Way back in 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records announced plans to open its very own vinyl pressing plant. Now, that plan has come to fruition and the plant’s grand opening has a date: the 25th of February. Fittingly, the plant will be situated in be the Cass Corridor area of Detroit, long time spiritual home of the electrifying blues that has so influenced White. It’s big news for the record industry, too – vinyl presses are notoriously expensive, meaning that the eight new presses at the plant will be some of the first to have been built for around 35 years.
Established pressing plants have been over-saturated with demand recently, which is no surprise given the recent news that vinyl records could become a billion dollar industry this year. The fact that Third Man’s plant will be capable of pressing 5000 records in an eight hour period is good news, then, as it may give some much needed relief to other plants across the world. Third Man also claims the plant to be environmentally friendly, boasting an unusual closed-loop, chilled water system for maximum sustainability as well as being the only fully climate controlled plant in the world.
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In addition to a grand opening hosted by Jack White, there will also be a handful of limited edition records available exclusively at the plant’s storefront. In addition to red vinyl reissues of the first two White Stripes records, there will also a reissue of a rare 7″ EP by influential Detroit punks Destroy All Monsters and a Detroit Gospel reissue project.
The plant claims to bring “upwards of 50 new living wage jobs with benefits into Detroit” and also says that it will be fulfilling orders for outside labels, as well as handling all future Third Man Records releases. Third Man have also said that “The inner workings of Third Man Pressing will be on display during Third Man Records Cass Corridor business hours from the storefront’s open-to-the-public viewing platform 7 days a week, with employees always happy to answer questions about the process, and more in-depth tours available in the coming months for those interested.”
You can read the label’s full official announcement of the Plant here.