Postal Service to hold public meeting on mail processing study

July 14, 2010 

Houston, TX – The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to move mail processing operations from Houston Downtown – General Post Office (GPO) into North Houston Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).

The meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday July 29, 2010 in the Ley Student Center – Grand Hall at Rice University, 6100 Main St, in Houston, TX.

With the deep decline in mail volume due to current economic conditions, the Postal Service has an excess of employees and equipment in some mail processing operations. A study was begun on April 2 at the GPO to determine the feasibility of consolidating redundant operations to see if any efficiencies and cost savings would be achieved.

Initial study results support consolidating mail processing operations that are currently being performed at the GPO by taking advantage of available processing capacity at the North Houston P&DC in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity. Recommendations from the study will be contingent on the sale of the GPO.

While no final decision has been reached, Postal Service managers will give an overview of the reasons for the proposal and its possible outcomes, and will listen to community input and concerns. Anyone who wishes to submit comments in writing can send them to:

401 Franklin St – RM 515
Houston, TX 77201- 9631

Public comments will be accepted through August 13, 2010.

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