Sony to Close LCD TV Plant in Pennsylvania

Plant in Baja, Mexico will handle the demand for the region

As part of the vast overhaul of its business announced on Dec. 9 Sony Corp. will close a television manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania. "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," Sony Electronics said.

Sony Electronics said the plant, opened in 1990, has some 560 employees making flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions and providing repair service and logistics.

The company said repair and logistics operations at the Westmoreland facility, which is located east of Pittsburgh, will end by March 2010.

Sony said its remaining North American television manufacturing centers in Baja, Mexico, "will be able to handle anticipated market demand in the region for the foreseeable future."

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2008

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