Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit’s historic Cass Corridor neighborhood. The past year has been spent investing creative energy and passion into crafting a meticulously designed boutique vinyl record production facility with a unique customer experience, providing visual evidence to visitors of vinyl’s beauty and importance. Third Man Pressing is an investment in Third Man Records’ hometown, a neighborhood within a city both rich with musical history, creating a space that is as inspiring as it is prolific.
As the first label to operate a fleet of brand new, environmentally efficient pressing machinery within a purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure, Third Man Pressing minimizes water waste by using recycled water from the record curing process in the air conditioning system, thus creating the only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world. Each pressing station is outfitted with a digital touch screen control for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extruder speed, equaling increased control for the highly trained staff as well as a superior product. The plant was engineered to not only be environmentally sustainable, but also community sensitive with its innovative noise reduction construction techniques.
- Operating eight of the first newly built presses built in 35 years, plus four extruders, and four hydraulic generators — all brand new
- Presses can accommodate 12” LP’s or 7” singles according to demand
- Only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world
- All new, state-of-the-art pressing machinery and purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure
- Closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability
- Four high-efficiency hydraulic systems isolated in a dedicated, contained room
- Digital touch screen controls for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extrusion speed
- Engineered sound containment for minimal external noise pollution
- Built by audio and studio fabrication experts responsible for some of the most-lauded recording studios in the world
- Capacity estimated at 5000 records per 8 hour shift, with a current cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per record
- Competitive turnaround times
- Mural by Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok