The band Metallica has joined the plastics industry.
The hard rock band announced March 14 that it has purchased a majority share in Furnace Record Pressing of Alexandria, Va., a maker of vinyl records since 1996.
Metallica worked with Furnace previously to issue deluxe box set editions of its albums and said in the release it has enjoyed a "prolific and productive relationship, one rooted in a shared fiercely independent ethos and passionate dedication to quality."
Furnace has 12 Pheenix Alpha presses and two Finebilt presses. Sweden-based Pheenix opened in 2006 as a new generation of music fans began turning away from digital sound in favor of vinyl. It acquired the assets of the record pressing equipment company that began as AB Alpha in the 1930s.
With the investment, members of Metallica join Jack White as record manufacturing musicians. White's Third Man Records operates in Detroit and Nashville, using presses made by Germany's Newbilt Machinery.
"Welcome to the cause gents, and thank you for putting your money to amazing creative use," White wrote in a social media post. "Here's hoping the major labels will also see this as further proof, and finally start investing in themselves. Outstanding."