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Old 13th January 2011
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Sony is closing 50 year old CD/record plant in NJ

Sony DADC announced Tuesday that it's closing its CD manufacturing plant in southern New Jersey and laying off about 300 employees by March 31.

Another 50 or so employees could be transferred to nearby jobs with Sony, according to The Gloucester County Times, which first reported the closing.

Lisa Gephardt, a spokeswoman for the subsidiary of Sony Corp., said in a statement released Tuesday that the closure is coming because of what she called "challenges facing the physical media industry."

In other words, in the age of streaming video and downloading music, people aren't buying CDs the way they used to.

The facility in Pitman opened in 1960 to produce vinyl records. It switched to CDs in 1988 and turned out as many as 18 million per month.

Last year, Sony moved its DVD production from the plant to Indiana and laid off 160 employees.

Pitman Borough Council President Russ Johnson said it's been clear the plant has been struggling for years. "For the last 10 years there have been rumors that Sony was leaving Pitman, but they
always came back with something," he told the Gloucester County Times. "Unfortunately, now it is a reality."

He said the closure will hurt the workers who are losing their jobs, and their families _ as well as the local economy and tax base.

Johnson said Sony's 73-acre site will be subject to a lower tax rate when the facility closes.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development says it will help workers make unemployment insurance claims and prepare for job searches and new careers

NJ Sony Plant Closing After More Than 50 Years | NBC Philadelphia

Old 13th January 2011
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Sad, but I think this is just the reality in the world we live in now? CD's are becoming less and less of a necessity. I rarely use them much anymore, considering the price of USB and Firewire storage space.
Old 13th January 2011
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That's more bad news, I guess. Does anybody know if the Sony mastering house in NYC is still operating?
Old 13th January 2011
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"CD!!?? What's a CD?"

That's what people will be asking 10 years from now.

Physical digital media, for the average consumer, is almost dead and will be very shortly. Sign of the times...

Vinyl will still be around, I reckon. It's unique, analogue, and sort of a value-added special keepsake.

How many GS'rs even know, or even used, 8-track tapes? Cassette tapes? DCC? MiniDisk? Crap crap and crap!

Old 13th January 2011
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Been a long time coming...
Vinyl will never die, it's the only format that has weathered all the storms, it'll be only data and wax in the end...
Old 14th January 2011
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Originally Posted by doug hazelrigg View Post
That's more bad news, I guess. Does anybody know if the Sony mastering house in NYC is still operating?
Yes - they are - albeit in a downsized form. After the Sony Music Studios building was sold off in 2007 (for $44million - and the building has been demolished in order to have new luxury condo's built in its place) while about 60% of the mastering engineers moved on to work at other places (i.e. Vlado Meller moved to Universal Music Studio's, Darcy Proper went to Galaxy in Belgium) afaik Mark Wilder, Vic Anesini and Dominick Costanzo moved temporarily into Battery Studios (which about a year later then also got sold). After Battery Studios went down Sony purchased the lease from Carl Rowatti to the old Trutone Studios in Times Square and moved their mastering facilities there. So they went from about 8 mastering rooms in the old Hell's Kitchen building (which also included something like 8 mix rooms and 3 sound stages, not to mention numerous other facilities) down to 2 mastering rooms and an archival/editing room.

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