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There’s Nothing Quite Like Listening to Vinyl
Do you remember taking your first album out of its sleeve dropping it on a turntable and reading the liner notes for hours? We do.
We also remember cover art (and still think it’s ART) and exactly what we said to our friends the first time we saw a picture disc or a cool colored record come along. And like you, we probably ran down to the mom and pop store to pick up that week’s new releases.
You’ve landed on this page because you’re wondering why you should let Furnace MFG get hold of your vinyl pressing project. We don’t blame you – vinyl’s our baby and dollar to donuts, it’s yours, too. We’re happy to tell you why you should let us help you to look great and sound even better.
Audiophiles Who Make Vinyl for Other Audiophiles
Ever heard a crappy vinyl pressing? Frankly, we’ve got no room in our record collection for crap. We’re betting you don’t, either. As lovers of vinyl and everything it represents in music history, our childhoods, our memories and its present-day comeback, we don’t press crappy sounding vinyl. If some of the most prestigious record labels in the world trust us to make artists like Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Coltrane, Local Natives and John Doe sound good, maybe you can give us a swing with your next vinyl-flavored passion project, too.Back to Top
Who’s Talking About Furnace MFG’s Vinyl Pressing?
Sure, we press vinyl for rock stars, but we’re consistently recognized for our vinyl pressing. That doesn’t mean we just “do it” and happen to find a wayward reporter in need of a story – it means people really dig what we do and come find us to talk about it.
In February of 2010, Furnace MFG was named the “Virginia Small Business Success Story of 2009” by Virginia Business magazine (we even got a cover photo and in-depth profile). We’ve also been featured in The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal. And naturally, we’ve saved the best for last – we’ve proudly been named to the Inc. 5000 list for 2010 – an award reserved for the fastest-growing companies in the country.
Vinyl Pressing that Will Blow Your Mind – Have a Look
It’s time to check out what we have to offer you with our comprehensive vinyl pressing and packaging services. And while you’re there, don’t miss why we’re different than the other companies you’ll stumble upon across the world wide web. We’ll stand by our quality, our eco-friendly processes and materials, our turn time and most importantly – YOUR SOUND – any day of the week. In this period of dwindling physical sales, the explosive growth vinyl is a ray of hope for most bands and labels. It’s our mission to press the highest quality records available so your fans keep coming back for more instead of scratching their heads and wondering why they are paying more for a record that sounds worse than the MP3 they can steal off the internet.Back to Top
Meet the Furnace MFG Team
Eric Astor – President and CEOAs a music industry veteran with decades of experience running record labels, distribution companies and as a touring musician, Eric realized over the years that it was difficult for independent artists to find a company that could duplicate CDs and press Vinyl at a fair price with good service. And not only good service – consistent quality that meant clients never had to wonder if their order would meet expectations and make THEM look good. Eric founded Furnace MFG with these goals in mind and has since built the company into a national leader in media duplication and acts as our beacon, paving new roads in sales and product development.
Fun Fact: Eric pressed his first vinyl record in 1986 for his record label Step Forward Records. He later went on to found Art Monk Construction in the early 90’s, a seminal indie-rock label with releases by Lincoln, Hoover, Iceburn, Karate, Darkest Hour and many others.
Ali Miller – Production ManagerAs a seasoned professional in all that is vinyl, Ali manages every detail of our manufacturing processes and the staff that gets your order from our facility to your door. With five years in the business under her belt, she’s Furnace’s go-to gal for everything from job scheduling to customer service. Her dedication to your order is what keeps our customers coming back and we’re delighted she’s dedicated to us in return.
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The History of the Furnace Logo
What a long, strange journey it's been...
You're talking about our logo right? My it's handsome. Why not take a moment to admire it and reflect upon the road it took to get here? The first Furnace logo was created in 1996 and it certainly doesn't look a whit like its modern-day counterpart. As Furnace has evolved over the last two decades, so has the logo. From an austere, monochrome tribute to the digital age to a retro-modern tribute to the resurgence of vinyl, the Furnace logo has always depicted the company climate of Furnace.
And what's with that welding dude?
Oh you mean Furny? I'm glad you asked. Furny was conceived in 2001 and has held a place of honor in our logo ever since. Furny was notably conceptualized by design wunderkind Shepard Fairey, who has gained notoriety in the public sphere for such designs as the André the Giant Has A Posse (OBEY) sticker collection and the Barack Obama “HOPE” poster for the 2008 US Presidential election. Aside from the Furnace logo, Fairey's works can been seen in other 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.
Furny himself has appeared in other places besides the logo. Since his public debut 10 years ago, he has appeared in marketing campaigns, on posters and flyers, in newspapers and magazines, and on glassware. Aside from his classic style of “Furny casual,” he has also appeared in costume as Johnny Cash, Santa Claus, and all four original members of KISS. He has traveled the globe, driven a Smart car, and been the object of paparazzi scandal.
Furny's appearances on the Furnace logo have varied widely as well. In 2005, he appeared in a new logo to promote Furnace's first online duplication shop. His most recent iteration appeared in 2010 to celebrate our sponsorship of Record Store Day. Perhaps his next logo will celebrate the first welding-themed company mascot to land on the moon. As Furnace continues to evolve and continue its pursuit of high-quality media manufacturing with premium customer service, only time will tell.
So many people have raved about our logo and have asked if they can buy a t-shirt or some other merchandise just to get their hands on our logo! Stay tuned, we’re working on adding some products for sale to our website. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send an announcement when we’ve got some things up for sale!
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