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      Florence postal facility being reviewed for possible consolidation

      The U.S. Postal Service says it will study the Florence Processing and Distribution Facility on 2nd Loop Road to see if it can consolidate some operations into the Columbia Processing and Distribution Center.

      The USPS says the study involves a review of the mail processing and transportation operations in order to find ways to increase efficiency and improve productivity.

      The USPS says it has seen a 20 percent decline in mail volume since 2007.

      "As a result of the volume loss, we have more facilities, equipment and people than we need to process a declining volume of mail," said Nicholas L. Rinaldi, Greater South Carolina District Manager. "We have to reduce the size of our network because we are no longer receiving enough revenue to sustain its cost."

      "One way to do that is to consolidate operations where feasible," Rinaldi added. "That is why we're doing this study. Consolidating processing operations and placing our people where we need them makes logical business sense given the economic realities. We're only doing what any company would do when it's hit with a 20 percent decline in its business."

      The USPS says if their study shows a change is needed at the Florence facility, they will hold a public meeting to hear from the community before making any decisions.

      The Postal Service is soliciting the public's input as part of the study process. Comments may be submitted to:

      Consumer Affairs Manager

      P.O. Box 929631

      Columbia, SC 29292-9631