Fayetteville Keeps Mail Processing Operation

Fort Smith, Harrison work moving to city

Posted: February 24, 2012 at 5:56 a.m.

Andrew Davis, right, and Laura Curtis, processing clerks for the U.S. Postal Service, sort parcels on Dec. 22 at the facility in south Fayetteville.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday it will keep Fayetteville’s mail processing center open and merge some postal operations from Harrison into it. The move will expand the number of postal jobs at the Fayetteville center, which the service in December targeted to close and consolidate with a Little Rock facility.

At a Glance

U.S. Postal Service

• Delivers to more than 150 million addresses each day.

• Lost $3.3 billion last quarter.

• Studied 264 processing facilities for possible consolidation. Six facilities are on hold for further internal study, 35 will remain open and 223 will be consolidated — all or in part.

• Network consolidation would reduce operating costs by $2.6 billion annually and result in a net savings of $2.1 billion.

• Consolidation is part of an across-the-board plan to reduce costs by $20 million by 2015.

• Projects cutting 30,000 full-time and 5,000 part-time positions.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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Studies, Updates

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