According to an announcement on its website Thursday, as a result of studies begun five months ago, the U.S. Postal Service will move all mail processing operations from Williamsport to Harrisburg.
Once the transfer is completed, the mail processing operations of these facilities will cease. There will be no change to the retail units, business mail entry units, and vehicle maintenance units at the closing facilities at this time.
The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of postage, and postal products and services.
"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."
Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.