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Closure of Augusta's mail processing center postponed

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Augusta’s mail processing center received a temporary reprieve Thursday from the U.S. Postal Service.

The Augusta facility was not on a list of 140 mail processing centers across the nation that will be part of an initial phase of closures and consolidations starting this summer.

It remains among another 89 consolidations scheduled to begin in February 2014, “unless the circumstances of the Postal Service change in the interim,” according to a statement released by the Postal Service.

Eleven other mail processing facilities in Georgia and one in South Carolina were included in the list.

“We revised our network consolidation timeline to provide a longer planning schedule for our customers, employees and other stakeholders, and to enable a more methodical and measured implementation,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said in the statement.

Consolidating operations – which mostly involve transferring mail-processing operations from smaller to larger facilities – will begin this summer and are expected to be completed in February. Because of the high volume of mail predicted for the November election and holiday mailing seasons, consolidations will not take place from September through December, the statement said.

Augusta’s mail processing facility had been identified in a feasibility study released earlier this year as one of the centers to be closed. The study proposed splitting the Augusta plant’s mail processing work between facilities in Macon, Ga., and Columbia.

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seenitB4 05/17/12 - 04:09 pm
Good news

Augusta is the 2nd largest city in Ga....never did make sense to close it.

my.voice 05/17/12 - 05:02 pm
Good news!

Good news!

oldlady60 05/18/12 - 09:43 am
Don't fell too secure. This

Don't fell too secure. This is, just a not now, approach. if their study says Augusta is one of the ones to be closed, it will be. Unless we can prove to the powers that be, that the increase in population is proof that the center needs to stay here, it will go. Even if people are using the internet more they still order stuff online, it has got to come somehow to their home or place of business. I just checked other newspapers from up north and the secord round of closures will be no later than February 2014.

itsanotherday1 05/18/12 - 03:12 pm
I still say cut the Post

I still say cut the Post Office loose and let them run as a private enterprise. They will close what is practical to stay afloat.

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