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Mail processing centers in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids staying open

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The United States Postal Service announced Thursday morning that they will keep the processing and distribution facilities in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.

The USPS began studying processing and distribution centers across the country five months ago as a result of a 25% decline in volume since 2006.

The study determined that there would be no significant improvement to efficiency or service by closing the Waterloo and Cedar Rapids facilities at this time.

The USPS doesn't receive any tax dollars for its operations.  They rely on the sale of postage, postal products and services.

In all, 225 centers have been approved for consolidation.  The study looked at 264 facilities.  Of the remaining 39, 28 will remain open, the other 11 will be studied further.

The facilities in Carroll and Creston were approved for closure.

The closures will not happen until after May 15 when a moratorium on closures comes to end.  The moratorium was imposed in December to allow time for Congress to enact comprehensive postal legislation.

A list of mail processing studies and their status is available at www.usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.

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