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Sony to end Alabama manufacturing operation

David Davies 22 March 2010
Sony to end Alabama manufacturing operation

 

Sony has revealed that it is to end operations at its Dothan, Alabama, manufacturing plant, reports PSN-e. Sony Corp. will begin scaling back operations at the facility from April onwards prior to complete closure by September. The first Japanese-owned business to operate in Alabama, the factory – which opened in 1977 – manufactures Sony’s professional, consumer and data storage magnetic tapes, print media products and coating material for optical disks. The plant currently has approximately 300 full-time employees who have been given notice and will receive severance and “other benefits”. The decision, says Sony in a statement posted on its website, is designed to strengthen its “cost-competitiveness by consolidating production of magnetic tapes and print media products in Sony’s existing manufacturing facilities in Japan”. Webwww.sony.net

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