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Sony Closes CD Plant

Fifty-year-old New Jersey factory started with vinyl LPs

Sony will soon close its Pitman, N.J., CD factory, according to an Associated Press report carried by and other news outlets. The scheduled closure is March 31.

The plant, built in 1960, was a major presser of vinyl LPs for CBS Records/Columbia, their subsidiary labels and clients. When Sony acquired the music arm of CBS in 1988 it acquired the plant. It ceased vinyl pressing in the mid-1980s and has concentrated on Sony’s digital discs. DVD pressing was removed last year according to the story.

The closing of the plant is attributed to the shift in music purchasing habits to direct computer/digital music player downloading rather than physical media such as CDs.

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