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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”.