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Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh 1990 -- 2008 History and Highlights. Courtesy Sony Pittsburgh Corporate Communications -- 2008. Products Produced at STC-P 1992-2008. 50-, 55-, 60-, 70-inch SXRD ™ HD Rear Projection TV 70-inch Grand WEGA ™ LCD projection TV

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Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh

1990 -- 2008

History and Highlights

Courtesy Sony Pittsburgh Corporate Communications -- 2008


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Products Produced at STC-P 1992-2008

50-, 55-, 60-, 70-inch SXRD™ HD Rear Projection TV

70-inch Grand WEGA™ LCD projection TV

65-inch HD Rear Projection TV

61-, 57-, 53-, 48-, 43-inch Rear Projection TV

60-inch Grand WEGA™ LCD projection TV

50-inch Grand WEGA™ LCD projection TV

46-inch Grand WEGA™

42-inch Grand WEGA™ LCD projection TV

32- 36- 40-inchFD Trinitron® WEGA™ TV

40-, 46-, 52-inchLCD Direct View BRAVIA® Televisions

7-inch Cathode Ray Tubes

Aperture Grille

Flat Display (FD) Trinitron® Cathode Ray Tube

Television Glass for Cathode Ray Tubes

Coated Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Industrial Adhesives

Ultra-Violet Coatings

Molded Plastic Parts


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STC-P History 1990 - 2008

1969 Chrysler builds shell of building (frame, walls & roof)

1978 Volkswagen takes over and starts auto assembly

August 1988 Volkswagen closes

November 1990 Sony takes over former Volkswagen auto factory

October 1991 CRT construction begins (CRT manufacturing ends 2006)

January 1992 Color TV construction begun

July 1992 Rear Projection TV on-line – first set produced end of July 1992 (Rear Projection closes 2007)

April 1994 PJ CRT in full production

December 1994 Flat Aperture Grille operations (AG manufacturing ends (2006)

June 1995 American Video Glass Company founded

February 1996 35V Trinitron Tube on line

April 1996 35V Set Assembly on-line (Symphony)

March 1997 American Video Glass begins production (AV closes 2006)

April 1998 Display Systems Service Company-Pittsburgh opens (closed in 2001)

July 1998 FD Trinitron® CRT production & Aperture Grille Line #2 for Computer Monitors began

September 1998 FD Trinitron WEGA™ assembly begins

June 1999 American Video Glass begins production of flat panel glass

April 2000 FD Trinitron® CRT manufacturing expands

June 2001 40” FD Trinitron® production begins

2001 Start of Foreign Trade Zone operation

August 2001 38” glass panel production begins at American Video Glass Co.

September 2001 40” WEGA™ TV production begins (Direct View TV production ends 2006)

2002 Grand WEGA® LCD Production Begins

2003 Pittsburgh Customer Satisfaction Center (PCSC) opens

2003-2006 Pittsburgh Logistics Center operations

2004 -2005 Plasma assembly operations

2004-2005 Introduction of 34” HD Widescreen WEGA™

2005 -2007 SXRD™ assembly operations

2007-2008 Start-up of BRAVIA® LCD Flat Panel Direct View Assembly

July 2008 Sony Chemicals of America sold to Dai Nippon Printing


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Fast Facts -- 2008

  • 450-Acre Campus

  • STC-P has 2.8 million sq. ft. under roof

  • More than 3 miles of hallways

  • 560 employees

  • Cumulative total investment = $800,000,000+


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Protecting Our Environment

Sony is committed to conserving resources and energy to reduce waste, increase efficiency and, most importantly, to help the environment.

  • Sony was named an EPA Energy Star Partner for making products that use less electricity and thus fewer natural resources.

  • We safely eliminate by-products of production. In the case of iron chloride —which was created in the manufacturing process of the aperture grille — it was sold to a local community to help purify municipal wastewater.

  • We have recently successfully recycled the Styrofoam in which parts are shipped to us into the plastics used to make television parts and we have an almost totally closed-loop on our cardboard by recycling the cardboard cartons we receive raw materials into the boxes we ship televisions out in.

  • Our employees take part in local clean-up and environmental activities.


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Milestones

Beginning in 1992, Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh was the base for Sony’s global engineering and production of large-screen rear-projection TV sets.

In 1994, STC-P was the first Sony site to produce 7-inch color picture tubes for use in rear projection TVs.

1995 saw STC-P begin operations of Sony’s first and only Aperture Grille manufacturing facility which exported this critical TV component to plants throughout the world. That year, too, Sony Chemicals Corporation of America opened its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. at

STC-P.

The first large size cathode ray tube, the 35-inch Trinitron® was produced in 1996.


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Milestones

In 1997, STC-P became the world’s first vertically integrated TV plant when the American Video Glass Company began production of television glass. The sand for the glass came from Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the glass was shipped across the street and made into color television picture tubes at STC-P and then put into the 35-inch Trinitron® TV.

The following year Sony introduced flat cathode ray tubes with glass made at STC-P. Flat displays eliminated the distortion seen in tradition picture tubes.

In 1999, Sony’s first High Definition rear projection television, a state-of-the-art, 65-inch set, was designed and built at STC-P. Also, STC-P, Sony Electronics and Waste Management, Inc. formed a partnership to develop new methods of post-consumer electronics recycling.

American Video Glass began production of flat-panel glass.

STC-P produced its 1,000,000th rear projection and regular television set!

In 2001, Sony Electronics announced plans for STC-P to manufacture a 40-inch WEGA™ television. The 40-inch WEGA™ utilized flat picture tube technology and was the largest mass produced CRT in the industry.

In September 2001, STC-P was granted Foreign Trade Zone status. As the only television manufacturing facility in the northeast, and one of only three left in the United States, FTZ designation helped STC-P to remain competitive with television plants that have moved offshore and to Mexico.

In late 2001, STC-P was chosen as the production site for North American for wide-screen, high definition rear projection sets and in 2002, the site began sole production of the wide-screen, digital rear projection televisions. STC-P started to produce the 50-inch and 60-inch rear projection LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Grand WEGA™ television sets. That same year AV was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the leading companies, nationally for their waste minimization initiatives.

In 2003, STC-P welcomed the Pittsburgh Refurbishing Operation (PRO) which refurbished a variety of Sony products and services all sizes and types of televisions. That division is now known as the Pittsburgh Customer Satisfaction Center. The Pittsburgh Logistics Center (PLC) opened that same year in the old Montgomery Ward Warehouse near STC-P. The PLC served as a distribution facility for a variety of Sony products.

Finally in 2003, STC-P's Aperture Grille (AG) division won the Governor's Environmental Award for their reduction of hexavalent chromium in the manufacture of aperture grilles.


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Milestones

In May of 2004, STC-P received word that the Direct View set group was chosen to make the 42-inch Plasma WEGA™ television sets. The Display group (DDP) also began the production of several new widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) cathode ray tube models in 2004. The new CRT models were used in the 34-inch and 30-inch FD Trinitron® WEGA™ televisions.

n May of 2004, Sony Electronics was awarded the prestigious CEO award for the launch of Grand WEGA™ televisions which achieved the number one position in the U.S. for the Grand WEGA™ XBR/WE series. STC-P shared the honor of the award with the Grand WEGA™ Sales and Marketing teams.

STC-P hosted Sony Electronics' national media launch of its newest television in August 2005. The Grand WEGA™ SXRD™ (Silicon Crystal Reflective Display) Rear Projection HDTV was manufactured in 50” and 60” sizes at STC-P for the North American Market.

Then U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and former Senator Rick Santorum visited STC-P in August 2005 to discuss trade issues and the American economy with Sony executives and as part of the celebration of the 1 Millionth Grand WEGA™ television, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell visited STC-P and presented Sony with $1 million Opportunity Grant for job training and technology investment.

2006 and 2007 brought major changes in technology and the television industry. STC-P ended the manufacture of CRT’s and assembly of picture tube-type televisions. As a result, the Display Device Pittsburgh and CTV-Assembly operations were closed. The American Video Glass Company ended production of television glass at the site and closed as well. In 2007, Sony produced its last rear-projection television, the SXRD™. The new Sony BRAVIA® flat-panel LCD television sets were introduced.


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