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April 2017

interactive website makes it easy for all ASTM members to
provide input at any time ensuring the development/revision
process is efficient and basically never stops.

CLFMI

Commercial/Industrial
Similar trends here. There has been an increase in the
commercial/industrial sales by about 20 percent when compared
to the same period last year. Manufacturers are seeing significant
increases on the West Coast, the Midwest and the East Coast.

The Summer CLFMI meeting is scheduled for July 12-14 in
Lake Tahoe. CLFMI recently updated their Product Manual and
Master Format Chain Link Specification 32 31 13 to reflect a
recent ASTM F1043 framework update.

High Security
The high security product line is booming. Across the entire
United States, it's up approximately 48 percent. This is being
driven by high-security critical infrastructure projects in the
Northeast and on the West Coast.

STEEL & ALUMINUM, ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENTAL

Overall, it's been a robust start to the year. Some of that can
be attributed to the steel price increases earlier in 2017. That
accelerated the buying on behalf of distributors. Continued
growth in Q2 is expected. Steel pricing appears to have stabilized
across these product lines. The year should finish strong as some
infrastructure projects come on line in the second half of the
year. Consumer confidence is still at an all-time high, which
leads to a strong residential sector.

Wire and Rod
Most steel rod mills increased their price on low-carbon
steel rod (the stuff we use to make chain link fence) by
8 percent for the month of April. Reasons for the increase
were: increases in the price of scrap steel, increase in price
of imports, and a strong economy that has filled production
through May. Rod mills have announced "no change
in price" for the month of May although scrap steel is
expected to drop by at least 5 percent during that month.
Most chain link fence manufacturers announced price increase
of 5-10 percent on their product (chain link) during the
beginning or middle of April. Reasons for the increase were:
increases in steel rod and strand wire, transportation increases
due to the tight trucking market, increases in PVC, and the
continued high price of zinc.
Pipe and Tube
Overall pipe and tube sales for the year are up about 21 percent;
most of that growth is coming from the Midwest and the
Western section of United States.
Residential Ornamental Iron
There has been a 13 percent (approximately) uptick
in residential ornamental iron. Again, the Western
United States seems to have accelerated those numbers
the most, as well as the Eastern seaboard.

PVC
Costs continue to rise and extruders are now implementing
price increases into the market. It was an early start to the
season due to the mild winter and early spring in many
regions. With wood prices increasing, PVC continues
to look more and more favorable to consumers.

VMA
Everything is status quo with the VMA.

WOOD
Western Red Cedar
Domestic Supply: The Inland portion of the Pacific Northwest
is still going through "winter breakup." The snow is melting in
the mountains and temporarily stopping log deliveries, leaving
sawmills without logs to run overtime shifts until break up is
completed. The exceptionally wet winter has created a stoppage
in logging that will be at least 30 days longer than last year.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - May/June 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencelines
Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Safety First
Minding Your Business
Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
Safety
Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
CLFMI
The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
New Members
The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
Calendar
FenceSense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover1
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 14
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 16
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 18
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Fencelines
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 21
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 23
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 24
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 25
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 26
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety First
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 28
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 29
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 30
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 32
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 33
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 35
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 36
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 40
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 41
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 42
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 44
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 46
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 48
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 50
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 52
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - FenceSense
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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