“Small businesses play a major role in communities across Louisiana, and for over 60 years, one small business based out of Pineville has played a major role in building central Louisiana and creating hundreds of jobs along the way—Haynes Manufacturing,” said Vitter. “Following recent devastating flooding in Baton Rouge, the Hayes Manufacturing team, along with their parent company Hayes Companies, organized volunteers to help families repair their flooded homes, and I want to personally thank them for their support and congratulate them on being selected as Small Business of the Week. I look forward to 60 more years of growth and success in CENLA and across the state.”
In the early 1950s, James Hayes Sr. worked in a local fabrication shop and quickly realized that he could produce a better product on his own. Working out of his garage with a welding machine mounted on a Model-T Ford, Hayes Sr. established his namesake manufacturing small business in 1954. Over the next several decades, Hayes Sr.’s two sons joined him in business, and with their combined leadership and vision, Hayes Manufacturing has grown to become one of the highest-regarded steel fabrication shops in the south.
As the Senate Small Business Committee Chairman, Vitter continues the tradition of honoring America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.