Bill Polacek Featured in The Fabricator

William C. Polacek Featured in The Fabricator

JWF Industries President and CEO Shares Five-Step Approach on Retaining Talent

Johnstown, PA (November 20, 2023)– JWF Industries President and CEO, William C. Polacek, was featured on the front cover as the feature story in The Fabricator on November 13, 2023. In “Meet The Shop That Figured Out Its Labor Challenge,” Polacek explains his 5-Step Approach to implementing a re-worked apprenticeship program in order to grow the company and retain talent.

“The Fabricator is the metal working premier magazine in North America and Mexico and we are honored that they reached out to us as they heard about our success in hiring and retaining employees,” states Polacek. “This is yet another example of how our employees solve strategic issues and get recognized by national subject matter experts. I’m proud of all of the employees at JWF and I’m proud of how this represents our town as a very positive and progressive industry leading city.”

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About JWF Industries

JWF Industries designs, manufactures, and integrates metal centric products by growing with the right people, the right processes, the right markets, and the right customers.  Capabilities include program management, engineering, laser services, welding, forming, machining, and coatings.  JWF Industries and JWF Defense Systems has locations in Johnstown, PA; Baltimore, MD; Davisville, WV; and Edenton, NC.

Founder William (Bill) Polacek, President and Chief Executive Officer of JWF Industries, started the company 36 years ago in a two-car garage with the goal of growing the company to create local jobs.  Today, the company has operating sales over $100 million.  It occupies over 1.3 million square feet of manufacturing space and currently employs over 400 professionals.  The company’s growth and success were achieved by developing and promoting skilled workers and leaders from within.

The company is dedicated to its employees, its communities, and its global customers in the energy, commercial, and defense industries. To learn more about JWF Industries, visit