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U.S. Postal Service confirms that Roanoke and Lynchburg sorting facilities to close

The district manager announced the closing Wednesday evening.

February 23, 2012|Elizabeth Harrington | Reporter

ROANOKE, Va — The U.S. Postal Servicehas officially announced that the Lynchburg and Roanoke mail sorting facilities will close.

Operations for both facilities will be moved to Greensboro, N.C.

The Postal Service says it has experienced a 25 percent decline in first-class mail since 2006.

A specific date for the closings have not been set.

The Postal Service has agreed to moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices until May 15.

Here is the news release:

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move mail processing operations from the following facilities. Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations at these facilities will cease. There will be no change to the retail unit or business mail entry unit at any of these facilities at this time.

  • Lynchburg, VA Processing and Distribution Facility to Greensboro, NC P&DC
  • Roanoke, VA Processing and Distribution Facility to Greensboro, NC P&DC

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.

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“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 these consolidations 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 at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork. Specific information about individual studies, including public meeting summaries and summary briefs, is posted on the website, usps.com/areamailprocessing, as it becomes available.

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Mail sorting centers in Roanoke and Lynchburg are closing.

Workers met with the district manager behind closed doors Wednesday evening.

They were told that the Roanoke and Lynchburg processing centers had to close to save money for theU.S. Postal Service.

That means mail would be sent to Greensboro, North Carolina causing longer delivery for area residents. The move could also impact as many as 500 workers.

"Everybody is still like I said we're in shock," says employee Lisa Kirkwood, "We've put up a very good fight and we're going to continue to fight."

Employee says they weren't given any details about the closure. They don't know when the facilities could shut down or how many employees will be laid off.

"It gets our employees kind of in turmoil because there are no facts yet," says Carlton Cooper with the workers' union.

The facilities will remain open until at least May 15 as mandated by a federal moratorium.

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