USPS officials announced plans to consolidate the Texarkana Mail Processing operations with those at the Shreveport plant. The decision was emailed to KSLA News 12 Tuesday evening. That decision came as the result of a 7 month study on whether the closing would help save money. USPS officials say the move will not affect local mail service.
Dallas District Manager Victor Benavides said, "Given the drastic decline in mail volume the Postal Service has experienced, with a decline of 26 billion pieces this past year, we must take action to reduce the size of our mail processing network. Consolidating operations and placing our people where we need them is necessary, if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation."
Benavides goes on to say that the Shreveport Processing and Distribution Center has the capacity to handle the additional workload. Some of the employees may be reassigned to Shreveport or shifted into vacant positions in Texarkana.
Officials waste no time with the transition. It starts Wednesday, March 16 and is expected to be completed by July of this year. Full retail services will still be available at the Texarkana Post Office.