DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Nearly 300 people employed by Sony Corporation's Dothan plant are about to lose their jobs.
The company confirmed to WSFA 12 News Wednesday that it will begin phasing jobs out in April and all operations will end by September.
The plant, established in 1977, makes Sony's professional, consumer and data storage magnetic tapes, print media products, as well as coating material for optical disks.
The plant started with 55 employees and at one time employed more than 1,000 people.
The Associate Press reports that 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.
Company official Elizabeth Boukis says the plant's approximately 300 full-time employees "have been given notice of the end of their service and will receive severance, as well as other benefits, as the operation of the plant ceases."
Boukis says the decision will "strengthen Sony's cost-competitiveness by consolidating production of magnetic tapes and print media products..."
Manufacturing of the company's products will be consolidated and moved to Japan.