MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – Hundreds of new jobs are music to many ears at a Memphis-area company.
Memphis Record Pressing, which produces vinyl records at its Bartlett plant, is planning a $30 million expansion that will double its number of employees and make it the largest vinyl record maker in North America.
This expansion means new jobs as the company helps meet the demand of music lovers around the world.
” It’s a big problem. You know as well as anyone that vinyl records, you know, are all the rage again,” said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.
In Bartlett, Tennessee, Memphis Record Pressing has been putting their own spin on vinyl since 2014.
Mayor Keith McDonald is very excited about this development in Bartlett, which he says will add 172 jobs with an average salary of around $42,000 with benefits.
“It’s a very good achievement. I’m very grateful that Memphis Press is doing so well,” McDonald said. “They needed to grow. I’m glad that after their deliberation, they decided to expand where they were.
The mayor said the investment will mean more than $21 million will go to MRP’s headquarters on Brother Boulevard. They add 33,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 34 disc presses.
Two years ago, WREG spoke with Brandon Seavers, co-founder and CEO of MRP, about growing his business.
“We have gone from a regional to national business to a global business,” Seavers said. “So the demand for our services just skyrocketed.”
Last year, vinyl record sales hit $1 billion, a nearly 40-year high. It’s a request met by MRP as more and more fans crave the sound of a record needle hitting vinyl, including the mayor.
“I had a job at an AM radio station as a disc jockey, so the crackle that happens in vinyl, the vibe, the noise that vinyl makes. It’s a very different sound,” said Mayor McDonald.
The mayor also said Memphis Record Pressing will also be carrying out renovations worth more than $7 million to the company’s warehouse on Appling Center Drive.
It will operate as a packinghouse and could open in June.
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