Statement issued Thursday:
(Indianapolis) – As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the:
- Gary Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) to the South Suburban P&DC (Bedford Park IL).
- Kokomo Processing and Distribution Facility( P&DF) to the Indianapolis P&DC.
- South Bend P&DC to the Fort Wayne P&DC.
- Terre Haute P&DF to the Indianapolis P&DC and the Evansville P&DF.
Once the transfer is completed, the mail processing operation in these facilities will cease. There will be no change to the retail operations or the Business Mail Entry Unit operations at these locations at this time.
In addition, remaining mail operations at the following will be moved:
• Bloomington P&DF to the Indianapolis P&DC
• Lafayette P&DF to the Indianapolis P&DC
• Muncie P&DF to the Indianapolis P&DC
• Columbus Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Indianapolis P&DC
There will be no change to the retail operations or the Business Mail Entry Unit at the closing locations at this time.
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 postage, and postal products and services.
"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," said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. "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.
In December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
This delay was designed to allow Congress sufficient time to enact comprehensive postal legislation. In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including public notifications, public input meetings and consideration of public comments.
Implementation of this consolidation is contingent upon the outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards. This announcement is provided in advance so that appropriate planning and notification can be made in accordance with existing employee agreements.
A list of mail processing studies and their status is available at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork. Specific information about individual studies, including public meeting summaries and summary briefs, is posted on the website, usps.com/areamailprocessing, as it becomes available.