USPS Delays Youngstown Center Closing to 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The planned closing of the U.S. Postal Service’s mail processing center downtown has been put on hold until 2016.

One of 82 consolidations slated to be completed this year, operations at the main post office building here were to be merged with Cleveland’s mail processing center later this month. No new date has been set for merging the operations, according to media reports.

The postal service projects savings of $2.1 billion once the consolidations are completed. The Youngstown mail processing center employs 125 workers.

The processing operation for outgoing mail was merged into Cleveland’s in 2013. The next phase, which was delayed, would involve consolidating incoming mail processing into Cleveland’s processing and distribution center.

In May, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, joined members of Local 443 of the American Postal Workers Union to call for keeping the mail processing operation here. The Youngstown center has seen “significant volumes of new work” in recent months, James Varner, Local 443 president, reported.

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