Perhaps I can be accused of having “Good Old Days” syndrome, but I admit it made me a bit sad to hear that Sony is closing one of it’s largest CD manufacturing plants at the end of the first quarter. I miss holding vinyl records in my hands, and I guess I’m going to miss holding a CD Jewel Case in my hands as well.
With the growing popularity of digital music downloads, and the economic downturn the music business has seen, Sony made the decision to close the New Jersey factory that has been in operation for over 50 years. Approximately 300 people will lose their jobs upon the closing.
Running at full speed, the factory could crank out over 18 million CDs a month.
Sony will now produce their CDs in Terre Haute, Indiana at a plant which currently manufactures DVDs.