QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- The Quincy Mail Processing and Distribution Center will close by February 2013 under a new plan announced Thursday morning.
The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with cost cutting plans to close more than 200 mail processing centers, saying it can no longer wait for Congress to decide how to cut postal costs.
The Quincy facility has around 60 employees, who will be offered early retirement or jobs elsewhere in the region.
Operations from Quincy will be moved to Springfield, Illinois under the new plan.
The agency will consolidate 140 mail processing centers, including Quincy's, within the next year, including 48 this August. Most will occur next January and February, after the busy election and holiday mail season. Click here to see the full list of processing locations to be consolidated by February of 2013.
Another 89 closings would occur in 2014.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says postal operations are simply too big given declining mail volume.
The Postal Service had previously planned to close 252 mail processing centers beginning this summer but was awaiting congressional action.
With Congress stalled over a bill, the mail agency say it is moving forward, but now over a longer timeframe.
Senator Dick Durbin spoke on the floor of the United States Senate regarding the status of postal facilities in Illinois following the Postmaster General's announcement that the Postal Service would begin the process of consolidating approximately 140 processing facilities across the country. Durbin pledged to continue work to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service offers the best possible service in Illinois and across the country while being fair to its employees throughout the consolidation process.
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