Postal Service To Close Or Consolidate 140 Sites

Source: Reuters / MSNBC

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service will move ahead with a plan to shut or consolidate mail-processing facilities as part of its cost-cutting effort but will spread out the closings to maintain overnight delivery of local mail.

The agency said on Thursday it would consolidate processing at 140 of its 461 facilities by February 2013 and shrink the area where customers can expect mail to be delivered the next day.

A second round of closings, which would begin in February 2014, would involve consolidating an additional 89 processing sites, USPS Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan said.

The agency previously had said it would close or consolidate about 220 processing sites and eliminate next-day delivery to reduce overnight work.

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