RENO - The United States Postal Service may close the Reno Mail Processing and Distribution Plant and move its operations to West Sacramento. 292 people work at the plant. They were told last night.
The plant is located right behind the main post office on Vassar Street. If the plant closes, it will not impact the main post office or delivery. However, the Postal Service tells KOLO 8 News Now mail would be slower. Right now, the service standard for USPS is one to three days coast to coast. If the plant in Reno closes, it would make it two to four days.
With more and more people paying their bills online and over-the-phone, the Postal Service has been delivering less mail, and is currently operating in the red. The Postal Service says closing the processing and distribution plant here in Reno is the only thing it can do without Congressional approval.
The Postal Service has asked Congress to shorten mail delivery from six days a week to five. It is also wants to stop paying for health care for retirees, 75 years in advance. A spokesman for the Postal Service tells us, every year USPS writes a check for $5.5 billion to the Treasury for employees that haven't even been born yet. Congress has yet to take action.
The study on whether to close the plant will be complete mid-2012. USPS says it will be holding public meetings between now and then.