Sony's Dothan plant is making plans to shut down, threatening 300 jobs.
Sony officials announced the closure Wednesday. Production at the 33-year-old plant is expected to end in six months.
The plant started with 55 employees to produce recording media for the U.S. and international markets and at one time employed more than 1,000 people.
In 1999, the plant completed a $34 million expansion, involving a new metal evaporation process for producing computer date storage products. Then in 2003, the Dothan plant invested $8.8 million and planned to add bout 80 jobs over a three-year period as part of company requirements to produce two new products.