John first got his training in electronics (which eventually led to his career in scales) in the Navy back in the 1970s. John is a Vietnam veteran and flew with a team of men in the US spy planes.
John worked for Phillips Scale Company in Seattle in the late 70s before moving his family to Alaska to start his own business, North Star Scale Service in 1980. John traveled all around Alaska and serviced anything from Safeway's grocery scales to truck scales at the state weigh stations.
In the mid-90s, John sold North Star Scale Service to Red Phillips of Phillips Scale Company. John became partial owner of Phillips Scale and continued to service many of the same clients he had worked with over the past years.
In 2002, John departed Phillips Scale Company and re-started North Star Scale Service where he continues to work with major fish processors and other clients around the state.
Duc Nguyen, a former Dutch Harbor resident, joins John on some of the busier trips.
Recently, John has started to work with his son, Joseph, who is still in high school. John has been bringing Joseph on some of his work trips, such as Dutch Harbor, when Joseph is on break. Like his father, Joseph is a natural and has real talent with fixing problem scales under the supervision of his father.
John Matich and North Star Scale Service have roots that run deep in Alaska!