Thank you all for the suggestions. This was definitely something other than the packaging glue, as it was greasy and had a metallic component to it. It was pretty clear this was something from the manufacturing process. The closest thing I've come across to a similar substance would be like an aluminum-based anti-seize compound. I'll give alcohol a try, and if that doesn't go, I'll get more serious.
I did think of a return, but I bought it at the Wex Center store, and they're not really a record specific expert place, and it's not really their wheelhouse. And there's not another Rahsaan Roland Kirk one there I can exchange it for. Seems like besides the CDR stuff, most of their vinyl is pretty much single copies of one-off stuff, or stuff from shows they've hosted.
Yeah, that sounds like record press coolant. There might be a fair amount of abrasive metal flakes in that depending on the plant. So, the thing might end up messed up from the insides of the grooves getting scratched no matter what you try from. Maybe not tho.
On the return subject, Matt Reber is the manager at the Wex store. He is a super nice guy and is easy to work with, plus, he is in the record specific expert realm, so if your record is ruined, I'd bet he would order you a replacement.