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Sony Closes Their Last Remaining U.S. TV Manufacturing Plant Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008
ImageThe recessed economy has slowly been taking its toll on electronic consumers.  However, it's the manufacturers that are beginning to feel the hurt.  Over the past several months, HDTV manufacturers have been lowering prices, accumulating large back stocks and closing manufacturing plants.  Sony is the latest company to shutdown plants.
The Sony plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania is the second factory, of a planned 5, to be shutdown.  Even more so, it was the last Sony TV manufacturing plant in the United States.  The closure will result in 560 employees losing their jobs.  In total, Sony will be shutting down 10 percent of 57 worldwide factories, and laying off roughly 8,000 employees.

The plant will cease production by February 2009.  In 2010, the plant will close completely when the Blu-ray Disc repair and East-Coast Logistics Operations facilities also meet their end.  With the closing of this plant, Sony TVs will be supplied to the U.S. via the plant in Baja, Mexico.

The Pennsylvania plant opened in 1990, producing large rear-projection TVs.  It later switched to the production of LCD panels.

Sony plants in France and Slovakia have also been put on hold.  The recession is lowering the sales for the company's products, and in addition, with the severely crippled U.S. economy, Sony's profits are being eaten by the strong Japanese yen.  Sony has replied by indicating that they will hike the prices of many products in 2009.  Something tells me that is going to be a big disaster for the company.

According to Stan Glasgow, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics has stated, "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."

It is a sad day when we start to see manufacturing plants pulling out of the United States.  On the other hand, this very well may be the time to purchase a flat=panel HDTV if you are in the market to do so.

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