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Third Man Records’ New Detroit Vinyl Plant: See Behind the Scenes

Custom-built German presses, an LP-themed mural and other highlights of Jack White’s stunning Cass Corridor facility

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See inside Third Man Records' state-of-the-art new Detroit vinyl plant.

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On Saturday, Jack White will expand his Third Man Records empire yet again by opening a new vinyl pressing plant in his hometown of Detroit. Housing “eight of the first newly built presses in 35 years,” the state-of-the-art Third Man Pressing facility will have the capacity to produce 5,000 records in one hour, and afford visitors the chance to observe the manufacturing process as it happens. According to the company, Third Man Pressing aims to “[bring] the tangible, the unexpected and the beautiful back into the business” of vinyl production.

Our photographer got an advance look at Third Man Pressing. Take a virtual tour via the gallery below.

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Third Man’s Detroit HQ

The historic neighborhood of Cass Corridor – also where Jack White went to high school – is now home to Third Man Records and Pressing.

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Main Pressing Area

During Rolling Stone’s visit to the plant, White Stripes reissues were being pressed on red vinyl.

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Newbilt Vinyl Press

One of Third Man’s custom-built, German-engineered presses. The plate on top and bottom holds the “stamper,” the mold that presses into the puck of hot vinyl.

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Ben Blackwell and Team

Third Man co-founder Ben Blackwell and others get one of the new presses set up and calibrated.

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Packing Facilities With Mural

The plant’s packing facilities are lined up in front of an LP-themed mural by Detroit artist Bob Sestok.

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On the Shelves

Third Man’s on-site store sells record players, branded accessories and, of course, all of the label’s vinyl releases.

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