John Sroka circa 1989
John Sroka & the Early Years
An emigrant from Poland, John Sroka sought opportunity and pursuit of a dream. In 1981, he opened a small machine shop on the west bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. From the start, John focused on specialty tools, hydraulics and engineered solutions. Fostering a passion to meet the most difficult client challenges, John’s natural expertise in bringing ideas from concept to fruition was noticed by many. With a vision much greater than his humble beginnings, the company was relocated in 1984 to its present day location in nearby Strongsville, Ohio.
Through the late 80s and the 90s, Sroka continued to grow organically and through acquisition. Major companies acquired include Westwood Machine Specialists, Economy Pump and Advance Vehicles. By 1998, the company expanded its manufacturing plant to become fully self-sufficient in its operations.
Strategic Innovation & Growth
The 2000s were a period of strategic innovation and growth. Vertical integration became key during this time when Sroka expanded its control over its supply chain. This included major investments in machinery, technology and intellectual property. As a result of continual improvement, tremendous value was added to each product by reducing costs and increasing both manufacturing efficiency and productivity. Meanwhile during this time Sroka’s leadership and engineering team were busy developing several hundred successful products that were added to the company’s portfolio of engineered solutions.
Major improvements continue into the 2010s with a key focus on infrastructure, environment and operations. Everything centers around quality and speed of execution. In 2017, Sroka launched its fully integrated ERP system and has celebrated its ISO 9001:2015 certification. Soon after, construction on Sroka’s new engineering and manufacturing center was completed in 2018. At heart, Sroka believes in the “American Dream” and will continue to embrace this cultural value into the future.
Family Business & Future
Working at their father’s side, Adam Sroka is the company’s Vice President. Adam has been involved in every aspect of the company since his childhood, from sweeping floors and operating machinery to cultivating relationships and executing international contracts.
Adam earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his Master’s of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Project Management from The University of Texas at Austin. Connect with Adam on Linkedin.
Together Adam, with his father John, represent the present driving force and future leadership of Sroka Inc.