Mankato will be losing its mail Processing and Distribution Facility. That decision was made public Thursday morning by the United States Postal Service. The USPS made the decision to make the cuts to stop operating with a deficit. The Postal Service has been losing money for several years.
A series of studies began last fall. As News 12 reported back in September of 2011, the Mankato facility was not being studied, but a USPS spokesman said by no means did that mean the facility was safe. The Mankato Processing and Distribution Facility's operations will be moved to the Minneapolis facility. However, Mankato isn't the only USPS facility closure.
According to a USPS press release, the Postal Service has experienced a 25% decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006. It receives no tax dollars for its operations. That means it depends on the sale of postage, postal products and services.
Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.