeared in every monthly issue, 443 issues, and has given many in the fence industry years of laughs. Rodger started with IFIA (now AFA) and saw the need for a quality fence trade publication, thus World Fence News.

Fence News USA commits to continuing World Fence News’ hard work, professionalism, and many more Pete and Jake cartoons. Thanks to Rodger and Barbara Duke for allowing Pete and Jake to continue their career in the fence industry.

By acquiring the rights to Pete and Jake, they cannot be reproduced or used without permission of Fence News USA.

United Site Services Appoints Jason Nordin as Chief Operating Officer

United Site Services (USS), the leading provider of temporary site services in the United States, recently announced the appointment of Jason Nordin as its new chief operating officer.

Nordin joins USS after over a decade at Pilot Company, one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of 670 travel centers in North America. Most recently, he served as COO, where he oversaw all business operations for the company’s travel centers and quick-serve restaurants. In this role, he drove adoption of systems and processes to effectively deliver a superior customer experience through a dispersed labor-based model.

In his new role as chief operating officer at USS, Nordin will be responsible for overseeing all the company’s operations across

approximately 150 branches, continuing the implementation of operational best practices to drive efficiency and improvements in delivery of service.

“We are pleased to welcome Jason Nordin ,” says Asterios Satrazemis, CEO of USS. “His background leading distributed businesses across the United States is well suited to guide our organization’s strategic operational focus. I am confident that under Jason’s leadership, USS will continue to deliver outstanding services to our customers and achieve new levels of operational efficiency.”

USS offers a full range of temporary solutions including temporary fence, portable restrooms, hand hygiene solutions, trailer solutions, roll off dumpsters and more. For over 20 years, USS has helped keep environments safe and clean for construction workers, emergency responders, live event attendees and more. With coast-to-coast coverage, the largest inventory of equipment plus industry-leading safety and service standards, USS has an unmatched ability to meet the unique needs of any environment - no matter the scale.

Learn more at www.unitedsiteservices.com.

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Directional Services, Inc. (DSI), located in Hope Mills, North Carolina and one of the nation’s fastest growing renewable energy contractors and rated the number one utility-scale solar electrical company, has acquired Fortress Fencing, a national leader in solar and commercial fencing solutions located in Carrboro, North Carolina. The acquisition is a strategic component of DSI’s turn-key services supporting the energy industry’s transformation to cleaner sources of energy.

“The acquisition of Fortress represents another significant step in our mission to be the leading renewable energy solutions provider in the nation, complementing the continued expansion of our utility-scale solar, electrical and renewable energy capabilities,” says Jeff Bagshaw, DSI’s chief executive officer. “Perimeter security is essential to protecting facility assets and the integrity of our customers’ ongoing operations.”

Founded in 2001, Fortress Fencing has grown from a two-person company to one of the largest solar and commercial fencing companies in the country. Fortress offers a broad range of fencing solutions that provides unparalleled safety and security for power, commercial, and industrial facilities. Known for superior workmanship and impeccable safety, Fortress brings a highly skilled team who understand the explicit requirements for secure perimeter fencing to support utility-scale solar and renewable energy production.

“Over the past 21 years, Fortress has built a strong national reputation as a leader in security fencing solutions for the renewable industry,” says Jason Truesdale, founder and president of Fortress. “Our new partnership with DSI will provide resources and business scalability solutions that will position our company to support the rapidly growing needs of our clients nationally.”

Fortress Fencing will continue to operate under the current leadership as a wholly owned subsidiary of DSI. DSI will integrate fencing as part of the company’s end-to-end portfolio of renewable energy infrastructure, and utility-scale solar solutions.

“We are proud to welcome Fortress to the DSI family,” adds Bagshaw. “We have a shared vision and commitment to support the growth and development of the nation’s power grid utilizing cleaner renewable energy sources.”

Learn more about DSI at www.directionalservices.net and about Fortress Fencing at www.fortressfencingnc.com.

Key-Link Fencing & Railing Receives Certification

Pennsylvania-based Key-Link Fencing & Railing, a leading manufacturer of aluminum rail and fence systems for residential and commercial installation, announces they have received PCI 4000 certification, marking their first year of certified status.

The PCI 4000 Certification Program, administered by The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), is an extensive audit program that evaluates an OEM’s coating-related business practices, process elements, equipment, maintenance practices and quality control capabilities. Certified OEM’s show, through demonstrated audit performance measurement, that they have the capabilities to correctly clean, coat, and cure products to produce quality coated parts.

In order to achieve PCI certified status, annual audit procedures are required. The certification cycle consists of an intensive on-site audit, followed by two years of maintenance audits which require documentation that ensures processes and procedures evaluated during the on-site audit have been sustained to the level required for PCI 4000 certification. In year four, the intensive on-site audit is repeated.

“Process measurement and repeatability are key to giving customers confidence that a certified finishing operation has the processes in place to do the job well,” notes Kevin Coursin, PCI’s executive director. “By successfully completing the certification process, Key-Link demonstrates that it understands powder coating is a high-performance painting process that must be maintained and controlled to optimize the performance of the finish.”

According to Javan Lapp, Key-Link’s chief executive officer, “Achieving PCI certification illustrates our commitment to quality. To be recognized by a third party shows that we have the equipment and procedures in place that enable us to produce the quality coated products that meet our customers’ expectations.”

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Empower Brands, multi-brand franchisor of premium commercial and residential services, has announced its new joint venture with Canopy Lawn Care. Canopy marks Empower Brands’ fourth new brand under its umbrella in 2023, following the additions of Koala Insulation, Wallaby Windows and Bumble Roofing.

“When we began conversations with Canopy a few months back, I knew they would be a great fit for our portfolio and organization,” says Scott Zide, chief executive officer of Empower Brands. “The brands’ mission is to leave people and properties better than they found them, and they live by a service-first code of values. Now, we have the privilege of partnering with an already great brand and proven business model that we can expand nationally via a franchise system.”

Canopy Lawn Care was founded in 2016 as an answer to the need for an innovative approach to smarter lawn care. Its services span from weed control and fertilization to lawn aeration to fungal protection and more. Through this partnership, Empower Brands will seamlessly incorporate Canopy Lawn Care’s premium services and innovative business model into its incubation function that launches new franchise brands. This will provide Canopy with the necessary tools, resources, and support it needs to establish a successful

franchise framework. In turn, Empower will expand its services with a new market segment and build an established brand into a thriving franchise opportunity.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Empower Brands and combining our shared vision for business growth and entrepreneurial success,” says Canopy Lawn Care founder Hunt Davis. “Canopy Lawn Care has always been committed to delivering exceptional service and innovation in the lawn care industry. By teaming up with Empower Brands, we can extend our reach and impact by providing aspiring franchisees with a proven business model, comprehensive training and support system and the tools they need to thrive.”

The strategic partnership between Empower Brands and Canopy Lawn Care is a testament to their commitment to innovation, growth, and the success of their franchisees. Both brands are ready to hit the ground running and are actively seeking out potential owners.

To learn more about franchising with Empower Brands, visit www.EmpowerFranchising.com.

Empower Brands Announces Joint Venture with Canopy Lawn Care NAFCA Creates New Membership Level

North American Fence Contractors Association announces a newly created membership level: Member Emeritus.

“At only $250 per year, membership with NAFCA is attainable for even the smallest and growing businesses,” explains Clint Iams, NAFCA executive director. “However, we have many supporters of NAFCA who are no longer running a business of their own but want to offer their support for the benefit of the fencing industry.”

NAFCA now offers the membership category of member emeritus. The $100 membership allows those who were part of the fencing industry and/or NAFCA and who perhaps have retired or no longer maintain a business, to still be part of the fence association.

“When considering offering this membership option to the fence industry, many of our Fence Training School instructors would think of Fred Venette,” says Iams. “Fred worked tirelessly to improve the industry and elevate the standard. He was a key member of NAFCA’s first Fence Training School over 10 years ago. Fred would have appreciated the opportunity to support the industry he loved in a manner such as this.”

For more information, visit www.4nafca.com.

American Fence Association Announces the Passing of Todd Thomas

Todd Thomas, former staff member with the American Fence Association, passed away in June, 2023. Todd was instrumental in advancing AFA’s certification initiatives and believed passionately in lifting up others through professional development. Throughout his career, Todd positively impacted the lives of countless industry professionals. His quick wit, easy laugh, and engaging stories made him a friend to everyone he met. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in Ohio.




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Effective time management and organization skills are crucial for achieving productivity, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment, professionals who can efficiently manage their time and stay organized are more likely to succeed. Here are some of the top recommendations for improving your organizational and time management habits.

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Plan and Schedule.

Create a schedule or daily planner to prioritize time for specific tasks and activities. Consider using time-blocking techniques, where you designate specific time slots for different types of work. This structured approach helps you stay organized, prevents procrastination, and enables you to allocate time effectively.

Avoid Multitasking.

Multitasking might seem efficient, but it often leads to decreased productivity and increased errors. Instead, practice single tasking by focusing on one task at a time until completion. Give your full attention to each task, and you’ll find that you accomplish more in less time while maintaining a higher level of quality.

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Recognize when you can delegate tasks to colleagues or team members. Effective delegation frees up your time for higher-value activities and allows others to develop new skills. Effective collaboration enhances productivity.

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Put time aside at the end of each day or week to review your progress, assess what worked well, and identify areas for improvement. Reflecting on your time management and organization strategies enables you to refine your approach, learn from past experiences, and continually enhance your productivity.

Mastering time management and organizing skills is a continuous process that requires discipline and practice. Start small and stay committed to making these positive changes and you’ll soon benefit from the results.


Chain Link Fence Installation 101

I get the calls every week of a new company getting started and asking the “how to” questions. All of us seasoned fence installers take for granted that we know the “how to”, but we started at the 101 level in the beginning as well. The following content is being provided as an entry level overview for new installers to get familiar with basic procedures for installation a chain link fence. This is not a complete overview or high-level guide. Installing a chain link fence can be a practical and cost-effective solution for securing property. Whether you’re looking to protect a backyard, enclose a dog run, or define boundaries, chain link fences are durable and relatively easy to install. In this introduction to chain link fence installation, we’ll discuss the basic steps involved in setting up a chain link fence with concrete footings. The following is a quick entry-level overview to help understand the process for a layout, marking, digging, setting, framing, stretching, and finishing off with gates and final walk through.

1. Planning and Preparation: Before beginning the installation process, call 811 before digging to ensure all underground utilities are marked. After that, it’s crucial to plan the fence layout and determine the exact location where the fence will be installed. Measure the area accurately and ensure compliance with local zoning regulations and property boundaries. Gathering the necessary tools and materials is an important task at this point.

2. Marking the Fence Line: Use stakes and/or strings to mark the fence line, ensuring it follows the desired path. Some professionals can mark lines without strings, known as back setting and this is a preferred method as you develop your skillset.

3. Digging Post Holes: Start by digging post holes along the marked fence line, at regular intervals. The depth and diameter of the holes will depend on the height and strength of your fence. Refer to following for proper diameter and depth of holes per ASTM Standards

Chain Link Fence

• Diameter - Four times the post diameter for post 4” and under, and 3 times the post diameter for larger posts

• Depth – minimum of 24” plus 3” for each 1’ of fence height over 4’

• Footings should extend at least 6” below frost line or bell bottom of holes

4. Installing Fence Posts: Place the fence posts into the prepared holes and ensure they are level and plumb. A common practice is to grade the post height as the concrete is being placed in the holes. This will eliminate having to cut the post to height prior to installation of rail and fabric. Fill

the holes with concrete mix, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the concrete to cure and harden.

5. Attaching Necessary Fittings: Installing the brace bands, rail ends, tension bands, loop tops, top rail and tension wire at bottom is required at this point of construction. After the concrete has been set and allowed cure time, attach the necessary fittings and framework to each termination point.

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6. Installing Chain Link Fabric: There are a few methods for installing chain link fabric along the fence line including, unrolling on the ground or by bouncing the roll out along the fence line while maintain the fabric in a stand-up position leaning against the line post and top rail. The common method for stretching the fabric is using a come-along and a stretcher bar for long runs. Smaller stretches will be done by panel pullers or specialty tools for short stretches. The fabric will be attached at each termination point with tension bands, tension bars and proper carriage bolts. The fabric will be attached to the line post and top rail with tie wire that is equally spaced. Fabric will be attached to the tension wire with hog rings that are equally spaced. Refer to following for proper tie wire and hog ring spacing per ASTM Standards

Chain Link Fence Tie Wire and Hog Ring Spacing

• Fasten fabric to line post at intervals not to exceed 15”

• Fasten fabric to top rail at intervals not to exceed 24” starting @6” either side of line post loop tops

• Fasten fabric to tension wire with hog rings at intervals not to exceed 24” between line post

7. Installing Gates: If your fence includes gates, install them according to the industry standards and/or manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure the gate frames are level and secure, and attach the necessary gate hardware, such as hinges and latches.

8. Finishing Touches: Once the fence and gates are securely installed, inspect the entire structure for any loose connections or areas that may need additional reinforcement. Make any necessary adjustments and ensure all components are properly fastened.

Remember, this is just a general overview of chain link fence installation using the basics. It’s essential to refer to specific installation instructions as provided by ASTM and industry best practices for your fence materials. Additionally, local building codes and regulations may vary, so it’s important to consult with local authorities as needed. With proper planning and care, you can successfully install a chain link fence to enhance the security and aesthetics of our customers property.

A complete and more detailed Chain Link Fence 101 Installation Guide is available from Thornton Fence Consulting Group, by emailing info@fenceconsultinggroup.com and making a request.

Tony Thornton is a 45+ year veteran of the fence industry and is a subject matter expert in all areas of fence and gate automation. His passion is to elevate and promote the fence industry in a professional manner and provides consulting services to support fence industry owners in understanding how to implement effective procedures into their operation and maximize their profitability.

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Chain Link Fence Installation 101

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Empower Brands Announces Joint Venture with Canopy Lawn Care NAFCA Creates New Membership Level

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Key-Link Fencing & Railing Receives Certification

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United Site Services Appoints Jason Nordin as Chief Operating Officer

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Nice Announces Home Management OS 8.8 Software Upgrade for all Nice/ELAN® Control Systems

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5 Ways to Maximize ROI with GateHawk: Elevating Access Control for Gated Communities

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Case Study: Intelligent Parking Access

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IDEA’s Gate Systems Certifications are Expanding

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The Importance of Panic Exits on Outdoor Gate and Fence Environments

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Redefining Perimeter Security with Unified Solutions and Emerging Technologies

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All-O-Matic Unveils New Column Mount Swing Gate Operator and Enhanced Control Board

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LiftMaster® Introduces myQ Mobile Credentials Providing Keyless Entry and Enhanced Access Security

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Global GRAB Technologies to Deliver Grab 300 Vehicle Barrier Systems to a Major North American International Airport

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Enhance Security and Access Control with Dortronics Industrial Magnetic Locks

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Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software Teams with MOSO Bamboo

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A Prime, Seamless Shopping Experience

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Trex Celebrates Eight Top TrexPro Contractors with Stellar Service Awards

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