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Third Man Records to Offer Guided Tours, Exclusive Vinyl at Grand Opening of Detroit Pressing Plant

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Jack White‘s Third Man Records is set to open their new Third Man Pressing plant in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, and to commemorate the occasion, they’ve planned a free event “filled with live music, freshly pressed all Detroit-centric limited edition vinyl, and tours.”

Third Man Pressing’s grand debut is scheduled for Feb. 25, and brings to fruition a project White made public in 2015. According to a press release, the facility marks a number of advancements for the vinyl market: not only does it add an array of sorely needed new presses to an overburdened sector of the music industry, but it claims to be the “only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world” with a “closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability.”

Once up to speed, the plant is reportedly capable of churning out 5,000 LPs an hour — a process visitors will be able to watch from the floor during the guided tours available during a portion of the business day. Tickets for the tour, available via the Third Man website, cost $20 and include “goodie bags.”

While tour tickets aren’t free, the Feb. 25 event — which is open to the public — carries no cost. The plant’s set to open at 10AM, with live music starting at 2:30, including sets from the Mummies, the Oblivians, and the Craig Brown Band. Third Man will also be selling “a great assortment of freshly pressed Detroit-centric LPs” that will only be available for purchase at the grand opening, including exclusive colored vinyl editions of albums by the White Stripes, the MC5, and the Stooges. For complete details, photos of the plant, and additional technical specs, visit Third Man’s site.

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