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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

William Polacek


JWF Industries

William Polacek started JWF Industries in 1987 as an owner, operator in a 30’ x 30’ two-car garage, creating an organization which currently employs approximately 600 employees, 1-million square feet of manufacturing space and seven subsidiary companies in Johnstown and Baltimore with combined sales of $150 million. He has over 25 years’ experience in the metals manufacturing industry.

In addition to being the CEO of JWF Industries and JWF Defense in Johnstown, Polacek also owns JWF Machining, A.I.M. of Baltimore, MD, Environmental Tank & Container (ETC) and CFM Air Compressors.

In 2009, he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Francis College. He also earned a two-year post-secondary degree in welding technology and has attended numerous seminars and classes on continuous flow production methods and finance.

Polacek’s most recent honors and awards include receiving the Smart Business “Smart 50” Honoree in 2015, Pittsburgh Business Times “Family Business Award” in 2016 and The Chapel of the Four Chaplains “Humanitarian Award” of the Legion of Honor in 2016.

Polacek’s companies were founded on a commitment to family values and they continue to flourish in the Johnstown area because of the support of its employees and its community.

Bill currently resides in Richland Township with his wife, Shari, and their four children – William, Blake, Madison, and Carter. His family founded a nonprofit organization, The Polacek Family Human Needs Foundation, which is devoted to helping the less fortunate in the area.

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