Sony currently operates several sites in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. These various facilities contribute to the core of Sony products. For example, the Sony Technology Center in Pittsburgh (pictured above) is where some televisions are put together. The Sony Chemicals facility is a worldwide technology leader that manufactures magnetic recoding material, thermal transfer printing ribbons, adhesives and adhesive tapes, and electronic materials and parts. The aforementioned Sony Technology Center currently employs about 850 people, while the other factories employ similiar numbers.

It’s no secret that the American economy is slumping very hard. Local state economies are doing even worse, and U.S. Congressman of Pennsylvania, John Murtha, said that it is “frustrating” that southwestern Pennsylvania is lagging behind other areas in the state in attracting business. Murtha said that he is concerned that Sony is looking to relocate to Mexico, which would translate into another economic blow to the region.

“Every time we do something it doesn’t have the impact we would like to see,” he said. “We lose jobs, that we shouldn’t have lost and that’s part of the problem.”

We tried reaching John Murtha’s representatives, but they were unable to comment when we published this story. Possibly affected sites:

  • Bristol, Pennsylvania: Sony Service Company – Bristol RRC
  • Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania: Sony Technology Center – Pittsburgh; Sony Chemicals Corporation of America (SCCA); Sony Family Center; American Video Glass Company