Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman

Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman

Profile:
A vinyl and compact disc manufacturing facility that operated in Pitman, New Jersey from 1961 until 2011.

History:
Designed by the Minoru Yamasaki on a 72-acre site, CBS Inc. (Columbia) opened the plant on May 17, 1961 as a high capacity vinyl production facility operated on two shifts by staff of 300 employees managed by Joe Massimino.

In the fall of 1986, CBS Inc. announced that it would convert the plant to compact disc manufacturing by 1988 and would reach an annual production goal of 20 million units while consolidating its US vinyl manufacturing business to the Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA facility.

In 1988, it became part of the Sony Corporation when it acquired CBS Inc.'s music business, which ultimately realigned it as a part of the Sony DADC network. During this time it grew into a 500,000 square foot complex with a purported average monthly output of 18 million CDs.

Sony DADC closed the facility in early 2011 and migrated Pitman's compact disc manufacturing operations to the Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute facility. At the time of the Pitman plant's closure, its average daily output had decreased to 16,000 CDs.

Pitman Vinyl Pressing Identifiers:
- CPFR,
-PIT etched (See profile image)
-P hand-etched (and in a rather big size) instead of machine-stamped as up to 1981-82. (See image)
-P or p or CP - Stamped. Pitman, NJ (see image]
-On Capitol Records contract pressings, the number 54 in the runout and a large sized pressing ring on the labels.

Pitman CD Pressing Identifiers:
On CDs (1989 or later): "CMU P nn" (or "CMU P nnn") mould stamp in large font on inner plastic ring, readable from label side, or "P nn" (or "P nnn") in small font near the hole. (nn or nnn may be any number.) These codes should be added as Other Identifiers, but not Catalog Numbers, because they are not unique.
Note: After Sony's acquisition the plant was converted to CD manufacturing only, to make more CDs for CBS (now fully owned by Sony), but the discs looked very similar to WEA Mfg discs, except they had "CMU" in the plastic hub. This plant is known as Sony DADC SDM (Sony Disc Mfg). These different looking discs continued into the 90s, when Sony replaced the lines with the same ones DADC uses, so the discs were identical to DADC's other plants.

Miscellaneous:
Customatrix, a division of CBS Inc.'s Columbia vinyl manufacturing operations, handled the making of metal parts (e.g. mothers, stampers) for many pressings by Columbia's plants, including those used at the Pitman facility. However, parts from other companies, such as Longwear Plating were also used.

The Pitman Plant was known to have pressed for:
-Pitman pressings on PolyGram labels (such as Mercury, Polydor, RSO and Casablanca) from 1979-80 were indicated by a '56' code on the label.
-ECM product (ECM Records) was pressed by Columbia Pitman plant only in the period when Polydor distributed that label.
-A&M Records
-ATCO Records
-ABC Records
-White Whale
-K-Tel - indicated by a '16' code on the label.
-Gordy with metal parts supplied by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
-Blue Thumb Records

The below A&M Records label codes also contribute to pressing plant identification which include the Pitman plant and others;
X = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
Y or y = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
Z = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
W = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA
C = Monarch Record Mfg. Co. (pre-1985), Electrosound Los Angeles (1985-86)
B = Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
R = RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Contact Info:
Lambs & Woodbury Roads
Pitman, NJ 08071
USA
(609) 589-8000
(Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:
[l447694]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Unknown Artist Learn German In Record Time(2xLP + Box) Institute For Language Study US 1958 Sell This Version
Various Teen Idols(2xLP, Comp, Pit) Warner Special Products US 1980 Sell This Version
001 Pere Ubu The Modern Dance(LP, Album) Blank Records (2) 001 US 1978 Sell This Version
1CD 8126 Various This Is Your Country: Today's Greatest Hits & Stars(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8126 US 1991 Sell This Version
2 BR 6952 Todd Rundgren Todd(2xLP, Album, Pit) Bearsville, Bearsville 2 BR 6952 US 1974 Sell This Version
2BS 2923 Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll (Comp) 2BS 2923 US 1979 Sell This Version
2BS 3140 Little Feat Waiting For Columbus(2xLP, Album, Club, Col) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 3140 US 1978 Sell This Version
2BX 2066 Todd Rundgren Something / Anything?(2xLP, Album, Pit) Bearsville 2BX 2066 US 1972 Sell This Version
2C 0141 Gregg Allman With Cowboy (6) / Boyer* & Talton* Gregg Allman With Cowboy (6) / Boyer* & Talton* - The Gregg Allman Tour (2xLP, Album) Capricorn Records 2C 0141 US 1974 Sell This Version
2C 064-92167 Three Dog Night Naturally(LP, Album) Probe 2C 064-92167 France 1970 Sell This Version
2CH 1035 Jethro Tull Living In The Past(2xLP, Comp, Har) Reprise Records, Chrysalis 2CH 1035 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CH-1514 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade(2xLP, Comp, RE, Pit) Chess 2CH-1514 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CP 0102 The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach (Album) 2CP 0102 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CP 0139 Duane Allman An Anthology Vol. II(2xLP, Comp, Pit) Capricorn Records 2CP 0139 US 1974 Sell This Version
2CX 0132 Allman Brothers Band* Beginnings(2xLP, Album, Comp, Gat) Capricorn Records 2CX 0132 US 1974 Sell This Version
2FS 1019 Frank Sinatra Sinatra At The Sands(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2FS 1019 US 1966 Sell This Version
2HS 3350 Fleetwood Mac Tusk(2xLP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records 2HS 3350 US 1979 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2PS 606/7 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (Comp) 2PS 606/7 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2RS 2237 Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold(2xLP, Comp) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2RS 2237 US 1975 Sell This Version
2RS 6307 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(2xLP, Album, 2 t) Reprise Records 2RS 6307 US 1968 Sell This Version
2RS 6334 Pentangle Sweet Child(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records 2RS 6334 US 1968 Sell This Version
2RS 6484 The Beach Boys In Concert(2xLP, Album, Pit) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) 2RS 6484 US 1973 Sell This Version
2 SFS 6012 Richie Havens Richie Havens On Stage(2xLP, Album + 7", Single) Stormy Forest 2 SFS 6012 US 1972 Sell This Version
2SR 3590 Talking Heads The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads(2xLP, Album, Pit) Sire 2SR 3590 US 1982 Sell This Version
2T-541 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars(2xLP, Album, Gat) 20th Century Records 2T-541 US 1977 Sell This Version
2 THS 12/13 The Moody Blues This Is The Moody Blues (Comp) 2 THS 12/13 US 1974 Sell This Version
2WB 3500 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Live(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2WB 3500 US 1980 Sell This Version
2WS 1868 The Association (2) "Live"(2xLP, Album, San) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 1868 US 1970 Sell This Version
2WS1935 Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 2WS1935 US 1971 Sell This Version
2WS 2701 Deep Purple Made In Japan (Album) 2WS 2701 US 1973 Sell This Version
2XS 6329 Lenny Bruce The Berkeley Concert(2xLP, RP, Gat) Reprise Records, Bizarre Records 2XS 6329 US Unknown Sell This Version
2Z8-2773 Dan Hartman Instant Replay(12", Single, P) Blue Sky 2Z8-2773 US 1978 Sell This Version
2Z8 3671 Edwin Birdsong Phiss-Phizz / Goldmine(12", Single, Promo) Philadelphia International Records 2Z8 3671 US 1979 Sell This Version
2Z8 3682 The Jones Girls You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else(12", Single) Philadelphia International Records 2Z8 3682 US 1979 Sell This Version
2Z8 3692 Dexter Wansel I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco)(12", Single) Philadelphia International Records 2Z8 3692 US 1979 Sell This Version
2Z8 3697 Frantique Strut Your Funky Stuff(12", Promo) Philadelphia International Records 2Z8 3697 US 1979 Sell This Version
2Z8-4279 Sarah Dash Sinner Man(12", Single) Kirshner 2Z8-4279 US 1978 Sell This Version
3 Freddie Munnings & His Silver Slipper Orchestra Calypso And Goombay Rhythms(LP, Album, RE) Bahama Records, Bahama Records 3 Bahamas, The Unknown Sell This Version
# 4 The Youngbloods Ride The Wind(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Raccoon # 4 US 1971 Sell This Version
4R9-04971 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun(12") Portrait 4R9-04971 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-05106 The Limit (2) Say Yeah(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05106 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05172 The Elvis Brothers Don't Take My Guns Away(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05172 US 1985 Sell This Version
4S-45110 Ronnie Dyson Why Can't I Touch You? / Girl Don't Come (Single) 4S-45110 US 1970 Sell This Version
4S-45127 Chicago (2) Make Me Smile / Colour My World (Single) 4S-45127 US 1970 Sell This Version
4S-45138 Freddy Weller Listen To The Young Folks(7", Mono, Promo, Styrene) Columbia, Columbia 4S-45138 US 1970 Sell This Version
4S-45150 Raiders (2) Gone Movin' On / Interlude (To Be Forgotten)(7", Single) Columbia 4S-45150 US 1970 Sell This Version
4V9 42685 Billy Idol White Wedding(12") Chrysalis 4V9 42685 US 1982 Sell This Version
4V9 42708 Toni Basil Street Beat(12") Chrysalis, Radialchoice, Virgin 4V9 42708 US 1983 Sell This Version
4V9 42741 Deborah Harry Rush Rush(12", Promo) Chrysalis 4V9 42741 US 1983 Sell This Version
4V9 42754 Toni Basil Over My Head(12") Chrysalis 4V9 42754 US 1983 Sell This Version
4V9 42878 Pat Benatar Invincible (Theme From The Legend Of Billie Jean) (Extended Remix)(12") Chrysalis 4V9 42878 US 1985 Sell This Version
4V9 42937 Paul Hardcastle Just For Money (Extended Version)(12", M/Print) Chrysalis 4V9 42937 US 1985 Sell This Version
4V9 42992 The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn(12", Single) China Records, Chrysalis 4V9 42992 US 1986 Sell This Version
4V9 43023 Wild Blue International Language Of Dance(12") Chrysalis 4V9 43023 US 1986 Sell This Version
4W8 5309 Revelation (2) Feel It(12") Handshake Records And Tapes 4W8 5309 US 1980 Sell This Version
4W9 02237 Barbara Mason Let Me Give You Love(12") WMOT Records 4W9 02237 US 1981 Sell This Version
4W9 02605 Count Coolout Here To Stay (Me And My Double R.R.)(12", Promo) WMOT Records 4W9 02605 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z8 3103 Jean Carn Was That All It Was(12", Single) Philadelphia International Records 4Z8 3103 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8 3701 Archie Bell And The Drells* Strategy(12", Promo) Philadelphia International Records 4Z8 3701 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8 3714 The Force (8) The Dirty Dog(12", Promo) Philadelphia International Records 4Z8 3714 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8-5520 Lalo Schifrin No One Home(12", Single, Promo) Tabu Records 4Z8-5520 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z9-02636 The Love Unlimited Orchestra* Presents Mr. Webster Lewis* The Love Unlimited Orchestra* Presents Mr. Webster Lewis* - Night Life In The City(12", Promo) Unlimited Gold 4Z9-02636 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 02961 Cerrone Back Track(12") Pavillion 4Z9 02961 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 04236 Ryan Paris Dolce Vita(12", Promo) Carrere 4Z9 04236 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04312 Matthew Wilder Break My Stride(12") Private I Records 4Z9 04312 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04951 Tyrone Brunson Fresh(12", Promo) Believe In A Dream 4Z9 04951 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04956 Lady Jane I'm Your Lover 4Z9 04956 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04978 Rich Cason And The Galactic Orchestra Street Symphony(12", Promo) Private I Records 4Z9 04978 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05000 The O'Jays Extraordinary Girl(12", Promo) Philadelphia International Records 4Z9 05000 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05006 Yvonne Gage Doin' It In A Haunted House(12") Chycago International Music (C.I.M.) 4Z9 05006 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05042 Kids At Work Sugar Baby(12", Promo) CBS Associated Records, Sound Of New York 4Z9 05042 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05073 Kids At Work Sugar Baby(12") CBS Associated Records, Sound Of New York 4Z9 05073 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05078 The Staple Singers Slippery People(12", Single) Private I Records 4Z9 05078 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05080 Earl Flint People Hold On(12") Panda Records (7), CBS Associated Records 4Z9 05080 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9-05085 Bloodstone Bloodstone's Party(12") T-Neck 4Z9-05085 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05130 Lorenzo Lamas Smooth Talker(12") Scotti Bros. Records 4Z9 05130 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9-05136 Eleanor Grant Don't Stop (Til You Get Enough)(12") Catawba Records, CBS Associated Records 4Z9-05136 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05145 Robey One Night In Bangkok(12", Promo) Silver Blue Records 4Z9 05145 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05190 The Dealers (2) Don't Keep Me Waiting(12", Promo) CBS Associated Records, Mosaic (2) 4Z9 05190 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05241 Juicy Bad Boy(12") Private I Records 4Z9 05241 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05293 R.O.A.R. We Gotta Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05293 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05332 Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love(12", Pic) Tabu Records 4Z9 05332 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05364 The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05364 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9-05972 Contact (19) Don't Let Me Down(12") CBS Associated Records 4Z9-05972 US 1986 Sell This Version
5E-507 The Cars Candy-O(LP, Album, Club, Pit) Elektra, Elektra 5E-507 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-564 Queen Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, Club, AR) Elektra 5E-564 US 1981 Sell This Version
5N-216 Olympic Runners Grab It(7") London Records 5N-216 US 1974 Sell This Version
5N-235-DJ Nature Zone Porcupine / Rhythm (Will Keep Us Together)(7", Promo) London Records 5N-235-DJ US 1976 Sell This Version
5N-247-DJ Olympic Runners Say What You Wanna But It Sure Is Funky(7", Mono, Promo) London Records 5N-247-DJ US 1977 Sell This Version
5N-249DJ Hodges, James And Smith Situation(7", Mono, Promo) London Records 5N-249DJ US 1977 Sell This Version
5N-255-DJ April Wine You Won't Dance With Me(7", Single, Mono, Promo) London Records 5N-255-DJ US 1976 Sell This Version
5N 271 DJ Tommy Hoehn Losing You To Sleep(7", Single, Mono, Promo) London Records 5N 271 DJ US 1978 Sell This Version
5N 272 DJ Hodges, James & Smith* What Have You Done For Love ?(7", Mono, Promo) London Records 5N 272 DJ US 1978 Sell This Version
5N 273 The Moody Blues Driftwood(7", Single) London Records 5N 273 US 1978 Sell This Version
5N-2274 Al Green Sha-la-la (Make Me Happy) / School Days (Single) 5N-2274 US 1974 Sell This Version
5N-2282 Al Green L-O-V-E (Love)(7") Hi Records 5N-2282 US 1975 Sell This Version
5N-2288-DJ Al Green Oh Me Oh My (Dreams In My Arms) (7", Promo) Hi Records 5N-2288-DJ US 1975 Sell This Version
5N-2306-DJ Al Green Let It Shine(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Hi Records 5N-2306-DJ US 1976 Sell This Version
5N-2324 Al Green Love And Happiness(7", Single, Styrene) Hi Records 5N-2324 US 1977 Sell This Version