December 10, 2012

A Tour of Empire Metal Finishing

A few years ago, my television crew paid a visit to Empire Metal Finishing, Inc., located in Astoria, New York.  We shot a segment in this facility about how old metal pieces are stripped, restored, refinished, and repurposed.  Third generation owner, Michael Vetrone, explained that his family business was established in 1906.  The focus of the business is servicing high-end residential architects, fabricators, contractors, antique dealers, and interior designers.  Their main function is custom plating, polishing, metal restoration, and repair, as well as building custom pieces from scratch.  I had some rather worn silver plated trays that I found at a tag sale, which were in desperate need of refinishing.  I asked Michael if he could make them beautiful again and indeed, he did.

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