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Sony Corp. of America

U.S. Headquarters: 550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 833-6800
Employees: 171,300 worldwide
CEO: Howard Stringer
Stock Symbol: SNE


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Sony Corporation of America, based in New York, is a U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. The motion picture, television, computer entertainment, music and online businesses make Sony one of the largest and most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world.

Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment, one of the world's largest recorded music companies.

Sony is the co-developer of the CD, DVD, Super Audio CD and Blu-ray Disc. It is also the developer, manufacturer, and marketer of PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) game consoles

Sony recorded annual sales of approximately $78.9 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, and it employs 171,300 people worldwide.

The company's operations include:

U.S. R&D and Engineering Facilities

* San Jose, CA
* San Diego, CA
* Boulder, CO
* Park Ridge, NJ

Major Manufacturing Sites in North America

* Dothan, AL
* Pittsburgh, PA
* Pitman, NJ
* San Diego, CA
* Terre Haute, IN
* Tijuana, Mexicali and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico


In May 1946, the company was first launched as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K. (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation), also known as Totsuko. It was launhced in Nihonbashi, Tokyo with start-up capital of 190,000 yen for the research and manufacture of telecommunications and measuring equipment.

In Feb. 1955, the decision was made to use SONY logo on Totsuko products. In Sept. 1955, Japan's first transistor radio, the TR-55, launched.

The Sony name was created by combining "SONUS," the original Latin for "SONIC," meaning sound, with "SONNY," denoting small size, or a youthful boy. It was chosen for its simple pronunciation that is the same in any language.

The company name was changed to Sony Corporation on Jan. 1958.

Sony Corporation of America (SONAM) was established in the United States in Feb. 1960.

In May of 1960, the world's first direct-view portable TV, the TV8-301, launched.

In July 1979, Sony launched the TPS-L2, the first stereo cassette player “Walkman.”

In October 1982, the world's first CD player, the CDP-101, launched.

In Jan. 1988, CBS Records Inc., the records group of CBS, was acquired. It was renamed Sony Music Entertainment Inc. in January 1991.

In Nov. 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment was acquired. It was renamed Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. in August 1991.

In Sept. 1995, the “Digital Handycam”, first consumer-use digital video camcorder DCR-VX1000/DCR-VX700, launched.

In Oct. 1996, Sony launched the digital still camera “Cybershot” DSC-F1.

In July 1997, the first home-use PC “VAIO” computer series launched.

Read more about Sony's history here.


* Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage
* Adoption Reimbursement
* Educational Assistance
* Employee Assistance Program
* Employee Discount
* Holidays
* LifeWorks Family Resource Program
* Matching Gifts
* Savings and Investment Plan
* Stock Purchase Plan
* Student Loans
* Vacation
* Long Term Care
* Auto and Home Insurance Program

Updated July 11, 2009

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