La Crosse to close mail processing center

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two mail processing centers in our area are closing.

The U.S. Postal Service said the mail processing centers in La Crosse and Eau Claire will close, and move up to St. Paul, Minnesota.

It's uncertain how many positions could be impacted at both processing centers, and the Post Office said it's not sure where these employees will end up.

As of right now, no layoffs are planned at either processing center.

The Post Office said there isn’t as much mail as their used to be.

First class mail is down more than 25 percent in the last five years.

“One we don’t have as much mail to process, so it’s in our best interests to consolidate operations into as few of plants as possible,” said Pete Nowacki, USPS Corporate Communications

Nowacki says lost revenue means needing to find more efficient ways to operate.

The Post Office said it’s losing about $25 million a day, and closing the La Crosse Processing Center will save about $3.2 million a year.

Some people we talked to said they don’t think the closure will affect them.

“Well I see a lot of the trucks coming from Minneapolis anyway for processing, so I don’t think it’s going to be a huge impact in La Crosse,” said Michelle Landgraff

Others said they’re bummed to hear the La Crosse Mail Processing Center is closing.

“Another lost business in our community and a huge business in our community. I’m very sorry to see this happen, and I use the Post Office a lot,” said Bridget Olson.

“I’m a little bit disappointed, because it can’t help but affect service in terms of how much time it’s going to take to have our mail get to neighbors even here in La Crosse,” said Steve Schultz.

Nowacki said there won’t be much of a change to service.

However, some collection times may be moved up to get the mail to the cities in time.

He said this is a hard and stressful time for postal workers who take a lot of pride in what they do.

“These are terrific folks, they will step up, they will continue to provide a great service for their customers, and they’ll do everything in their power to see to it that this works,” said Nowakci.

Nowacki said most processing operations will leave La Crosse and Eau Claire by some time next year.

The Post Office said closing the Eau Claire Mail Processing Center will save about $3.1 a year.

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