Citing studies started in 2011, the United State Postal Service has decided to consolidate incoming mail processing operations from the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center into the Fort Worth processing facility.
Portions of the Dallas facility will cease operation once processing mail operations are transferred to the Fort Worth facility. PO Box operations, business mail units, and vehicle maintainance facilities for the post service will continute operating.
USPS officials say the merge will help reduce costs.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins commented that the consolidation will hurt the area.
“We are not happy and this is not done," said Jenkins in a press releaase. "The U.S Postal Service’s plan to consolidate operations between Dallas and Fort Worth is poorly designed and could result in a deterioration of services in Dallas County as well as the loss of HUNDREDS of jobs. I oppose this consolidation because it’s bad for Dallas County and bad for the region. We will continue to meet with our leaders in Washington and postal service officials to urge them to fight for the full operational vitality of this postal plant.”
The USPS says a specific date for the transition has not been set. Until a date is announced, the facilities will remain at normal operation.
The postal service is battling severe declines in mail volume, with a 25-percent decline in First-Class mail since 2006.