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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Employees fight closing of Shrewsbury mail sorting facility

By Jeff Malachowski/Daily News staff
Posted Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:53 AM
Last update Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:54 AM

Employees of a major regional mail-sorting facility in Shrewsbury are angry over the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to close that plant and move operations to Boston.

The Central Massachusetts Processing and District Center, which employs about 500 people, is among 250 facilities the postal service wants to close to save money. The postal service lost $11 billion last year, District Manager Charles Lynch said last night at a public hearing on the plan at the Marlborough Holiday Inn. Closing the Shrewsbury plant, he said, would save $7.7 million.

Shutting down the Shrewsbury plant would also delay mail service to MetroWest towns by about two or three days, said Lynch.

The delay in mail service would be crucial to small businesses who depend on overnight mail, said Meg Mulhern, a small-business owner.

“There are small businesses relying on theses services to continue,” said Chuck Foley, a clerk at the Shrewsbury plant.

Senior Plant Manager John Lepasio said the Main Street facility is one of the most productive processing plants in the northeast, which he said the postal service did not take into account when determining potential shutdowns.

“How can you close a productive facility?” asked John Dehanna, one of a few hundred employees on hand at last night’s hearing held by the postal service. “It makes no sense.”

Employees fight closing of Shrewsbury mail sorting facility

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