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Detroit hosts inaugural vinyl manufacturing conference

A Third Man worker selecting a record to play for the production floor

Earlier this year, we reported about how Detroit was poised to become one of the premier cities for vinyl record manufacturing in America. This is taking place due to growing interest in records nationally, as well as the city being home to two of the roughly 20 vinyl pressing facilities left in the United States. 

And if a recent event is any indication, this distinction is being recognized. As the Metro Times reports, Detroit just hosted the first-ever vinyl industry conference. 

"Colonial Purchasing Co-Op put on its first ever vinyl conference, Making Vinyl, on Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit," writes Sara Barron. "Organizers said the goal was to bring together key players in the industry to discuss the resurgence of vinyl."
 
[Read Model D's article about vinyl manufacturing in Detroit]
Keynote speakers at the conference included Jack White, founder of Third Man Records and the White Stripes, and Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day, which takes place every year on April 21. 

Making Vinyl was well represented by industry professionals, and gave out a number of awards for vinyl cover art and packaging. 
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