The historic appeal of vinyl takes new meaning with the official opening this week of SunPress Vinyl in Miami. The plant, which had a soft launch last month, is housed in the former Final Vinyl factory, founded in the 1970s by reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs and located in Miami’s Opa-Locka neighborhood.
That SunPress set up shop in Miami was accidental. The pressing plant was supposed to open in Brooklyn, but when the company’s principals went to Miami to purchase pressing equipment at the old Final Vinyl, they found an unexpected piece of history.
“What we found were machines that delivered the immortal sounds of Bob Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and Toots and the Maytals,” said Dan Yashiv, SunPress’ principal, in a press release. “And they were housed in the legendary facility that produced records for the world renowned reggae label Studio One. We knew this is where we wanted to begin our operations.”