Jack White's Third Man Pressing vinyl record plant started rolling with a pair of parties -- one public, one private -- over the weekend in his home town of Detroit.
White -- sporting a black pinstripe suit, yellow tie and yellow shoes -- hosted family, friends, other musicians and representatives from other vinyl pressing plants around the country at a VIP event on Friday night (February 24), then opened for the public on Saturday (February 25) with performances by the Mummies, the Oblivions and the Craig Brown Band.
The weekend also featured special red vinyl pressings of the first two White Stripes albums, yellow vinyl versions of debut albums by the Stooges and the MC5 and other titles.
State-of-the-art and environmentally friendly, Third Man Pressing is the first vinyl record plant in the U.S. to feature all new equipment in 35 years, with eight Newbilt presses from Germany.
White tells us that it was a dream to make record pressing a part of his Third Man operations:
"Everything at Third Man's been baby steps...We wanted to be a label that had their own pressing plant, which, it's been a long time since Capitol and Columbia and all those labels had their own pressing plants. Wanda Jackson told me a story and said, 'I couldn't get my records pressed because the Beatles were selling so well they wouldn't let me press my own record at Capitol,' and that was when I first started to say one day Third man's going to have at least a couple presses...So now we've got eight."
Third Man Pressing is currently operating one eight-hour shift that can produce 5,000 records an hour and hopes to expand in the near future.
Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit's historic Cass Corridor neighborhood.. The past year has been spent investing creative energy and passion into crafting a meticulously designed boutique vinyl record production facility with a unique customer experience, providing visual evidence to visitors of vinyl's beauty and importance.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.