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Planned closure of ETX processing plant to shift more mail to Shreveport

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:32pm

A date has been finalized for the closure of an East Texas mail processing center.

Sources with the local postal service employee union tell KETK they were informed by management that the East Texas Processing and Delivery Center will close in June.

The sources tell us employees had originally been told that the facility would not close until 2014. They also question the actual savings the Postal Service claims they would obtain from the facility's closure.

KETK initially reported the closure of East Texas P&DC in February of 2012, when the decision was made to shut down the facility.

Authorities had announced facilities operations would be split between the Shreveport, North Texas and Austin centers.

At the time, employees of the plant told KETK they did not want to be "uprooted" or transferred to other cities. One employee estimated that up to 100 of the current facility's employees would choose not to relocate.

The issue of the processing center's shut down was initially broached in December of 2011, when the U.S. Postal Service held a public meeting about the potential closure of several processing centers across the country in order to save money.

The Waco and Lufkin centers were also among those slated to close.

KETK spoke to McKinney Boyd, spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service early Tuesday morning. An official statement is expected later in the day.

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