Bill, John, and Tom Polacek named as PA Business Central Top 100 People

Johnstown, PA (February 20, 2024) – Each year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the New Year by highlighting the Top 100 People in business and economic development who have made a dynamic and significant impact on their organizations and communities. William C. Polacek, President and Chief Executive Officer of JWF Industries, has been recognized as one of these Top 100 Business People along with his brothers, John J. Polacek, Chief Operating Officer at JWF Industries, and Thomas E. Polacek, Executive Vice President – Employer of Choice.

Bill has earned this honor 14 times, beginning in 2010, and is joined this year by his brothers, John J. Polacek and Thomas E. Polacek. In their own respective ways, Bill, John, and Tom have both developed JWF Industries and its family of companies into thriving businesses with hundreds of employees. Strong family values are the foundation of the organization and are key driving points behind every decision that is made in order to keep the business on the upward trajectory that we have seen over the years.

Bill stated, “This humbling honor is a direct result of all our professional JWFamily members and their belief and execution on a vision. Having my brothers John and Tom joining this prestigious honor together makes it even better – our parents are beaming in heaven.”

“It is both an honor and a privilege to receive this award along with my brothers, Bill and Tom. This award is really one that belongs to all of the JWFamily who works constantly to support our warfighters mission,” said John Polacek.

Tom Polacek stated, “It is a special honor to have received this award for me and the JWFamily and even more special to have received it along with my two brothers.”

Committed to their local Johnstown community, the Polaceks contribute their time and efforts to various community boards and organizations. Bill is a founding member and chairman of Johnstown’s Vision Together 2025 initiative and serves on, and is a past chairman of, the Johnstown Area Regional Industries Board (JARI). He is a past board member of Memorial Medical Center, East Hills Recreation Commission, Mom’s House, Johnstown/Cambria Airport Authority (past Chairman), and Mount Aloysius.

John Polacek serves on the board of American Red Cross Board-Keystone Chapter (former Chapter Chairman), Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman), Veteran Community Initiatives, Penn Highlands Foundation Board, UPJ Advisory Board, Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) Defense Council, as well as a past board member of the Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania Board.

Tom Polacek currently serves on the membership committee of Sunnehanna Country Club and the Upper Yoder Township Planning Commission. He is a past board member of Johnstown YMCA, Westmont Family Counseling Ministries, and Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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