Bill Polacek Named as Pittsburgh Smart 50 Honoree

Johnstown, PA (October 5, 2022)– JWF Industries President and CEO, William (Bill) Polacek, has been named a 2022 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 1st, with a feature in a special editorial report of the November issue of Smart Business Pittsburgh.

“It is both humbling and an honor to be chosen as a nominee for the Smart 50 awards. This acts as another representation of not only where my business is going, but where our forward-thinking community is headed as well” notes Polacek.

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Founder William (Bill) Polacek, President and Chief Executive of JWF Industries, started the company 35 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 1.1 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