Our Story

With over 36 years in the manufacturing industry, JWF Industries is a proud member of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania community. From humble beginnings, we’ve grown to annual operating sales over $100 million, encompass over 1.3 million square feet of manufacturing space, and employ over 400 professionals.

This is our story.


John Polacek Sr. worked at Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

With limited financial income, John struggled to provide for his wife and nine children. To make ends meet, he started Johnny’s Welding in the back of his pick-up truck.

Johnny’s Welding expanded to a two-car garage and employed John’s son, Bill Polacek.


John Sr. passed away after a fulfilling life, leaving a lasting impression on his children.

Son, Bill, bought Johnny’s Welding from his mother and started Johnstown Welding and Fabrication Company.


Bethlehem Steel facilities close in Johnstown, PA.

Johnstown Welding and Fabrication Company expands into 500,000 square-foot facility, formerly Lower Works that housed the 8 inch mill, 11 inch mill, and Mag Shed.

Bill expands services and wins a contract with Bethlehem Steel corporate office. He moves his company into the 36,000 square-foot shop at the former Bethlehem Steel facility in Johnstown.

Continued expansion of services and clients enables company to expand and buy a bankrupt 60,000 square-foot factory.


Bill purchases 10-acre tract on Iron Street, once part of the Lower Works facility.

After years of growth and expansion, the company name is shortened to JWF Industries to reflect its continuing diversity.


John Polacek Jr. leaves executive position at BAE Systems aerospace company and joins JWF Industries.

Bill and John start JWF Defense Systems, a business specifically focused on supplying Department of Defense prime contractors with reliable, on-time fabrications and sub-assemblies.

JWF Defense Logo


Leadership recognizes the opportunity to service the oil and gas industry as JWF Industries is located on the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations for natural gas drilling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) office changes drilling regulations that limit the amount of total dissolved solves that can be discharged in waterways. JWF Industries develops a new line of products for above ground containment vehicles to transport water to treatment plants.

Environmental Tank and Container (ETC), located in a former Shell plant, is created as a new division of JWF Industries.


Environmental Tank and Container (ETC) now operates under parent company, JWF Industries, in the Energy division.