Johnstown, Pennsylvania-based JWF Industries reopened a factory, previously operated by Sunshine Metals, in Danisville, West Virginia. The project will expand production and milling of large aluminum plates and other items.
The new 80,000 square-foot manufacturing plant is managed by the manufacturing group at JWF’s Woodvale location in Johnstown and is leased through Polymer Alliance Zone.
Acquired in February 2020, JWF said it views this new location as an opportunity to increase capacity for large scale manufacturing, including current large aluminum plates. The manufacturing plant equipment includes Onsrud plate mills and a 20 ton crane with plate suction lifters. The plant employs four full-time employees, with JWF planning to hire an additional three trade skills workers by the end of 2020.
“Reopening this facility allows us to increase capacity and options for milling larger plates 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.”
“We’re hoping to utilize the labor market in this community. There’s a lot of talent and skill sets that will help us continue to grow,” he said. “We are very committed to the communities where we operate,” said Polacek. “We hope this expansion creates a strong relationship with the Davisville community, much like we have in our other locations.”