Jonesboro USPS center to be consolidated with Memphis by Feb. 2013

WASHINGTON (KAIT) – The US Postal Service announced today that the Jonesboro Customer Service Mail Processing Center will be consolidated by February 2013.

The USPS announced Thursday that they were moving ahead with a modified plan to consolidate 461 mail processing locations in phases.

The Jonesboro center will be consolidated with the Memphis Processing and Distribution Center. A full list of the phase 1 closing can be found here.

"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," said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service.

"We simply do not have the mail volumes to justify the size and capacity of our current mail processing network. To return to long-term profitability and financial stability while keeping mail affordable, we must match our network to the anticipated workload," said Donahoe. "Our current plan meets our cost reduction goals, ensures seamless and excellent service performance throughout the implementation period, and provides adequate time for our customers to adapt to our network changes."

The Postal Service said it will begin the consolidation process this summer. The USPS says due to elections and the holiday mailing seasons, no consolidating activities would take place between September through December.

"We will be conducting consolidation activities this summer at only 48 locations," said Megan Brennan, chief operating officer of the Postal Service. "As a result, nearly all consolidating activities in 2012 will occur in August and then will resume again the early part of next year."

The USPS estimates the consolidations will reduce its workforce by approximately 13,000 employees and save around $1.2 Billion annually.

For the full press release by the USPS, click here.

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