Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.
ALBANY ALBANY — United States Postal Service officials announced Thursday that they will close the Albany Mail Processing Facility on Slappey Boulevard and consolidate it with the facility in Tallahassee.
After five months of studying the issue, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Albany Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Tallahassee Processing and Distribution Center.
Postal officials say the consolidation won’t impact post office operations.
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 stamps, and postal products and services, according to a press release issued by the USPS.
“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,” Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan said Thursday. “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.
Stephen Seewoester, the USPS spokesperson who sent out the email Thursday morning, said tough decisions are being made.
“It’s important to remember that these are very difficult times, and difficult decisions have to be made. We won’t know the number of employees who will be leaving our workforce until much later in this process. We project a reduction of 30,000 fulltime and 5,000 non-career positions,” he said.
“When a plant closes, it does not mean every employee loses their job. The Postal Service has a proven track record of working with affected employees to find opportunities at other locations. As a result, very few employees have lost their employment with the Postal Service,” he said.
The loss of jobs estimates have varied widely, with the postal service predicting that 15 jobs could be lost in the consolidation process.