TUFF GONG REVIVES VINYL MANUFACTURING
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 19, 2017
Tuff Gong International is relaunching its vinyl manufacturing operations, after years of inactivity.
Based in Kingston Jamaica, Tuff Gong has partnered with U.S. company Sunpress Vinyl, bases in Miami, Florida – which is housed in Reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs’ former Final Vinyl factory.
Tuff Gong is currently undergoing major renovations to restore its vinyl printing service and will officially re-open in the spring. Until then, Sunpress will fill current orders for Tuff Gong’s clients.
The move to revive its vinyl manufacturing, came after Tuff Gong saw an increased demand from musicians, DJs, and labels across the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Bob Marley founded Tuff Gong in 1965, as a one-stop record production facility, where artists could record music and have it pressed on vinyl at the same place.
Tuff Gong’s general manager Marie Bruce said: “The interest in owning music in vinyl format has experienced eight consecutive years of growth, and Tuff Gong is happy to rejoin this movement”.
Vinyl records sales hit a 25-year high in 2016 – and industry reports estimate the resurgence of vinyl is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry.