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American Video Glass Company announces personnel changes

4 June 1998: The American Video Glass Company announced key personnel changes at its Mount Pleasant facility, part of the Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh. American Video is a partnership between Son…

4 June 1998: The American Video Glass Company announced key personnel changes at its Mount Pleasant facility, part of the Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh. American Video is a partnership between Sony Electronics Inc. and the Corning Asahi Video Products Company. Effective 1 July, Fusao “Fred” Ishii of Sony, currently deputy president of American Video, will become president of the company. He remains a senior vice president of Sony Electronics, and will continue his current duties as site representative for the Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh. Ishii succeeds Don Dicken of Corning, who will remain as an advisor to the company until 30 September, before retiring. Dicken was responsible for the start-up of American Video. “I“m eager to continue the work begun by Don Dicken. American Video is an exciting company, and it is an important part of our concept of a totally vertically integrated television manufacturing facility,” said Ishii. It was also announced that effective immediately, Ramesh Amin, currently a vice president at Sony Electronics“ facility in San Diego, will become American Video“s vice president of planning, and will be responsible for strategic business planning. Wayne Smith has been appointed vice president and director of manufacturing, effective 1 July. Smith“s responsibilities will include oversight of the manufacturing facility and continuous manufacturing operations. American Video also announced two other key management changes, all of which will take effect on 1 July. Goro Seyika, currently director of manufacturing, will become director of engineering. He will succeed Emil Hordov, who has been appointed to the newly created position of director of future manufacturing technology. American Video produces television glass components for Sony Electronics“ television production facilities. The facility, which opened in 1997, has the capacity to produce over four million pieces of glass per year and employs approximately 550 people. In addition to American Video, the Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh is home to Sony Electronics Inc. and Sony Chemicals Corporation of America. The facility employs nearly 2,500 at its Mount Pleasant location. Sony Electronics Inc., with annual sales of US$ 10.5 billion in 1997, provides a wide range of consumer and professional electronic products and recording media. The company has more than 25,000 employees in the US and Mexico. Corning Asahi Video Products Corporation, headquartered in Corning, New York, is a partnership between Corning, Inc. and Asahi Glass Inc. The company, formed in 1988, manufactures glass television components, including panels and funnels for cathode ray tubes.

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