13 Record Presses Discovered lying dormant in a Chicago Warehouse

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They say if you focus on your goal with an obsessive intent of fulfilling that goal, it will come to you, and sometimes in the most unexpected way, and that’s exactly what happened to Quality Record Pressing owner Chad Kassem in Kentucky, Chicago who had been hunting for months wanting to add to his business, vinyl press machines, to keep up with demand with QRP currently back-ordered three to four months.

Adding to his business 13 extra presses, which is likened to finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Kassem was alerted to the treasure trove by a fellow vinyl enthusiast, where the machines had been stored in a warehouse for over a decade.

“I heard from a guy in the business who told me there was somebody in Chicago who had some presses,” Kassem said. “The guy said he didn’t want to sell them.”

“He’d been getting about one call a month from somebody who wanted to buy them, and his answer was always, ‘No,’ ” Kassem said. “I told him if he was ever going to do anything, to do it now. I told him it was a crime to have that many presses not doing anything with all the demand for vinyl.”

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Hays over the year’s had been offered money for the in-demand presses but reneging all offers on the machines which were manufactured between 1968 and 1972 until now, sealing the fate and sale of the dormant machines to Chad Kassem because of his professionalism and passion for his own business saying –

Hays adds“Even though it breaks my heart to see them go,” Hays said, “it’s good to see them going to the right place and to someone who could do what I just could never get done.”

“He’d been getting about one call a month from somebody who wanted to buy them, and his answer was always, ‘No,’ ” Kassem said. “I told him if he was ever going to do anything, to do it now. I told him it was a crime to have that many presses not doing anything with all the demand for vinyl.”

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Including Kassem’s own pressing plant the U.S only has approximately 15 or so operational vinyl pressing plants, and with the upsurge in vinyl sales throughout the globe, demand for pressing has been at an all-time-high, “People all over the world are freaking out, trying to locate presses anywhere,” Kassem said, with Kassem’s own business about to operate in triple shifts, or 24 hour a day once the additional presses are restored, which could be up to a year in work, getting them back to working order, computer programmed to 2015 standards, once operational Kassem said, Quality Record Pressings will double its capacity to about 2 million records a year.

The presses were missing lots of parts, Kassem said, and “were in horrible shape. It was a risky thing — but it was what it was. I wasn’t going to go through all that with him. I gave him what he asked. He wasn’t naming a number just for sport, and he could have gotten mad and decided not to sell if I came back with a lower number. There’s just a few of these in the world.”

“This will make us the second- or third-largest record-pressing company in the country,” Kassem said. “I want to be No. 1 — but in quality.”

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courtesy of thirst4beats

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