Greening Car Company
It has become more popular recently that hot rod shops will hold an open house in the days before a major car show comes to their hometown. Such is the case with the Goodguys Nashville Nationals and Greening Car Company.

Greening, run by the father/son team of Jeff and Jesse Greening, has built an impressive list of award-winning cars and has recently expanded their business to include their own line of parts and wheels. Put “on the map” after they built the winner of the 2001 Ridler award for Paul Atkins, the team moved from where they started in Cullman, Alabama, to Nashville four years ago, and it's been gung ho ever since.

Their shop is 15,000 square feet and includes CNC machines and a semi-downdraft paint booth. They took the opportunity on the Wednesday night before the show to debut a few of their recent builds, provide some entertainment, and host a couple of lunch trucks that served both Southern and Korean food. This was the first year for the Greenings to have an open house, so we imagine this function will only get larger in the years to come.

Advanced Plating Open House
Chances are good that you have some chrome parts on your car that came from Advanced Plating. If not, there's also a chance you have some in your home, as Advanced Plating is a diverse chrome plating shop that has many different commercial accounts—everything from Gibson and Fender guitars to General Electric.

For the past couple of years, owner Steve Tracy has thrown open the doors to his 60,000-square-foot facility, brought in a band, and provided some excellent grub, as their open house served as the official kick-off party to the Goodguys event that weekend.

Some chrome shops you visit are pretty grubby because of the nature of the business (with metal polishing and acid dipping), but Advanced Plating is spotless, and it's an obvious result of the care and attention they put forth in their work.

With the disastrous flood that hit Nashville in 2010, Advanced was submerged under 59 inches of water, but they rebuilt and are now back and operating at peak performance, which is good news for all of us who like shiny stuff on our cars!