Postal Service Will Close 4 Processing Centers In 2015

Agency Says It's Closing Centers To Save Money After Recording Record Losses

Photo: Tales of a Wandering Youkai (CC-BY).

Four U.S. Postal Service processing centers around Wisconsin — specifically, in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, and the Wausau area — are scheduled to be closed in 2015.

Eighty-two mail processing centers total around the U.S. are to be shuttered in the new year. The Postal Service says it can’t keep losing money, after losing $5 billion in the 2013 fiscal year.

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, however, said postal officials haven’t done a thorough job of studying the effect of the closures. She said closing the centers might slow delivery times.

“How this affects the time it will take for a letter to get from Point A to Point B — they didn’t (study) that in this case. And that’s not acceptable. And they need to apply standards evenly,” said Baldwin.

The Post Office is due to release new service standards on Jan. 5.

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