Records are being pressed in Chicago for the first time in over 20 years



A long overdue vinyl manufacturing hub in the Windy City.

A new record pressing plant called Smashed Plastic has opened in Chicago, reports the Chicago Reader.

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Housed in Workshop 4200 (fka the Hammond Factory), Smashed Plastic currently operates one Viryl Technologies’ WarmTone press, with the scope to add two more should the plant expand.

Smashed Plastic began its soft launch in October, with an official opening scheduled for January. The company plans to focus on shortening wait times for independent labels and bands.

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