Vinyl Fans Rejoice: Kansas Plant Expands with 13 New Presses
Published Mar 03, 2015The more that the booming vinyl market expands, the more pressing plants struggle to keep up with demand. Luckily, Kansas factory Quality Record Pressings is stepping up operations by purchasing 13 new machines.
These machines were previously going unused in Chicago, where the former owner had hoped to start his own plant but didn't have the money to get it off the ground.
The purchase will allow Quality Record Pressings to catch up with its backlog of orders. Owner Chad Kassem said in a statement [via USA Today], "It was getting aggravating because everyone all over the world is looking for presses and I knew that without them, we simply couldn't deal with all the orders for vinyl we had on the books."
Once the new purchases are up and running, QRP will have 27 machines and be one of the biggest manufacturers in North America. As it is, the company already produces more than a million records per year, and Kassem promised, "We'll more than double our manufacturing capacity."
Kassem estimated that the presses date back to sometime between 1968 and 1972. They were last used in the '90s to manufacture bootleg 78s for sale in India.
This news comes a few months after Fat Possum Records launched its very own pressing plant.