ANOTHER fence company helping out former customers of the now closed Ace Fence Company

Thursday, August 30th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police and the State Attorney General's office are investigating complaints against Ace Fence Company. The business suddenly closed its doors earlier in August.

Now a separate company is stepping in to help some of Ace's former customers. Consumer 6 Reporter Diane White has the details. "We're going to come right off the corner of this house and come across these stakes and down." It's a new job for B & H Fence Company, but the owner isn't expecting to make a big profit, building a fence for homeowner Traci Farr. Tommy Brown with B & H Fence Company: "For instance Traci had - say - $440 left on her contract. We're trying to hope that can buy the material for the job and then we're asking them to pay for the labor."

This customer is willing to pay for labor to get the job done. She originally hired Ace Fence Company to build a second fence in her yard. A fence for her two pygmy goats, the turkey - and the chicken. Traci Farr paid Ace Fence Company nearly $500. A few weeks later, the company closed its doors. "It's been frustrating not knowing what's going to happen but I've been very thankful that they've stepped forward to help us all out." B & H Fence Company knew there were dozens of people who had paid money and who had unfinished fences, so it offered to help - by cutting its fees for labor. Tommy Brown, "We're a young business - we're both former Ace employees. We left because of the way things were going and we saw the opportunity to step into business."

This is just one of many jobs they'll be doing. B & H Fence has agreed to handle nearly 75 contracts for former Ace Fence customers. Many of those customers have filed a complaint with the State Attorney General's Office. Leslie Selig with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office: "We are in the early stages. Of course, the volume of complaints is substantial. So we'll just have to see what happens from here."

You can also file a citizens crime report through the Tulsa Police department." Traci Farr did file a complaint - but this week she's focusing on her new fence that B & H is building. “It’s wonderful to know there are still good people out there that are willing to help other people."