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Welcome to Furnace Record Pressing


Founded in 1996, Furnace has evolved with our customer’s needs. We still make CDs (yes, really) but today Furnace Record Pressing is known for high quality vinyl records. Our latest venture is our 50,000 square foot facility, opening in January 2018 with 16 presses.

Read on for what separates us from the rest.

Experience: We’ve been doing this for 20+ years. and we’re pretty good at it- we’re excited to see how we can get better in the next 20 and we want you on board. We care about the industry, and we care about doing it right. Between all of us, we've touched pretty much every part of this industry from playing in bands, to recording bands, to distributing records and of course buying records.

Customer Service: Furnace Record Pressing is what you've been looking for- a legit pressing plant who gives a shit. Hi. We pick up the phones, we know what we're doing and we care a lot. Everything we've built (online customer portals, obsessive knowledge of the industry, smart and fun team who can suggest things you never thought of) supports our customer-centric core value.

Capacity & Turn Time: We work hard to keep our teams small and scrappy, but Furnace’s pressing operation is anything but small- we’re capable of pressing close to 10m vinyl records a year. As if that wasn’t enough (it is) we offer pressing in Europe too. This translates to faster lead times and filling the world with happy customers.

One Stop Shop: Who has time for chasing down parts from 2 or 7 vendors for each project? Let Furnace handle all of the headaches. We offer a robust line of mastering, print, packaging and mailing services all under one roof. Jackets, Boxsets, Inserts, Download Cards and Hosting, Slipmats, Hedgehogs - we do it all.

Direct to the Source: At Furnace, pressing vinyl isn’t about cashing in or chasing a trend. Our owner has been pressing records since the 80’s and has been obsessed with machines, processes and controls all his life. This isn’t a hobby or a side project. This is vinyl manufacturing done right. We own and operate the machines so the buck stops with us.

Value: Furnace’s quick turns, responsive team and one-stop-shopping means you’ll spend less time and resources managing your vinyl production and more time on marketing, artist relations and eating / petting dogs / happy hours / hiking / knitting or whatever the hell the kids are doing these days. Time is money and we care about your time and your money.


Meet the Team


Eric Astor

Eric is the president and CEO. He’s our chief and if you hang out with him long enough (or for 20 minutes) you’ll hear how he started thinking about how to do things the BestFastestMostEfficient way when he was a kid collecting baseball cards. These days he leads the team here by example- working to constantly refine and improving what we can deliver. When he’s not at Furnace, he likes to surf, mountain bike and hang out with his two gigantic Bernese Mountain Dogs and his cool folklorist wife.

Ali Miller

Ali is the Vice President and not the Production Manager. She interviewed and accepted this job in 2008 because she was bored at her corporate office job. She’s never been bored since and is excited to see what the next ten years brings. She handles a little bit of everything at Furnace if you have a problem, she can fix it. Though surrounded by music every day, Ali used iTunes for the very first time (for non work related purposes) in July 2013. She has not used it since.

Mark Reiter

Mark is our Warehouse Manager. If our Lean Manufacturing program had a spokesmodel, it would be Mark. He can explain what it is, why it’s important and why you should care in 5 minutes or less. He runs a tight ship of an awesome team that has fun kicking ass and getting records out the door a little faster every time. Mark shares his non-Furnace home with wolves (ok, they're Siberian Huskies) and his awesome and slightly dangerous (MMA fighter) wife. Fun fact: Mark is the second drummer we hired (Eric is the first) and now we have five. Weird.

Jarett Minkoff

Jarett is our Director of Operations. Jarett is a for-real-adult who knows about things like “the 30,000 foot view” and “hitting the ground running” We’ve needed one of those around here for a long time. He’s pulling all the levers that will bring Furnace 3.0 to fruition and keep it humming. Ask him about the chair he invented before he joined the team.

Matt Sileno

Matt is our Director of Sales. We mostly hired him because he smelled really good (everyone noticed). It turned out to be a great decision because he’s also smart and positive and excited to make shit happen- all the things we value in our team. Matt has a pretty legit men’s grooming biz on the side. Probably why he smells good.

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The History of the Furnace Logo




There’s one member of the team who has worked here longer than Eric. It’s Furny, the welding dude who you may recognize because he is also featured in our logo. He was created in 2001 but born many years before that. He was pressing records before you were even born.

His physical form was conceptualized by Shepard Fairey, who you know from designs like André the Giant Has A Posse (OBEY) sticker collection and the Barack Obama “HOPE” poster for the 2008 US Presidential election. Fairey's non-Furnace works can been seen in similarly illustrious locales such the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

In addition to repping Furnace on all the official forms and publications, Furny has also appeared in costume as Johnny Cash, Santa Claus, and all four original members of KISS and most recently a 3-D bobblehead. He gets around

Furny himself does a lot more than represent Furnace. He’s a visionary in his own right. His side hustle is in the self help business. He wouldn’t call himself a guru, but his followers would. If the fire burns your feet, you’re doing it wrong. It’s not all work and no play though. Furny is semi-pro in night skateboarding. You’ve probably never heard of it. Maybe he’ll show you sometime.

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