In another hit to North Carolina's high-tech industry, Sony Ericsson announced plans to move its North American headquarters from the Research Triangle area to Atlanta, according to an Associated Press story in BusinessWeek.
It also plans to consolidate product development operations by closing sites in Research Triangle Park; Seattle; Miami; San Diego; Kista, Sweden; and Chennai, India. There also will be layoffs as part of a plan announced in April to cut 2,000 jobs. The story says the company has yet to eliminate 1,600 positions to reach that goal.
Sony Ericsson chose Atlanta for its headquarters to be near one of its major customers, AT&T, and the airport makes travel to Latin America easier, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. It says there's no word on how many of the 425 North Carolina jobs will be transferred there.
After Dell announced it would close its plant there, North Carolina officials have vowed to make that company repay the incentives the state provided for it to locate there.