Mail processing center back on the chopping block


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has once again put the processing center on Fifth Street on the closing list.

Postal officials told 2 NEWS the facility will close in 2015. It had been put on hold earlier this year.

This announcement is Phase 2 of the Postal Service consolidation plan, according to David Walton of the Kentuckiana & Tennessee Districts of the U.S. Postal Service.

Walton said Phase 2 is projected to save the Postal Service $750 million per year and involves the consolidation of up to 82 facilities nationwide beginning in January 2015 and concluding prior to the fall mailing season.

“We are right-sizing our network based upon the mail and package volumes that we have today, and that we anticipate in the future,” Walton said. “We will keep employees and customers informed as more details become available in the coming weeks.”

In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities nationwide, generating annualized cost savings of $865 million. Walton said those consolidations required no employee layoffs.

Nearly 300 employees in Dayton could be affected by the consolidation. Walton said the Postal Service remains committed to finding reassignment opportunities in other locations.

Outsourcing to Columbus has already begun; Dayton’s facility requires much more technology upgrades at a cost that USPS can’t afford.

With the recent news some customers say they are concerned.

“So if I’m mailing something across, you know, just across town here in Dayton, will it have to go to Columbus first. That doesn’t sound like a costly- saving idea to me,” said Dayton resident Gail Downie.

Since 2011, the Postal service has lost nearly $26 billion, partly because sales are down.

In phase 1, USPS says it did all it could to join offices and facilities; no jobs were lost plus more than $850 million was saved.

But this time around Dayton’s facility may not be so lucky; one local customer says now that the financial damage is done, it has to be righted.

“I believe they have to change with the times and they haven’t. It’s a shame that people have to lose their jobs, but progress is progress sometimes it just has to be taken care of and move forward,” said Michael Kopher, a local.

As Dayton continues to grow, some say they fear this will be a big blow to the job market and customers.

The recent confirmation troubles Heather Schroeder who wonders if she’ll get her mail and how fast.

“I’m worried about the time. The time it will take to get my mail to me. I’m worried about,  especially around holidays as far as how getting the mail out to my friends and family and how those packages  how that will work. I mean, I know right now everybody is big into the email, but there’s something nice to be said about the snail mail and to you know have those handwritten letters come to you,” said the Centerville resident

Dayton isn’t the only place seeing its facility closing;  Akron, Youngstown and Toledo will also shut their doors.

We did some digging and found that your first class mail will be slightly delayed because of these consolidations.

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