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JWF Industries expands to Davisville

JWF Industries of Johnstown, Pa., has reopened the former Sunshine Metals facility in Davisville. The company employs four people and may hire three more by the end of the year. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

DAVISVILLE — A Pennsylvania company is now operating the former Sunshine Metals facility in Davisville.

JWF Industries of Johnstown, Pa., designs, makes and integrates metal-related products for the energy, commercial and defense industries.

“Reopening this facility allows us to increase capacity and options for milling larger plate than we are currently able,” said Tom Polacek, Executive Vice President of JWF Industries who oversees the management of the West Virginia facility. “It also provides an opportunity for us to add more machinery and employees to support JWF Industries operations, and the local Parkersburg region in the future, as our company continues to expand.”

The 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility, leased through the Polymer Alliance Zone, will be managed by the manufacturing group at JWF’s Woodvale location in Johnstown. JWF has more than 1.1 million square feet of manufacturing space and employs more than 450 people in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Texas.

Acquired in February, the company believes its new location in Davisville is an opportunity to increase capacity for large-scale manufacturing, including current large aluminum plate.

The manufacturing plant equipment includes a 10-by-20 Onsrud plate mill, a 15-by-35 Onsrud plate mill and a 20-ton crane with plate suction lifters.

The plant employs four full-time employees and plans to hire another three tradesmen by the end of the year.

A strong coal-mining work ethic in Davisville is a reminder of the work ethic in Johnstown, according to Polacek.

“We’re hoping to utilize the labor market in this community,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent and skill sets that will help us continue to grow.”

JWF Industries is based on family values and a commitment to helping others, he said.

“We are very committed to the communities where we operate,” Polacek said. “We hope this expansion creates a strong relationship with the Davisville community, much like we have in our other locations.”

The Wood County Economic Development office is thrilled with JWF Industries, according to Lindsey Kerr Piersol, executive director.

“The retention of four full-time employees and the future plans for three additional skilled workers by the end of 2020 is great news during a challenging time,” she said. “We look forward to working with JWF to grow their operations in Wood County and are ecstatic to welcome this company into our manufacturing sector and community.”

The company was founded in 1987 by owner William Polacek, who purchased his father’s welding business. It was based in a two-car garage.

JWF Industries has since expanded manufacturing services to the defense, renewable energy, oil, gas and commercial industries.

In March, the company was recognized as a Top 100 Organization for the ninth straight time by Pennsylvania Business Central. Other companies in JWF Industries include JWF Defense, Environmental Tank and Container – Pennsylvania, ETC – Texas, Atlantic Industrial, Mechanical and Electrical Inc. of Baltimore, and J-Air Compressors.

Sunshine Metals opened the site in 2015 to process aluminum for aircraft. The company is a global supplier of specialty metals and custom supply channel services for advanced technology application in the aerospace and marine industries. In addition to the Davisville facility, the company has operations in California, Kansas and Louisiana.

Contact Jess Mancini at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com

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