Smith-Midland Receives VDOT Approvals For Its J-J Hooks Pin-Down And Bolt-Down Mash Tested Safety Barriers
Midland, VA - June 25, 2015 - Smith-Midland Corporation (OTCQB: SMID) - Smith-Midland and Easi-Set Worldwide jointly announced MASH approvals have been granted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for its J-J Hooks ™ pin-down and bolt-down anchored barrier system. The pin-down system received VDOT MASH approval in July of 2013 and has been in use at several Mid-Atlantic area locations, and the bolt-down system received VDOT MASH approval in March of 2015. Both are currently available for rental through Smith-Midland's barrier rental company, Concrete Safety Systems, and for manufacturing through a licensing agreement with Easi-Set Worldwide, a subsidiary of the Smith-Midland Corporation.
MASH is the current federal requirement for assessing safety hardware and is an acronym for Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), "This Manual is recommended for highway design engineers, bridge engineers, safety engineers, researchers, hardware developers, crash test laboratories, and others concerned with safety features used in the highway environment."
J-J Hooks Concrete Safety Barriers are approved for use in free-standing (NCHRP350 TL3 tested), and bolted or pinned (MASH TL3 tested) installations. They are currently the lowest in cost-to-produce; offer the fastest setting times, the lowest installation costs, and the smallest installation crews versus any other system. In addition to traditional highway applications, J-J Hooks have a long history of use in a wide range of event security and crowd control situations.
"Our J-J Hooks barriers have been used on a large variety of high-profile projects for more than two decades," said Ashley Smith, President of Smith-Midland. "We continue to build sustainable concrete products and provide quality solutions for the precast industry and our customers, while continually advancing to the next level of durability, cost-effectiveness and safety."
"We are especially proud of the J-J Hooks barrier products and all that they bring to the industry," said Moffette Tharpe, Managing Director of Easi-Set Worldwide, who was instrumental in the development of the anchored barrier. "The newest addition of the MASH-tested anchored barrier system demonstrates our commitment to bring the most advanced - and beneficial - products to market. We teamed up with The Hilti Group, a world leader in anchoring products, to develop a proprietary bolt assembly that would be the most effective and efficient on the market."
Joe Steven, Superintendent with Ajax Paving Company, said, "We're extremely happy with road barriers that have the J-J Hooks connection. They are much quicker and easier to work with. There is no reason for our guys to have their hands and fingers in the way since there is no loose hardware to put in place. Overall, we're very impressed with the way this project is going using J-J Hooks road barriers." Another J-J Hooks customer shared his experience with the Smith-Midland barriers, "Two men and a crane can install 6,000 feet in one shift."
About Smith-Midland Corporation Smith-Midland Corporation (DE) is a publically traded company (OTCQB: SMID). Smith-Midland (VA) develops, manufactures and sells a broad array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation and utilities industries. SMC has two manufacturing facilities located in Midland, Virginia and Reidsville, North Carolina. For more information, please call (540) 439-3266, visit www.smithmidland.com or www.jjhooks.com.