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Sony DADC Closing Pitman, N.J., Fresno, Calif., Facilities

26 Jan, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Sony DADC will move 150 jobs from its Pitman, N.J., plant to its main replication facility in Terre Haute, Ind., after the Pitman facility closes at the end of March, Terre Haute’s The Tribune-Star reported.

Sony DADC announced it was closing the New Jersey facility earlier this month, due to the decline in CD replication demand. Roughly 300 people are employed at the New Jersey facility.

A Sony DADC spokeswoman confirmed the news, but could not comment. However, Sony Corp. spokeswoman Lisa Gephardt told the paper that CDs currently represent “roughly 13% of the output at the Terre Haute facility.” The plant also replicates Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and video games.

Meanwhile, The Fresno Bee reported that Sony DADC’s Fresno, Calif., distribution warehouse also will close by the end of March, with Gephardt telling the paper that the closure was partly due to “challenges facing the physical media industry."

A notice filed with California’s Employment Development Department lists March 18 as the effective date for the layoff of 62 employees at the Fresno facility.

“In light of the current economic environment and challenges facing the physical media industry, Sony DADC is taking additional steps to reduce cost from our supply chain network in order to remain competitive,” Gephardt said in a statement. “As part of this process, the Pitman manufacturing facility and the Fresno distribution facility will close and all operations at these locations will cease on or around March 31, 2011. As a result of this closure, all operations staff positions will be eliminated at both locations.”

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