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  • MEDFORD PLATING

    Medford Plating sees its future in chrome

    Owner of Medford Plating sees a niche in once-booming car-finishing industry
  • Jason Grijalva wants to put the shine back on a longtime Medford company that has lost some of its luster.
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    • BUSINESS CARD
      Name: Medford Plating
      Service: Chrome and nickel plating and polishing
      Owner: Jason Grijalva
      Location: 702 S. Grape St.
      Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday
      Phone number: 541-77...
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      BUSINESS CARD
      Name: Medford Plating

      Service: Chrome and nickel plating and polishing

      Owner: Jason Grijalva

      Location: 702 S. Grape St.

      Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday

      Phone number: 541-773-6969

      Website: www.medfordplating.webs.com

      Email: jason@medfordplating.com

      Facebook: Medford Plating
  • Jason Grijalva wants to put the shine back on a longtime Medford company that has lost some of its luster.
    Medford Plating, which traces its history back to 1967, was the go-to shop for chrome work for a couple of generations. It built a reputation among the region's car buffs, who had restoration projects in their garages or barns, and bikers trying to outshine the competition.
    "There aren't too many like it right now," said Grijalva, who acquired the company in July. "It's really the only chrome shop between Sacramento and Portland. There are a few other job shops in between, but not too many, because it's been a dying breed."
    Therein lies the opportunity. Demand for chrome plating, nickel plating and general metal polishing remains, but much of the work has been shipped out of the region in recent years.
    The new owner has a veteran, three-man staff of fabricators, and the goal is to keep work here and attract it from other locations. "Just having a base along I-5, where things can be shipped pretty easily, is helpful in that respect," Grijalva said.
    The late Clancy Johnson founded the firm in 1967, and his son-in-law Tom Glover ran the operation for another decade before Steve McGhehey of Sisters purchased the company. Grijalva was a production and service manager during a 13-year tenure with ALSCO before moving into the insurance business, where he remains an agent with American Family Insurance. "Back in the day, it was mainly a bumper shop, and accessories were made from scratch to put on cars," Grijalva said. "Now restoration is the big thing — or any manufacturing with zinc plating. We even do chrome plating for refrigerators or antique vending machines."
    Grijalva favors using a copper base before applying the nickel and chrome.
    "It's a lot more expensive — there are more DEQ regulations and chemicals that go into it — but it gives a deeper shine," he said. "Getting the permits to start something like that now would have been pretty impossible (financially) unless it had been grandfathered in."
    Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregMTBusiness.
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