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USPS Plans to Rationalize Facilities, Abilene Center One of Them

The United States Postal Service issued a letter Tuesday informing customers of its plans to resume rationalizing their mail processing facilities.
The United States Postal Service issued a letter Tuesday informing customers of its plans to resume rationalizing their mail processing facilities.

The Phase 2 consolidating process which first began in 2012, plans to consolidate 82 facilities across the country by 2015, one of which is Abilene's Post Office Mail Processing Center on East Overland Trail.

USPS provided the information six months in advance in order to provide adequate time for planning and preparation, according to the letter.

The potential closings could impact nearly 15,000 workers. However, USPS says they have been able to place impacted employees in other available positions to avoid any layoffs.

While the Abilene facility is expected to consolidate, other Texas cities such as Midland, Austin, and San Antonio are suppose to gain facilities during Phase 2.

Between 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities. According to USPS, the rationalization was considered successful and required no employee layoffs. Phase 2 is expected to generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.

The letter further states that over the past three years, the Postal Service recorded financial losses of $26 billion.

Click on this link to see the full list of 82 facilities.
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