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Long-running vinyl pressing plant Rainbo Records is being forced to close after 80 years

Rent increases have forced the business to cease trading

Rainbo Records to close
Rainbo Records to close

California vinyl pressing plant Rainbo Record is to close its doors and end operations early next year.

The Los Angeles business has been running and pressing vinyl since 1939, also producing CD, DVDs and cassettes over the years, but a recent rent hike in its Canoga Park base has forced its owners to cease trading.

A letter from Rainbo Records President Steve Sheldon to the business' various clients revealed the news.

"After well over a year of trying to negotiate an agreement with our landlord to keep Rainbo on Eton Street, I am sorry to say that unfortunately we have been unsuccessful," the letter said. "Our landlord apparently has other plans for this building and has demanded that we vacate the space.

"It is with incredible sadness that I must announce to you that as of January 31, 2020 we must be out of the building and Rainbo after 80 years will no longer be in business. Rainbo will continue to operate through December to complete all orders that we have in house now."

Earlier this year, a new vinyl pressing plant opened in Canada called Clampdown Record Pressing.

Read DJ Mag's recent feature asking whether our vinyl obsessions can ever be environmentally friendly here.

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