News We Love Dept: Vinyl production continues to grow. Last week, The Nashville Scene reported the United Record Pressing plant, a mainstay of vinyl production since 1949, would be expanding its operations to a new 142,000-square-foot facility in South Nashville.
In a subsequent article in Billboard, United said the new facility, estimated to be the size of “two football fields,” would double the plant’s production capacity, and that the expansion would help the country’s largest vinyl manufacturer keep pace with strong market demand. As noted in a 2015 report on Nashville Public Radio’s site, United produces up to 40,000 records a day, which “account for about 30 to 40 percent of all vinyl records out there in stores,” according to United Record Pressing head of marketing Jay Millar.
United Record Pressing, tucked away in the quiet Nashville neighborhood known as Wedgewood-Houston, has made records by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Michael Jackson, John Coltrane, Taylor Swift, and The Beatles, whose first American single, “Please Please Me,” was pressed there in 1963.
And, as noted in The New York Times, the plant’s second-floor Motown Suite once provided a respite for African-American music executives and performers who were denied hotel rooms during an era of deep racial hostility in the South.
Acknowledging fears the plant on Chestnut Street would be repurposed or torn down, United Record Pressing made it clear on social media the company is committed to preserving the location in a way that honors its “important place in musical history.” Needless to say, all of this increasing-the-wax activity is quite heartily HRAC Approved.