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Postal Service proposes closing facilities, including Lexington

The Postal Service says it looking to see if closing 252 mail processing facilities across the country will help cut costs.

Officials say the closings could cost as many as 35,000 jobs but save The Postal service $3 billion.

The Postal Service plans to study the future of nine processing facilities in Kentucky. Those facilities are in Lexington, Campton, Hazard, London, Somerset, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Paducah, and an annex in Louisville.

The study of the Lexington facility is scheduled to be finished in early 2012.

27 NEWSFIRST first told you about a similar study that was in the works back in July.

Officials were looking at simply moving the sorting that was done at the Nandino plant to Louisville or Knoxville, TN.

Now, postal service officials says this new study will look at closing the Nandino plant, and 251 others, all together.

Randy Bradley, a postal service union spokesperson, says the possible closure could be devastating to Lexington.

Bradley says not only will the closure affect the 280 employees that work at the facility, he says it will likely mean less work for the seven postal substations throughout the city.

Post office officials say before they close any processing facilities, they would hold public hearings.

The agency lost $8.5 billion last year and is facing an even larger deficit this year as it struggles with shrinking business because of the movement of first-class mail to the Internet and the struggling economy, which limited advertising mail.

In addition to consolidation, the agency says first-class mail, which typically takes 1 to 3 days to deliver will now take at least two days, meaning customers should no longer expect mail the day after it's delivered.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the Postal Service is not going out of business, and that it's trying to get its finances in order.


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