YAKIMA - The Postal Service will be moving mail processing operations from the Yakima Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Pasco Mail Processing Facility, with the move expected to be complete by July 2012.
Full retail services will still be available at the Yakima Main Post Office. Retail service for purchasing stamps and other services will continue to be available at several nearby locations.
The planned move is the result of a study begun in April 2011 and is due to a 20 percent decline in volume the Postal Service has experienced since 2007.
Seattle District Manager Yul Melonson said, "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."
Melonson was quick to stress that mail service will not change for customers.
"This move will not cause any changes in local mail delivery," said Melonson. "Letters mailed to local addresses will be delivered the next day, the same as before."
Some employees may be reassigned to other vacant positions as a result of the move.
"I understand our employees' concern over this move," Melonson added, "But the consolidation makes sense given the fiscal realities. The Pasco Mail Processing Facility has the capacity to handle the additional workload and we can realize significant savings by shifting operations there."
The Yakima Business Mail Entry Unit will remain open for deposit of discounted or permit imprint mail.