Occupying part of a 10,000-square-foot warehouse space in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, Jack White and Ben Blackwell’s Third Man Records vinyl-pressing facility is finally in motion. The plant features two custom Newbilt vinyl presses for seven-inch records and six for pressing 12-inch records. All of the machines are manually operated—a departure from the industry norm. This has already led to 16 manufacturing jobs and Blackwell hopes to hire up to 50. “For Detroit to continue moving forward, you need to have different ideas,” Blackwell explained to Rolling Stone. As they print music from various labels and eras, this one idea is now preserving a beloved format, lots of Detroit musical history and making jobs along the way.
Jack White’s Vinyl-Pressing Plant in Detroit