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Postal Service announces which processing centers will be closing

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CINCINNATI - The Postal Service announced that nine of their processing and distribution centers will be closing.

These moves are a result of studies that began five months ago:

  • Akron Processing and Distribution Center, Canton Processing and Distribution, and Youngstown Processing and Distribution Facility will move to the Cleveland Processing and Distribution Center.
  • Athens Customer Service Mail Processing, Chillicothe Customer Service Mail Processing, Dayton Processing and Distribution Facility, and Ironton Customer Service Mail Processing will move to the Columbus Processing and Distribution Center.
  • Steubenville Customer Service Mail Processing Center will move to the Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center.
  • Toledo Processing and Distribution Facility will move to the Detroit Processing and Distribution Center, the Metroplex Processing and Distribution Center, and the Columbus Processing and Distribution Center.

Once these transfers are completed, these locations will close. 

The study determined that there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the Cincinnati Processing and Distribution Center. No changes will be made at the Cincinnati Processing and Distribution Center at this time.

Since 2006, the Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume.

"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 moving and closing dates have not been released.

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