Glenwood Springs mail processing facility to close
June 22, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that its mail processing facility in West Glenwood, which employed 37 people, will be closed entirely by October.
The closure is expected to save the Postal Service $1.2 million a year, said spokesman Al DeSarro. The 16,000-square-foot facility, built in 1997, will be put up for sale.
Mail now processed for the 816 ZIP code region in Glenwood Springs will be trucked to Grand Junction, where it will be sorted at a more sophisticated processing facility capable of moving 30,000 pieces of mail per hour.
That means all mail dropped at the Glenwood Springs Post Office regardless of destination will first make a trip to Grand Junction for sorting. DeSarro said local mail will arrive just as soon as it does today, and mail bound for destinations in the larger region, such as Durango, will move more quickly.
“This move will not cause any changes in local mail delivery,” said Selwyn Epperson, Postal Service manager for Colorado and Wyoming.
“Letters mailed to local addresses will be delivered the next day, the same as before. I am confident the transition will be smooth and transparent to our customers, and they will continue to receive the same excellent service they always have,” Epperson added.
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The Glenwood Springs processing facility was originally targeted for being reduced in size, but not closed outright, in a study that was launched in February. But after reviewing the Glenwood operations, Postal Service officials decided the complete closure would be the most efficient choice.
Workers at the West Glenwood facility will have a chance at a few jobs with post offices in the area or could transfer to the Grand Junction facility. But about 19 positions will be eliminated through the closure, DeSarro said.
He said processing facilities are being closed elsewhere in the country as the Postal Service undertakes a dramatic cutback in operations in response to a 20 percent decline in mail volume since 2007.
“We are being pushed against the wall financially,” DeSarro said. “We have to look at how we can save every cent we can.”
He noted that the service continues to ask Congress for approval to eliminate Saturday home delivery, which would provide a large cost savings. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Postal customers can still buy stamps, mail packages, rent post office boxes and obtain passports at the Glenwood Springs Post Office, 113 Ninth St.
Large volume business mailers will be able to drop off mail at the Glenwood Springs Business Mail Entry Unit at the post office.
Mailers who prepare destination entry rate or discounted mailings bound for 814, 815 or 816 ZIP codes will have to deliver their drop shipments to the Grand Junction Processing and Distribution Center, 602 Burkey St. in Grand Junction starting in October.