Jack White's Third Man Pressing vinyl plant in Detroit is ready to get rolling on Feb. 25. Since announcing plans of opening the production facility back in late 2015, the company has been busy outfitting the plant with eight brand-new, energy efficient presses capable of pumping out 5,000 platters every eight hours.
The 10,000-square-foot record pressing plant is located behind White's Third Man Records store in Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood, and brings with it 50 new jobs to the area. The plant, which joins 20-or-so other similar facilities in the U.S, will press vinyl for Third Man releases but also take orders from outside labels. (Third Man Records will continue its relationship with United Record Pressing in Nashville, however.)
"The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records has left many small imprints, 'bedroom' labels, and independent artists without the ability to press small runs of records in reasonable amounts of time," the company notes in a press release. "Third Man Pressing aims to dedicate a percentage of its capacity each month to pressing records for clients of this ilk, alleviating the bottlenecking of the production caused by major label orders, and bringing more niche, regionally-interesting pressings from inspired individuals onto record shelves worldwide."