The US Postal Service has decided to move Johnson City's mail processing operations to Knoxville, despite what had been described as a five-month moratorium on such changes announced in December.
"Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations at the closing sites will cease," the USPS said in a news release. "There will be no change to any of the retail units, business mail entry units or vehicle maintenance facilities at these locations at this time."
Also in Tennessee, mail processing operations in Chattanooga will be moved to Nashville, and those in Jackson will be moved to Memphis.
“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 USPS agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15 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," the USPS said in the news release.
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