This Nashville company has produced and pressed vinyl records since 1949. Originally named Southern Plastics, the name was changed to United Record Pressing in 1971. Early clients included Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, and even the first Beatles 7-inch record released in the United States. United Record Pressing also played a major role in the explosion of African American music and welcomed Motown and Vee Jay Records executives and artists during an era of Jim Crow and the injustice of legalized segregation. The company built an apartment above the factory for black producers and musicians alike who were in Nashville to record--but were often refused lodging or studio space. Known as the "Motown Suite" the apartment is available for tours and serves as a museum.