June 9, 2021

Jensen Precast to manufacture J-J Hooks Barrier for the California infrastructure market.

Easi-Set Worldwide, precast concrete products licensing subsidiary of Smith-Midland Corporation, production expansion announcement.

Easi-Set Worldwide has signed an agreement with one of the West Coast’s premier precasters, Jensen Precast, to manufacturer their patented J-J Hooks highway barrier system.

As announced earlier this year, The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) gave full approval for MASH tested J-J Hooks portable concrete barrier in two lengths (12.5 and 20-foot), for all widely used applications, including free-standing, pinned for asphalt surfaces, bolted for concrete surfaces, and bridge decks. The potential market is massive. Caltrans has advertised over 10,000,000 linear feet of project bids on highway safety barrier in the past 4 years.

“With the sunseting announcement of the current California K-Rail barrier system by Caltrans, and the many large upcoming roadway projects like Riverside and San Bernadino, Jensen is posed to make a huge and immediate impact on the growth of our J-J Hooks brand,” said Art Miles, President of Easi-Set Worldwide.

Jensen Precast will now be able to provide J-J Hooks barrier to road contractors across the state. Manufacturing will take place in both Northern and Southern California facilities, allowing efficient logistical accessibility. Founded by Don Jensen in 1968, Jensen Precast is one of the largest independently owned precast concrete manufacturing companies in the United States. With corporate headquarters in Reno, Nevada, the family owned company has production facilities throughout Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. Jensen’s manufactured products are specified by more than 75 agencies and utilities, including over 20 years of highway barrier experience.

Eric Jensen, President of Jensen Precast stated, "We are excited to do our part in supporting the objectives for both the Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) newest and more comprehensive requirements for precast concrete barriers. The deployment of precast barrier dramatically increases highway safety for both motorists and construction workers. The revised higher standards will make a good thing even better. Jensen Precast’s new partnership with J-J Hooks introduces the latest design that fully meets all of the latest Caltrans and FHWA requirements with the unique advantages only found in the J-J Hook connection design. Smith-Midland, the creators of J-J Hooks barrier, has over 30 years of experience in the design and testing of highway barriers, and we are confident they are the most experienced barrier people in the United States. We feel our customers will appreciate the speed and safety of installing the J-J Hook connection compared to the traditional K-Rail design. Jensen Precast is investing heavily in robust manufacturing capabilities of these barriers in Southern California and Northern California. After extensive conversations with our customers, we plan to offer the J-J Hook barriers on a per-job rental basis. We are pushing as quickly as possible to have these barriers available for rental by the fall of 2021."

About J-J Hooks Precast Concrete Highway Safety Barrier

J-J Hooks is the industry’s most successful private connection design with well over 16 million linear feet provided to highway construction projects in North America and abroad. J-J Hooks freestanding, pin-down and bolt-down designs have been MASH TL3 tested and are available from over 40 producers.

Discover more about J-J Hooks and its network of precast concrete licensed producers by calling 800-547-4045 or visiting www.JJHooks.com.

About Easi-Set Worldwide

Easi-Set Worldwide, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith Midland Corporation, a public company, licenses the production and sale of Easi-Set products and provides diversification opportunities to the precast industry worldwide. For more information about precast products licensing opportunities, contact Easi-Set by calling 800-547-4045 or visiting www.EasiSet.com. Contact: info@easiset.com