Metallica Buys Pressing Plant to Own Means of Production

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In an effort to make sure they continue to deliver vinyl copies of their beloved catalog to their fans, Metallica has purchased their very own vinyl pressing plant.

As reported by Blabbermouth, the band has bought the majority interest in Furnace Record Pressing, a vinyl pressing company that the band has worked with and is fond of.

Speaking to this acquisition, and referring to Furnace’s founder and CEO Eric Astor, COO Ali Miller, and VP-operations Mark Reiter, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shares the following comment:

“We couldn’t be more happy to take our partnership with Furnace — and Eric, Ali and Mark specifically — to the next level.”

Also in regard to this acquisition, Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield provides the following comment:

“Their indie spirit, the passion they have for their craft… culturally we’re kindred souls. Furnace has been great to Metallica and more importantly to our fans. This deepened relationship between Metallica and Furnace ensures that fans of vinyl everywhere, particularly our Fifth Members, will have continued access to high quality records in the future.”

What do you make of Metallica having their very own vinyl pressing plant? This seems to be a good sign for anyone interested in buying Metallica vinyl (for now the band can rely on their own pressing plant, rather than someone else’s).

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