Henry Michalkiewicz
2011 Pulaski Day Parade Grand Marshal
Ed & Jean McCloskey
Henry Michalkiewicz was born in Poland and educated at the Mechanical Technical Institute in Swidnica near Wroclaw. Henry emigrated first to Austria, and then to the Republic of South Africa, just as martial law was imposed in Poland in 1981. While in South Africa, Michalkiewicz married Barbara Stramczewska. In 1983, the family moved to America. Henry has two daughters, Natalia and Olivia.

After settling in Bridgeton, NJ, Michalkiewicz was employed in the mechanical technical design field, but after a few years, he started his own construction business. This endeavor eventually led Henry to establish a custom cabinet manufacturing firm, Euro Kraft Group. Recognized for its merit by many in the architectural and design community, the company manufactures custom products, such as fine furniture, European sliding closet doors and room dividers, and kitchen and bath components both in the U.S. and Poland.

Shortly after his arrival in Bridgeton, Henry became involved with the Polish National Alliance Lodge 3106. He also was instrumental in forming the Polonia of South Jersey, a federation of Polish American organizations including groups from Cape May, Trenton and Camden County. Henry has also helped to organize an annual proclamation ceremony at Vineland’s City Hall, followed by a festive dinner as part of Polish American Heritage Month activities in South Jersey.

Michalkiewicz is also active in the Knights of Columbus, and is devoted to addressing the needs and concerns of the Tri-State Polonia. As a proud American citizen, Michalkiewicz remains fond of his cherished Polish heritage.

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