About Us


A bit of history

It started with a need and a desire to help...


The town of Johnstown, which was founded in 1800 and is approximately 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, became a thriving industrial community late in the century when modernized steel production in its mills was producing millions of tons of steel for railroad, warships, bridges, and the common nail. In fact, the first steel rails for the railroads were rolled in a Johnstown steel mill. Today, many of the steel and coal industries have left the Johnstown area, but the pride and craftsmanship is still very apparent.


From humble beginnings in 1977, Gary & Rose Poborsky began GAP Pollution and Environmental Control (our sister company). After a major flood that year in Johnstown, Gary purchased one used Septic Truck for pumping flooded basements, storm and sanitary pipe TV inspection, and other cleanup work. Over the years GAP P.E.C. has grown to become the Industry Leader through Innovation and superior service personnel Industrial Accounts like Coal Power Plants, Steel Mills, Cement Plants, Paper Mills, etc. needed Simple, Durable, Versatile, Efficient, Rugged, and Reliable Industrial Vacuum Equipment.

In growing GAP P.E.C., Gary and the employees of GAP began to modify equipment to meet their needs and become more efficient. This then led to them building their own equipment.


In 1989, GapVax was born to design and manufacture the highest quality equipment that would meet, and exceed, the needs and applications of the customers of GapVax. GapVax has grown to be the leading Manufacturer of Industrial Vacuum Equipment through Innovation and application at GAP P.E.C. With the team of highly skilled and dedicated workers here in Johnstown, PA GapVax manufacturers the highest quality, top performance products of anywhere else in the country! We listen...and we deliver!

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