Relief as Reno's Mail Processing Center Stays Open

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO, NV - Word the Reno Vassar Street mail processing center will remain functioning brought relief from postal workers and customers alike. It also keeps one-hundred seventy-seven people working.

"They're ecstatic," Reno Postmaster Renee Brown said of postal workers. "Their homes won't have to be sold tomorrow to relocate they're very happy about that," she said.

A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service said Reno's geography was a factor in deciding to keep the facility functioning. He said Reno not being near any other large cities was influential in the decision.

"I think it's a good idea, keep people working you know how bad the situation is," one customer said.

Consolidation efforts are happening at more than two-hundred postal facilities nationwide to save one-billion dollars. Thirty-five thousand people will lose their jobs when the planned cuts happen in May. The United States Postal Service said smaller mail volume is the primary reason the cuts are needed.

Several protests took place after it was announced the Reno mail processing facility could close.

Postal Officials said the closure would have resulted in mail sent within Reno to go to Sacramento to be sorted. Postal workers said the additional stop for mail would slow delivery.

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