Rob McMillan reported for ABC7 a story titled Vinyl record industry dealt setback after fire destroys key manufacturing facility in Banning.
« On Feb. 6, a three-alarm fire caused catastrophic damage to Apollo Masters in Banning, a facility that manufactures the lacquers that are used to make master discs in the vinyl manufacturing process. »
« To make a vinyl record, the vinyl needs to be stamped with a plate. And the lacquer is used to stamp the plate. Apollo Masters is one of the only producers of those lacquers… Until the issue is addressed, the record industry won’t be able to press new releases. »
« It’s not clear yet when or if Apollo will be able to rebuild the facility. »