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GapVax
Northeast

www.gapvax.com / HQ: Johnstown, Pa. / Employees: 100+ / Gary Poborsky, owner and
founder: "Most of our trucks are custom-built for that particular customer and his region."

Custom Made

gapvax expands its manufacturing facility and introduces
new industrial vacuum equipment. by kat zeman

most of gapvax's trucks are
custom-built for industrial
and municipal customers.

Unlike many of its competitors,
GapVax doesn't mass-produce identical products. Instead, the manufacturer of industrial and municipal
vacuum equipment is known for its
ability to customize products based
on individual customer needs.
"Most of our trucks are custom-built for that particular customer
and his region," says Gary Poborsky,
owner and founder. "Customers have
different needs. Some need a larger
water capacity and some need a more
powerful vacuum blower."
The Johnstown, Pa.-based compa-

ny manufactures a variety of industrial and municipal vacuum trucks and
sells parts and accessories for them.
This year, GapVax introduced a number of new products and expanded its
manufacturing facility.
The $11 million expansion included remodeling a 160,000-square-foot
steel mill building adjacent to its existing property. The new state-of-art
facility allows GapVax to manufacture in an assembly line style format.
Trucks enter in through one door and
work their way down the line, exiting
another door after being assembled.

The company also invested in a new
blast booth, paint booths, cranes,
computers, software and hardware.
"We anticipate that we will be able
to double or triple our production,"
Marketing Director Kate Blair says.
Aside from its Johnstown facility, the
company operates a service office in
Texas, one of its largest market areas.

New This Year
GapVax is known for both industrial
and municipal vacuum equipment.
Its HV Series industrial line includes
a variety of equipment used to
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