About Force Corporation
Force Corporation is an industrial construction company based near the Houston Ship Channel in La
Porte, Texas. Our satellite office in Plaquemine, LA serves as a base of operations for our
railroad work in that region. Founded in 1973, our company strives to be the best Industrial
Construction, Industrial Railroad, and Maintenance general contractor serving the Gulf Coast.
Our people make the difference, and our word is our gold standard. We supply skilled management,
supervision, and craftspeople in the fields of civil, structural, mechanical, and railroad
Force Corporation is a family-owned and operated company. Jack Jackson, the original founder and
CEO of the company, was succeeded by his son, and current CEO, Mike Jackson. Since 1979, Vickie
Jackson has worked for the company and now serves as CFO/CIO. Mike and Vickie have been married
Jack Jackson believed strongly in the power of industry-driven workforce development efforts, which
led him down a path of community involvement and service. In addition to being a member of the
local Rotary Club and many Chambers of Commerce, Jack also was instrumental in the creation of the
Southeast Economic Development (SEED) organization (now Economic Alliance Houston Port Region).
Jack also served as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Greater Houston Chairman of the Board
in the late 80s and subsequently served as president of the Texas statewide chapter of ABC.
Driven by the principles he shared with his father, Mike utilized his 24-year tenure in the
Texas Legislature to fight for the benefit of his constituents and to advance the interests of
small businesses across the state.
Mike followed political aspirations and won his first election in November of 1988 to serve in the
Texas State House of Representatives. After his first successful election, he continued to win for
four additional terms, totaling 10 years of service as a Texas State Representative. He then set
his sights on the Texas Senate in 1998, winning and serving for an additional 14 years. Driven by
the principles he shared with his father, Mike utilized his 24-year tenure in the Texas Legislature
to fight for the benefit of his constituents and to advance the interests of small businesses across
In 2010, Rusty Barnhill (president) and Manuel White (executive vice president) joined the company,
bringing with them a tremendous amount of industry knowledge, experience, and relationships that have
breathed a remarkable amount of new energy into the organization. Rusty Barnhill has himself long
been a leader in the workforce development arena and has given over 20 years of service to the
Craft Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF)
Board of Directors and the ABC Greater Houston Board of
In addition, Rusty serves on the PetroChemWorks
Workforce Development Steering Team and Board, formed in 2017, which is a collaboration of
East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), ABC Greater
Houston, CMEF, and the many regional community colleges currently providing craft training programs in
an effort to meet our regional projected shortfall of skilled craft workers. PetroChemWorks focuses on
alignment, integration and removal of barriers in the area of workforce development for the industrial
construction and manufacturing sector for the Texas Gulf Coast region.
Together with their outstanding employees and their collective knowledge, experience, and sense of duty,
Force Corporation’s leadership creates an ideal go-to team when in need of an industrial contractor.
We cooperate, we communicate, and when your project is on the line, we deliver.