WHEELING, WV – As a result of a study begun in September 2009, the Postal Service has made the decision to move the evening, originating mail processing operations from the Wheeling Post Office to the Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center (P&DF) in Pittsburgh. Local mail service will not be affected by the move.
Western PA District Manager Charles P. McCreadie said, “Given the drastic decline in mail volume the Postal Service has experienced, with a decline of 26 billion pieces this past year, we must take action to reduce the size of our mail processing network. Consolidating operations and placing our people where we need them is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
“The consolidation makes sense given the fiscal realities, he added. “The Pittsburgh P&DC has the capacity to handle the additional workload and we can realize significant savings by shifting operations there.”
The transition is expected to be completed by July 1, 2010.
“I am confident the transition will be smooth and transparent to our customers and they will continue to receive the same excellent service they always have,” said McCreadie.
Full retail services will remain available at the Wheeling Post Office and the Wheeling Post Office Business Mail Entry Unit will remain open for large volume business mailers.
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