Third Man Records to open pressing plant in February

Launch of vinyl manufacturing facility will be toasted with a party featuring live music, exclusive releases

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

When Jack White opened his Third Man Records retail outlet in the Cass Corridor in November 2015, much of the attention surrounding the store was focused on the back of the building, which was set to house a 10,000-square-foot vinyl record pressing plant.

That space, Third Man Pressing, will finally open on Feb. 25, and will become one of only around 20 vinyl pressing plants in the United States and a few dozen in the world.

To toast the launch, a party will be held at Third Man featuring live music, new and exclusive merchandise and exclusive presses of several LPs, including the White Stripes’ self-titled first album and the band’s sophomore set, “De Stijl.”

The news was announced Thursday via press release. The pressing plant will bring with it 50 new jobs, according to the release, and the plant will press records for both Third Man and outside labels.

The pressing plant will be visible to customers through a viewing platform at Third Man’s store seven days a week, according to the news release.

“You’ll be able to walk 10 feet and pull one of those records off the shelf and buy it,” Ben Blackwell, Third Man’s co-founder, told the News in 2015. “I don’t think that exists anywhere else in the world; I’m certainly unaware of it in the U.S.”

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