Vinyl's back, baby.
Major recording artists are singing the praises of vinyl albums, sending record-pressing companies into overdrive to overcome a burgeoning production backlog. It's a plastic explosion.
In April, four companies announced they are planning major expansions to keep up with consumers' and artists' demand for the distinctive sound — some say the texture — of vinyl records. Or, as one expanding record presser phrased it, "to feel the humanity in a record."
Memphis Record Pressing LLC launched a $30 million expansion that will triple the company's production space and double its staff — a move it claims will make it the largest vinyl record maker by volume in North America. MRP will be able to produce 125,000 records a day, the company said in a news release.
"This expansion will provide much-needed relief to the enormous backlog in the vinyl industry that's been driven by historic and unprecedented consumer demand," MRP co-founder and CEO Brandon Seavers said in the release.
The expansion includes construction of a 33,000-square-foot press operation next to MRP's headquarters in Bartlett, Tenn., and renovation of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse 13 miles away in Memphis proper. The warehouse will allow the company to greatly expand packaging operations and should open in June.