Serving The Trade For Over Eighty Years

The success of Angelus Plating Works, Inc. has been due primarily to the dreams and efforts of its founders.  In 1933, John Kebajian (1893-1969) started a plating business in a small shop in the back of a poultry store in Los Angeles, California.  Two years later, his brother-in-law, Nishan Amerian (1910-1991),  joined him as a partner.  In 1936, the company was moved to a new location in Los Angeles (pictured at left), where it remained for 22 years.
Together, the two worked hard to expand their business.  The picture at left shows Nishan (far left) and John (far right) taking a hands-on approach to their work in 1937.  During its formative years in the 1940s, Angelus Plating Works was involved solely in the plating business.  Items such as bicycle racks, barbecue grills, shopping carts, barstools, and table legs were routinely brought in to be chrome plated.
The plant also began to plate several items in the automotive industry, such as headlight reflectors, front grilles, and bumpers.  Items began to be manufactured at the plant as well.  One of the earliest examples of this is pictured at left.  This automobile certificate holder was designed for easy attachment to any steering column or sun visor.
In the early 1950s, Angelus Plating Works would begin to chrome plate the item that would soon become its sole source of business:  the exhaust extension.  Several manufacturers of these tips came to Angelus for quality chrome plating of their goods.  Realizing the potential for expansion, John and Nishan quickly bought out one of the original manufacturers of the tips, and began to produce and plate the items themselves.  The picture at left shows one of the earliest price sheets Angelus published.  This sheet included the new custom curvex design.  Invented by Nishan, this turn down style is now a standard in the industry throughout the world. 
By 1955, Angelus Plating Works had expanded to include a new building in Gardena, California that would serve as a manufacturing base.  The tips were fabricated at this plant, and then shipped back to the plating shop in Los Angeles.  In 1958, a fire destroyed the original building, and the company was formally moved to its present location in Gardena.  This facility was immediately expanded again to include the plating operations, and is pictured at left.
For the next 40 years, Angelus Plating Works began to concentrate its business on manufacturing and plating exhaust extensions.  By the end of the 1960s, this transition was complete, and the company became the premier supplier of quality chrome tips.  From just over 10 stock numbers in the early 1950s, the full line of chrome and stainless steel tips has grown to include over 150 variations today.  John Kebajian retired in 1959.  Nishan Amerian presided over the company until his death in 1991.
The year 2000 saw the business expand even further, as an adjacent property was acquired for warehousing purposes.  Angelus Plating Works currently operates under the guidance of Nishan's grandson Jerry Bozajian, and longtime employee Robert Urrea.


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