60 Years Running: Advanced Plating Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
It’s hard to believe but 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of Advanced Plating opening its door in Nashville, Tennessee. Although the location has changed over the years, most recently with a move out of Nashville to Portland, Tennessee, they have continued to offer the World’s Finest Chrome to customers worldwide.
The humble roots of Advanced Plating started with founder Elton Cole, who first opened shop in Old Hickory, Tennessee during the spring of 1962. Like several businesses, the shop changed hands a couple of times thru the years. Then in 1985, while racing motorcycles, Steve Tracy started his relationship with Advanced Plating, leading to he and his wife Sheri becoming sole owners in 1989.
It would be nice to say the rest is history, but it has not been an easy 35 years of ownership for the Tracy’s and Advanced Plating. They have had their unfortunate share of devastating events over that time period, including a catastrophic flood in 2010 and then a total loss fire in 2018. In fact, the fire of 2018 is what led to the most recent relocation to the small town of Portland, TN, which is situated north of Nashville at the Tennessee Kentucky border.
Despite the challenges, the business has grown to become a recognizable brand with not only car builders and auto restorers nationwide, but also with manufacturers in the hot rod industry as a source for commercial plating and polishing. Furthermore, Advanced Plating’s reach has extended beyond the automotive world and into the manufacturing and plating of virtually every hardware component needed for an electric guitar, as well as serving manufacturers of musical instruments, architectural industry, and even boutique business with niche markets.
One thing is for sure, what ever the next 60 years of Advanced Plating looks like, you can guarantee there will be continued growth, innovation, and dedication to quality, service, and delivery.
For more information on Advanced Plating, be sure to visit them on the web at www.advancedplating.com.