Bill Polacek Named a 2023 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Honoree

Johnstown, PA (November 8, 2023)– JWF Industries President and CEO, William (Bill) Polacek, has been named a 2023 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Honoree. The award is presented by Smart Business Magazine and recognizes the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations, as well as have a positive impact on their communities. The awards categories consist of Innovation, Impact, and Sustainability.

Along with the other honorees, Bill will be recognized at an awards banquet on November 29th, with a feature in a special editorial report of the November issue of Smart Business Pittsburgh.

“This is the fourth time receiving this great honor with each one as exciting as the first,” states Bill Polacek. “I’m humbled to represent Johnstown and my employees in what we all have accomplished!”

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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