Owensboro Affected as Kentucky Mail Processing Closings Announced
This just in from the U.S. Postal Service:
As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from:
· Bowling Green KY Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) to the Nashville TN Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).
· CamptonKY Customer Service Mail Processing Center (CSMPC) to the Louisville KY P&DC.
· Elizabethtown KY CSMPC to the Louisville P&DC.
· Hazard KY CSMPC to the Knoxville TN P&DC.
· LexingtonKY P&DC to the Louisville P&DC and the Knoxville P&DC.
· London KY P&DF to the Knoxville P&DC.
· OwensboroKY CSMPC to the Evansville IN P&DF.
· Paducah KY P&DF to the Evansville P&DF.
· Somerset KY CSMPC to the Knoxville P&DC.
Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operation at the closing sites will cease. There will be no change to any of the retail units, business mail entry units or vehicle maintenance facilities at these locations at this time.
It also has been determined as a result of the study of the Louisville KY Annex, that there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations, and no changes will be made at this time.
The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of postage, and postal products and services.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.
In December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
This delay was designed to allow Congress sufficient time to enact comprehensive postal legislation. In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including public notifications, public input meetings and consideration of public comments.
Implementation of this consolidation is contingent upon the outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards. This announcement is provided in advance so that appropriate planning and notification can be made in accordance with existing employee agreements.
A list of mail processing studies and their status is available here. Specific information about individual studies, including public meeting summaries and summary briefs, is posted on the website, as it becomes available.