DAYTON — After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will close the processing plant in Dayton and relocate operations to Columbus, which is expected to slow mail delivery and impact more than 400 local jobs.
The postal service said a study of mail-processing operations in Ohio concluded that processing and distribution facilities in nine cities in the state would be closed and consolidated into centers in other areas.
Dayton’s processing operations are moving to Columbus, and so are those in Athens, Chillicothe, Ironton and Toledo. Akron, Canton and Youngstown operations are relocating to Cleveland, and Toledo’s are being divided between Columbus and Michigan.
Jeanette Carlton, president of the American Postal Workers Union Dayton Area Local, said she has no clue what will happen to the center’s more than 400 employees, especially because most cannot be laid off or relocated beyond 50 miles under contract.
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