Kaneshii Vinyl is gering up for the official opening and September production launch of their vinyl record pressing facility. The Prince Edward Island-based company will serve as the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Founded by local entrepreneurs Gideon Banahene and Ghislaine Cormier, Kaneshii offers a one-stop-shop for record pressing and customized packaging.
The only boutique-style vinyl record pressing facility in Canada, Banahene and Cormier say Kaneshii pairs the latest technology in vinyl manufacturing with classic vinyl pressing techniques to create high-quality, hand-picked, hand-packaged products.
In March 2017, Cormier was awarded $10,000 after winning the RDÉE IPÉ’s 2017 Dragon’s Contest in Summerside, PEI. Additionally, the government contributed $39,220 to help cover the startup’s equipment and marketing-related expenses while The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided a $175,000 repayable contribution.
“It’s a great feeling to have the community you work with support your business,” says Cormier in an interview with the Journal Pioneer. “We’ve been working on this project for over two years, so it’s really great to see everything come together.”
In addition to tremendous support from their local community, Banahene and Cormier say Kaneshii has seen early interest from clientele in fellow Maritime Provinces, across Canada, the United States, and overseas.