|Founded||Athens, Georgia, 2017|
|Founder||Ryan Lewis, Daniel Geller, Cash Carter, Bill Fortenberry|
|Country of origin||United States|
Kindercore Vinyl (KCV) is a vinyl pressing plant based in Athens, Georgia, which was founded in 2017 by Ryan Lewis, Daniel Geller, Cash Carter, and Bill Fortenberry. Kindercore has pressed records for Sufjan Stevens, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Lambchop, Drivin N Cryin, Sugar Candy Mountain, Cindy Wilson, Lingua Franca, and many more. Kindercore uses the new WarmTone press engineered by Viryl Technologies which are more environmentally friendly compared to old presses.
Kindercore was originally founded as a record label in 1996 by Ryan Lewis and Daniel Geller. In 2017 Kindercore was revamped as a vinyl pressing plant with Cash Carter and Bill Fortenberry joining the team. Each founder has decades of experience in the music industry; Lewis and Geller ran Athens indie label Kindercore Records, Fortenberry has engineered numerous records, Carter owned a record store, and all four spent years as touring musicians. With their varied and extensive backgrounds, they are uniquely familiar with the challenges facing labels, artists, and consumers amid the vinyl resurgence, which saw a 26% sales increase in 2016. Kindercore began operation in July 2017 and is the only vinyl pressing plant in Georgia and is one of twenty in the United States. The plant began taking orders in August 2017. As of February 2018, Kindercore has shipped out over 17,000 records and is planning on pressing 3,000 records a day.
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