Salina company acquires 13 vintage record presses

KSN News (file)
KSN News

SALINA, Kansas (AP) — A Salina company that already presses about a million vinyl records a year has acquired 13 vintage presses that the owner says will double production.

Chad Kassem, owner of Quality Record Pressings, says he found the presses in Chicago and persuaded the long-time owner to sell them. They arrived in Salina in late February.

Kassem says the presses are in bad shape and will need a lot of repair. But once they are restored, they will double the company’s capacity, making it one of the largest vinyl-pressing companies in the country.

The Salina Journal reports Kassem recently expanded his plant to three shifts and he still can’t keep up with the increasing demand for vinyl records. He estimates he has an order backlog of three to four months.

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