Malaco Records begins clean up after tornado - - Jackson, MS

Malaco Records begins clean up after tornado

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Demolition has started at Malaco Records after an EF2 tornado with winds of around 120 miles per hour ripped through the Northside Drive compound.

Employees at the independent record label spent Sunday cleaning up and salvaging what they could, while walls, damaged in the tornado, were torn down.

One of Malaco's founders, Wolf Stephenson, was inside a building with 15 employees. They all took cover and thankfully no one was hurt. But two of the three buildings were destroyed.

"We have discovered that it pretty much picked the roof up pretty much on the whole building and what it didn't take away, it set it back down so it's torn loose from the side walls. We don't think it will make it though an engineers inspection," Stephenson said.

Stephenson is not sure a third building is structurally sound and may also need to be torn down. A warehouse storing 44 years of music was only slightly damaged.

"Associates in the industry from all over the country for the last three days people that have worked here over the years, artists that have recorded here, all calling in checking to see what's what. They can't really believe the old Malaco company is gone," Stephenson said.

Stephenson has found a location on State Street in Jackson to relocate on a temporary basis. He hopes to rebuild Malaco records at the Northside Drive location. 

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