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Postal Service considers moving some Fort Wayne operations to South Bend

Verbatim statement issued Friday:

Fort Wayne, IN — The U.S. Postal Service plans to conduct a study at the Fort Wayne Processing and Distribution Facility for possible consolidation of some operations into the South Bend Processing and Distribution Center. The study, known as an Area Mail Processing (AMP) study, involves a review of the mail processing and transportation operations to determine capacity needs at a facility in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity.

The need for the study comes as the Postal Service faces one of the most difficult challenges in its history. The current economic downturn and continued Internet diversion has led to a drastic 20 percent decline in mail volume since 2007, resulting in historically large deficits. Even when the economy fully recovers, the Postal Service does not expect volume to return to previous peak levels, and projecting annual deficits for the foreseeable future.

“As a result of the volume loss, we have more facilities, equipment and people than we need to process a declining volume of mail,” said Lynn Smith, District Manager for the Greater Indiana District. “We have to reduce the size of our network because we are no longer receiving enough revenue to sustain its cost.”

“One way to do that is to consolidate operations where feasible,” Smith added. “That is why we’re doing this study. Consolidating processing operations and placing our people where we need them makes logical business sense given the economic realities. We’re only doing what any company would do when it’s hit with a 20 percent decline in its business.”

If the feasibility study supports the business case for changing mail processing operations, the Postal Service will hold a public meeting to allow members of the community to ask questions and provide feedback. This input will be considered in the final proposal.

“I want to assure everyone that we will not make any changes to our operations that would cause delays in delivery to your home or business,” said Smith.

The Postal Service is soliciting the public’s input as part of the study process. Comments may be submitted to: Consumer Affairs Manager, 3939 Vincennes Road, Indianapolis, IN 46298-9631.

All comments will be fully considered in any decision.

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