Senator urges USPS to halt mail center closure

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Senator urges USPS to halt mail center closure

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After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it plans to close the processing plant in Dayton and relocate operations to Columbus, which is expected to slow mail delivery and impact hundreds of jobs.

The postal service said a study of mail-processing operations in Ohio concluded that processing and distribution facilities in nine cities in the state would be closed and consolidated into centers in other areas.

Dayton’s processing operations are moving to Columbus, and so are those in Athens, Chillicothe, Ironton and Toledo. Akron, Canton and Youngstown operations are relocating to Cleveland, and Toledo’s are being divided between Columbus and Michigan.

Hours before the USPS announcement, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling on the United States Postal Service to stop the relocation and consolidation of the Dayton Mail and Processing Center to Columbus.

The USPS has announced plans to relocate 14 workers from the Dayton site to the Columbus center. The announcement came despite a moratorium aimed at preventing consolidation until Congress passes postal reform legislation, according to Brown.

The Senate-USPS agreement places a moratorium on office closures until May 15.

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