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40 • APRIL 2015 • WORLD FENCE NEWS NAFCA Fence Training School students and instructors continue work in Sebring, Florida The North American Fence Con- tractors Association (NAFCA) Fence Training School returned to Sebring, Fla. February 9 – 11, hosting 16 stu- dents (14 men and 2 women). They came from eight states, as well as Mexico and Canada, to im- prove their fencing skills and learn tricks of the trade from NAFCA's 10 instructors. NAFCA was welcomed back by the City of Sebring to continue refur- bishing various properties. A large municipal golf course and recreational area with ball fields and wildlife was a pleasant atmosphere for students to learn more about various types of fence construction. This area is conducive to the NAFCA Field Training School's pur- pose of teaching its members while providing for the city's need for var- ious types and styles of fencing, the organization noted. Mart Prost, the school director, lined everything up to expose the crews to many kinds of fence mate- rials and techniques, all resulting in finished projects. William (Bill) McCoy, from Lift- Master, donated a solar powered swing gate operator. McCoy instructed the students on the proper installation of the operator onto a gate that will be used for pedestrian access control at the ball fields. Alumi-Guard of Florida provided the materials for ornamental fence to be used at the ball fields that matched up with the fence already installed at the aquatics center. Instructors Sean Russell and Taylor Coley handled this part of the course. Instructor C.D. Stroud of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shared his experi- ence and welding secrets, helping stu- dents to produce several gates. Sammy Franklin of C & C Fence in McDonough, Ga. did repairs at the ball fields and added a foul ball hood net onto the existing back stops. C & C Fence donated the items needed for the repairs on several chain link fences throughout the ballpark. Franklin and Steve Hoopman of Keller Fence in Minnesota worked toward teaching bias cuts and other chain link procedures. As in past years, Ray Statz of Qual Line Fence in Madison, Wis. brought western red cedar, steel posts, and equipment from his shop. He taught the students how to build a wood fence on driven steel posts. He continued the fence along a bridge and golf course service build- ing. Modern Fence Technologies of East Troy, Wis. donated hardware that was used on this and several other projects at the school. Jim Martin, president of Rhino Tool in Kewanee, Ill., donated a gaso- line powered GPD-45 handheld driver to the NAFCA Field Training School. It was used to drive the steel posts for the project mentioned above. White 6' high PVC privacy fence was installed to provide protection for golfers on the nearby greens as well as driving carts on the path. Instruc- tor Pat Sadler of CertainTeed, Buffalo, N.Y., led this installation project. The Pro Driver from Log Cabin, Amity, Penn., was used to install the wood posts, contributed by American Timber and Steel of Ohio. Instructors Bill Iams and his brother, Jim, handled this part of the farm fence job. Students and instructors pose for a group photo during the recent Fence Train- ing School. Pictured above, back row, left to right: Ron Willis, Jay Strait, Dan Allen, Sean Russell, Steve Hoopman, Pat Sadler, Sammy Franklin, Bill McCoy, Ray Statz, Ryan Clemetson and Jim Iams. Middle row: Dustin Craft, Chistopher Keaton, Mart Prost, Taylor Coley, Bill Iams, CD Stroud, Cheryl Bilski, and Ernesto DeLaPea Morales. Front row: Colin Sadler, Amy Matzke, Kyle Ingram, Christo- pher Hammond, Jamie Mendieta, Shane Naslund, Michael Moore and John Mi- chael Davidson. (NAFCA photo) continued on page 42

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