A Sony Corp. of America Inc. business is cutting 300 positions and closing a compact-disc plant in Pitman, N.J.
Sony will move an unspecified number of CD replication lines and other operations to its remaining U.S. optical-media production site, which occupies 678,000 square feet in Terre Haute, Ind., and makes CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and, for PlayStation Portable, Universal Media Discs.
The Sony DADC business unit informed Pitman employees Jan. 11 about the decision, said Lisa Gephardt, senior communications director for Sony Corp. in New York.
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, Sony said in a statement. As part of this process, the Pitman manufacturing facility will be closed, and all operations at this location will cease on or around March 31. As a result of this closure, all operations staff positions will be eliminated.
About 50 other Pitman workers will retain finance, procurement and information technology positions and move to nearby rented office space in New Jersey.
The 494,000-square-foot Pitman site has a legacy extending back to the manufacturing of vinyl music records beginning in 1961. Sony purchased the operation in 1987 in its acquisition of Columbia Records from CBS Corp.
Sony DADC stopped making DVDs in Pitman in February and closed that part of the business April 30, affecting 160 workers.