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USPS Processing Center Public Hearing Set For Valentine’s Day

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W.Va. Mail Processing and Distribution Center
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After delays and postponements, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has scheduled a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

At the meeting, USPS will share the initial findings of a study on changing the South Charleston-based Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) to a Local Processing Center (LPC). The USPS says their business case supports transferring some West Virginia mail processing operations to the Pittsburgh P&DC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Pennwood Place P&DC in Warrendale, Pennsylvania.

USPS highlights more cost effectiveness and efficiency with their plan. Local postal workers union leaders remained concerned about the fate of the 800 local employees and the processing travel time of locally posted mail.  

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement after reviewing the USPS initial findings for the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center Mail Processing Facility Review:

“I have reviewed USPS’s initial findings of the Processing and Distribution Center in Charleston, and while I am glad to see that they have decided to invest in new equipment and upgrades to the facility, I am disappointed to see that they believe that some jobs being transferred to other locations — even if it is less than what was rumored — would be a positive step,” Capito said in a press release. “I also would have hoped the USPS would have held their public meeting as scheduled on Jan. 30. I still believe that the community deserves to be heard, and I hope that USPS will take that feedback into consideration before any final decisions are made. In the meantime, I urge USPS to listen at the required upcoming public meeting and take into account the importance of this facility to the community as they work to produce their final decisions.”

The initial findings have been posted on the USPS webpage.

The public hearing will allow members of the community to provide oral feedback and perspectives on the Initial Findings of the Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR). A summary of the MPFR will be posted on about.usps.com at least one week prior to the public input meeting.

Members of the local community may submit written comments through Feb. 29, 2024. The public’s input will be considered prior to a final decision.