Top Coat's leadership team includes, front row, from left, Jeff Smirch, Stephanie Hunter, Donna Hayes and Adam Sierra; back row, Han Nguyen, Jason Hayes, Kenny Hayes, Chris Hardison and Josh Davis.

Sitting just off Highway 36 in the sleepy village of Jones Creek is the sprawling new home of Top Coat Fabrication. The company's first location was in Freeport, but they needed room to grow.

"We aren't just a little shop anymore," company President Jason Hayes said.

Top Coat was founded in 1980 by Kenny Hayes, who started his career as an offshore rig painter and became a respected job supervisor in the oil and gas industry. Kenny now serves as the company's CEO, and his son, Jason, is president.

Jason is an engineer by trade but has also implemented some forward-thinking, successful management strategies. With 55 employees, it is crucial to think big, but he also keeps each

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