| Peter Mario Boscariol
was born on August 15, 1932 in Fiume Veneto, Pordenone, Italy,
and was the youngest of the three children in the Boscariol family.
At the age of eighteen, Boscariol immigrated to Canada seeking
new opportunities and held various positions including tobacco
picking and labourer, before managing a billiards hall on Erie
Street. He later began working in a small chrome-plating operation
on Tuscarora Avenue in Windsor, Ontario.
In 1958, Boscariol married Ruth Mallo from Detroit, Michigan.
They had two children, Kim and Mark.
Rino Marcuzzi was born in Fiume Veneto, Italy and came to Canada with
his father at the age of 14. He attended Assumption college Highschool
and worked for a number of years at Border Tool and Die. In the early 1960's,
Windsor Chrome Plating on Glengary Ave, a small factory at which
Boscariol was employed, came up for sale. Seeing an opportunity,
Peter Boscariol, and his close friend, Rino Marcuzzi, purchased the business.
At the time the company chrome-plated small motorcycle
parts and repaired and replated four automobile bumpers a day
for local auto-body shops. In the early years the bumpers were
hand-dipped and chrome-plated in barrels.
As the business grew, it relocated to an industrial complex
on Crawford Avenue, and later secured contracts with Original
Equipment Manufacturers Parts (OEM) including bumpers and wheels
for General Motors, Chrysler and Ford Motor Company, as well
as other after market parts manufacturers. The company expanded
further and opened an additional factory on Ouellette Avenue,
known as Windsor Chrome Plating Limited.
In 1976, the company purchased the Burroughs Building at 804
McDougall Avenue, moved all the operations to this location and
consolidated the business under one name – Rustshield Plating
Rustshield successfully weathered the ups and downs of numerous
economic trends as a result of its innovations, including that
of one of the first automated hoist systems in Windsor and Essex
Rino Marcuzzi retired in 1990. Early in 1991, the company closed due
to recession and Boscariol bought out his partner's share of the
business. Later that year, the company reopened and was able to secure
work as economic conditions improved. Boscariol's son, Mark, purchased the
business from his father in 1992.
Peter Boscariol passed away in 1993 at the age of 60.
Rustshield Plating was sold to Flex ‘n Gate Corporation
in 1998. Today it is known as Chromeshield Plating Limited.