Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Third Man Records had unveiled a teaser video for its' new pressing plant in downtown Detroit. Now, the Nashville label has announced a definitive opening date for the plant as well as some details on the production capacity and opening day festivities.
The plant itself will open on February 25th in the same building as the Third Man retail store. Eight new vinyl presses comprise the production line. These are some of the first new vinyl presses produced in more than three decades. The facility is equipped to press both 12" and 7" vinyl of course, and will be cooled by a closed loop, chilled water system designed to reduce environmental impact. The press release for the plant also claims that Third Man will be able to churn out approximately 5000 records during a single eight hour shift.
On opening day, the plant will be open to the public for viewing and Third Man has announced some special vinyl editions to celebrate. The first two White Stripes albums, The White Stripes and De Stijl are being pressed on red vinyl and housed in jackets that will be screen printed on premises. There is also a reissue that's a part of the Detroit Gosepl Project, an archive multi-record series the label have planned as well as a Destroy All Monsters/Xanadu split 12".
Perhaps the best news here is that Third Man have announced that in addition to pressing records for their own label, they will be accepting work from outside labels. This move should help to improve access for smaller labels and bands to the vinyl market without prohibitively long wait times.
For those unable to make it to Detroit for opening day, there will be a viewing platform in the pressing plant that will be open seven days a week during the same hours as the The Third Man retail shop.