Sony Expands U.S. Blu-ray Disc Manufacturing Operations 
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Thursday, 12 June 2008

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Nate Feltman and Sony Corporation have inked a deal to expand Sony’s Blu-ray Disc manufacturing operations at Sony DADC in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The plant expansion, estimated to cost $113-million, will create up to 85 new jobs and will increase the size of Sony’s already one million plus square-foot manufacturing operations.

"Sony's decision to expand its operations in Indiana is more hard evidence that our international roadwork is a good investment and is a solid step toward creating more jobs for Hoosiers," said Feltman.

Sony currently employs approximately 1,180 associates at DADC and will hire additional professional staff, engineers, technicians and operators as part of this expansion.

The facility is Sony DADC's only Blu-ray Disc manufacturing facility in the United States and currently produces 425,000 Blu-ray Discs per day in addition to compact discs, DVDs and the Playstation Portable UMD format discs.

"The rapid adoption of the new Blu-ray Disc format by consumers allows us to quickly expand Blu-ray Disc capacity in the United States. Based on the past experience with manufacturing in Terre Haute, the selection of this facility for the expansion was logical. We are thrilled with the support of the State of Indiana," said Dieter Daum, Executive Chairman of Sony DADC Global.

Since Blu-ray Disc manufacturing began in Terre Haute in May 2006, the company has produced more than 100 million Blu-ray Discs in its manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Austria and Japan.

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