Sony plant to close

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - 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.

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