As the vinyl revival keeps growing every year, the world’s busiest vinyl pressing company is close to opening a new plant.
United Record Pressing — the Nashville manufacturer behind Jack White‘s Lazaretto, the best-selling vinyl album of 2014 — said last May it was bringing 16 presses back online to meet demand. Yesterday, United announced that while it’s no longer taking new customers, it plans to open a new plant in “a few months.”
In a statement on its website, the company said “the overwhelming surge in demand for vinyl records” would likely keep it from accepting new clients through March. “The good news,” the statement reads, “is that we are now only a few months from opening our second plant in Nashville — and eventually almost tripling our capacity.”
The announcement comes shortly after the Fat Possum Records label unveiled its own vinyl pressing plant just outside of Memphis. The new Memphis Record Pressing has nine presses and will press records for Fat Possum along with other labels, including partners with Sony’s RED Distribution.
Vinyl albums set a new sales record for a seventh straight year last year, at least for the Nielsen SoundScan era, which began in 1991. There were 9.2 million vinyl albums sold, according to Nielsen, up 51 percent from 2013. Lazaretto sold almost 87K in the United States, according to White’s website.
Admittedly, new vinyl sales are still only tiny fraction of the overall music industry, but with only a limited number of vinyl presses still working, any increase in capacity should make it easier for bands and listeners to order new records.
You can read United Record Pressing’s full statement below.