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Postal Service Cuts May Benefit Springfield Sorting Facility

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. and WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WGGB) — Thursday, the United States Postal Service announced changes to over 200 of their service One closure may benefit

Christine Dugas, regional spokesperson for the Postal Service, said today that the agency announced the consolidation and closure of 223 postal processing and distribution centers across the country.

Three of the centers are located in Massachusetts – Shrewsbury, Wareham, and Waltham – and two others are in Stamford and Wallingford, Conn.

The closure of the Wallingford facility would result in first class mail from there being sorted in Hartford and what the agency calls “parcels and flats”, similar to large envelopes and magazines, being sent to Springfield for sorting.

The shift of parcels coming from Wallingford to Springfield would result in the opening of 150 positions in the Indian Orchard facility.

It had been previously announced in December that the Springfield Processing and Distribution Center in the Indian Orchard neighborhood would be changing and closing some operations. The first class mail service will now be sorted in either Shrewsbury or Hartford. However, the Springfield facility would convert to a Logistical Distribution Center and continue to sort these “parcels and flats.”

Right now, any closures proposed by the Postal Service are subject to a moratorium that runs until May 15th, and no changes would take effect any earlier than that date. Dugas adds that while these closures announced are the result of a “study commissioned by the Postal Service and the case has been made for consolidation,” these changes are “contingent on any other legislation or changes to the service standard” Congress may seek before May 15th.

With regards to any employees effected by the service changes in Springfield and Wallingford, she says that the agency has always and will continue to work with those employees, and work with them to fill other vacancies where available.

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