B&J Manufacturing founder Jensen dies

March 12, 2008

E.B. Jensen, founder of retread tool supplier B&J Manufacturing Co. and Tire Industry Association (TIA) Hall of Famer, died March 11 at the age of 99.

Born in Denmark, Jensen came to the United States in 1927 and started the E.B. Jensen Co. in 1941, supplying equipment and accessories to retread shops and tire dealerships.

In 1942, he partnered with Roy Barnes to manufacture rasp blades under a new corporate name, B&J Manufacturing. The firm grew into a multi-national operation with offices and manufacturing around the globe.

Jensen was inducted into the TIA (formerly the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association) Hall of Fame in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Mae; daughter, Lucille; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives.