Consolidations will include the Cartersville processing facility, a move that will return the processing operation currently housed with the Cartersville Post Office at 14 Liberty Drive to the Atlanta facility. Satellite facilities, such as Cartersville, were created at the height of mail volume and are no longer needed due to reduced demand for first-class mail.
In a statement Thursday, the cash-strapped agency said it had completed a review of closings to mail processing centers it had proposed last fall. Based on community input and other factors, the post office said, it will move forward with consolidations involving virtually all of the 252 facilities on the list, as well as up to 12 new locations, beginning in mid-May.
Of the 264 facilities, roughly 41 won't be closed or consolidated right away as the post office conducts additional reviews. The consolidations are expected to result in a loss of roughly 35,000 jobs, which the post office hopes to achieve mainly through attrition.
With increased Internet access and email usage, mail volume has dropped significantly as USPS losses continue to rise. A report released earlier this month showed the USPS lost more than $3.3 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. The organization estimates these consolidation efforts will save almost $2.1 billion annually.
Officials assure closure of the Cartersville mail processing center will not effect the Cartersville Post Office or retail services.
Other Georgia facilities facing partial or full closure include: Acworth, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Douglasville, Marietta, Savannah, Swainsboro, Valdosta and Waycross.
For more information, visit www.usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.