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Even better with age

image Jimmy Toy’s construction career recently reached the big 4-0.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Last year, Jimmy Toy’s construction career turned 40. Rather than spin out in a mid-career crisis at the milestone, Toy took the time to enjoy what he has achieved in those decades and appreciates all that he built upon it.





    “In 1976, when I finished school, I moved out to San Diego, CA and I started painting out there,” Toy remembers. “It was something that I did as a part-time job and then I picked it up full-time.”
    Along the way, Toy learned how to do tile and sheetrock work but later wanted to offer a full range of building services to clients. Eight years ago, he took on a partner and established J3 Painting & Drywall in Azle. The company builds, remodels, paints and does decorative work for both commercial and residential projects.
    “I’ve learned to do a lot and have increased my knowledge,” Toy says with pride. “I’m doing so much now that I never did before.”
    Toy says that while J3 isn’t winning the very large projects his company bids on, that doesn’t stop him from “swinging away” – but within reason.
    “We would like to do bigger projects if we could,” Toy says. “But then again, I have a big family – nine kids! – and a lot of responsibilities. It’s important that I keep things down in size a little bit. We seek balance and try not to get overwhelmed.”
    Toy says that even without those “projects of magnitude,” there is no shortage of work. There’s no shortage of play either, especially for his team. Toy enjoys the opportunity to bring good people into the business and create a second “work family.”
    “One fun thing we do as a company is family vacations,” Toy says. “”We all go out together with all of the kids; there were 16 of us in Galveston this year!”
    J3 Painting & Drywall is a turnkey construction company offering a wide range of building services. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net