Sony Electronics employees at its Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. Technology Center were advised that the company will be discontinuing all of its operations at the Westmoreland County facility over the next 16 months, beginning with television manufacturing by the end of February 2009.
This action is one of the first of several plant closings Sony Corp. recently announced that will take place worldwide through March 2010 as part of a global profit recovery plan. A recorded media plant in France will also be closing in this fiscal year. Sony announced on December 9 that 10% of its current 57 manufacturing sites will be closed.
First opened in 1990 to produce large rear projection TVs, Sony's facility in Southwestern Pennsylvania currently has about 560 employees, who are primarily involved with flat-panel LCD (liquid crystal display) television production, repair service, and logistics.
"The current economic climate was a key factor that led us to make the strategic business decision to streamline our manufacturing operations not only in the U.S. but worldwide," said Stan Glasgow, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics.
Glasgow noted that Sony's remaining North American television manufacturing centers in Baja, Mexico, will be able to handle anticipated market demand in the region for the foreseeable future.
The company also advised local employees that repair and logistics operations at the Westmoreland facility will wind down by March 2010.
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