Tuff Gong to relaunch vinyl services

January 19, 2017
Tuff Gong Studios
Marie Bruce

Tuff Gong International has announced it will be relaunching its vinyl manufacturing services in February as part of a partnership with Sunpress Vinyl.

In a press release sent to THE STAR, General Manager of Tuff Gong International Marie Bruce said Tuff Gong is happy to rejoin the vinyl movement.

"Bob Marley's vision was a one-stop record production, manufacturing and distribution facility. The interest in owning music in vinyl format has experienced eight consecutive years of growth, and Tuff Gong is happy to rejoin this movement," she said.

Tuff Gong's vinyl factory on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston is slated to undergo renovations over the next several months.

In the interim, the company has advised that pressing orders can be placed online, with fulfilment handled via Sunpress' South Florida location.

Tuff Gong's vinyl pressing factory is said to be the most popular in the Caribbean. Its high-grade product is known to attract clients from all over the world, some as far away as Europe and Asia.

Based in Miami, Florida, SunPress Vinyl is housed in the former Final Vinyl factory, founded in the 1970s by reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs.

As the US base of Gibbs' operations and later Studio One's Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's main pressing facility, the plant issued classic works by Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott.

Sales of vinyl records have been on the rise in recent times, with 2016 recording the most sales in 28 years.

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