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St. Pete, Lakeland to lose postmarks

11:31 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Fla. -- After a five-month study into mail processing at some distribution centers, the Postal Service has decided to move some of its mail processing operations.

The local processing and distribution centers moves include:

  • All operations from the St. Pete center will move to Tampa
  • All operations from the Lakeland center will move to Tampa
  • All operations from the Mid-Florida center in Lake Mary will move to Orlando

This means any mail sent from St. Pete and Lakeland will now have a "Tampa" postmark.

The changes will take place sometime in mid-May when there will be a nationwide consolidation of processing and distribution centers.

"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 in a release. "Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation."

The Postal Service reports it has seen a 25 percent decline in First Class Mail volume since 2006 and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on postage sales, as well as products and services.

Another study is currently underway to consolidate operations from Manasota processing and distribution center to the Fort Myers center.

A list of mail processing studies and their status is available at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.

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