Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Salina Company to Refurbish, Use 13 Vintage Record Presses

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Salina Company to Refurbish, Use 13 Vintage Record Presses

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Quality Record Pressings owner Chad Kassem said the presses, which have missing parts and were rusted, were still a big find because vinyl-pressing companies are searching desperately for any such machines. He found the owner in Chicago, persuaded him to sell and the presses arrived in late February.

"People all over the world are freaking out, trying to locate presses anywhere," Kassem said.

Quality Record Pressings already produced about one million records a year. If the production is doubled, the company will be the second- or third-largest vinyl-pressing company in the U.S., The Salina Journal reported.

About 9.2 million vinyl albums were sold in the United States last year, up from 6.1 million in 2013, according to Nielsen Music. Kassem recently expanded his plant to three shifts and still can't keep up with the increasing demand for vinyl records, estimating his order backlog is three to four months.

The presses, which are from three different manufacturers, will take some time to restore. …

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