Kinston, Rocky Mount Mail Centers Closing

Mail will no longer be processed in Eastern Carolina as the U.S. Postal Service says it's closing down mail centers in Kinston and Rocky Mount, moving that work to Raleigh.

Some 100 people work at the downtown Kinston facility that processes and distributes mail for a large part of Eastern Carolina. For more than a year the Postal Service has been studying what do to with the Kinston center. It says since 2006, first class mail volume has dropped and it needed to reduce costs.

The Postal Service also announced it will close a processing center in Fayetteville, as well. Retail units, business mail entry units and the vehicle maintenance facilities at Kinston and Rocky Mount will not be affected at this time, according to a news release.

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  • by bal Location: Rocky mount on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Look at what ray said he said::: ray on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:20 AM in reply to Gary and i never heard THE 1ST thing that obama aint never said anything that bush messed up thats all the other people knew that he mess up and hopen obama says that BUT HE DIDNT.........
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      by Mike on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to bal
      Please, stay in school.
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      by Bloke on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to bal
      What the heck are you talking about? WOW
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    They can now go to their ONION excuse me UNION rep and cry.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:10 AM
    What a perfect example of what happens when the government controls something. It was never meant from the federal gov to have such power over things; and here we see the direct result. Hemorrhaging BILLIONS of dollars PER YEAR! What private entity could stay open after that?!
  • by WhyILoveobama on Feb 24, 2012 at 03:57 AM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 03:57 AM
    obama is going to blame bush
  • by John Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM
    I will not even begin to argue with the people who think they know what goes on at a place of business that they do not work at, however the USPS is in a bad place! Upper management has slowly sucked out the life of this one time profitable business...add to that the notion that our government has kept their hands in the postal coffers for years, stealing the profits earned by hard working tax paying Americans. Until 2006, the USPS was a profitable business, but congress decided to raid their profits and call for a pre-payment of retirement and healthcare benefits to the tune of 5.5 billion dollars a year! Tell me what business in the world could stand to pay 5.5 billion dollars every September 30th? The answer is none....and the reason congress mandated this change, so that it can use those profits to offset the national budget and other pet projects! Independent sources have stated that the USPS has been overcharged in this complicated payment scheme to the tune of 70 billion dollars. The USPS has already trimmed over 200,000 jobs in the last ten years due to automation and productivity, but they have now reached a point of skeleton crews who can't continue to prop up the figures of the 90's and early 2000's. This is an all time low in moral and the hands of the workers are tied from red tape and politics. The beloved service of Benjamin Franklinnis not dear, but some high up officials are trying to kill it off or sell it off in pieces! I never thought I would see the day when a great service would be ravaged by thieves, but that day is here. By the way, for those of you who don't know....the USPS hasn't received tax payer dollars since 1971. That's right, a service to all, for all, and for free.....but not for long! A sad day so it seems!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 03:51 AM in reply to John
      Apple computer would have no problem paying this every year. and that took me less than two seconds to think of a company than can pay.
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        by john on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:58 AM in reply to
        Yes, I'm sure Apple could strike a check for 5.5 billion to start the year off......but Apple is not going to visit every home and business in the USA today and have 38,ooo retail units as well. Also, a stamp cost .45 while Apple products cost generally between $500-$2,000! Now I love my Apple products, I own 6 diffeent pieces, but the USPS is a service oriented company and designed as a not-for-profit for the nation and ran with NO TAXPAYER MONEY!
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      by Gary on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:09 AM in reply to John
      The Postal Service $5.5 billion payment for retirement and healthcare benefits. I guessing you are a postal employee, this money will pay for your healthcare when you retire. Unless you will be affected by the job cuts then it's for all the other overpaid union employees, who get lavish healthcare and retirement benefits. Where is this money supposed to come from? Tax payers of another "government loan". The Postal Service does not receive tax money for its operations. The Post Office was given a $15 billion government ‘loan’ to help it through its financial difficulties. A loan from the US taxpayers it will never bother to repay. The agency says the $2.2 billion loss covers Jan. 1 to March 31, 2011 — sharply higher than the net loss of $1.6 billion for the same period last year. The post office also said it will have reached its borrowing limit, set by Congress, of $15 billion by the end of the fiscal year. So what we have here is a microcosm of the federal debt limit problem. And the solution would seem to be the same as well. Cut spending. Unless Congress intervenes, the Postal Service said, the agency won’t have the cash for certain payment to the government, such as billions for a trust fund to provide health care benefits for future retirees… Which is what this is all about. The Post Office wants the taxpayers to bail out its unions’ lavish pension programs. Just like the taxpayers did for the UAW.
  • by me on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    the reason theyre shutting down is poor service and customer satisfaction, my mail carrier is lazy and simply leaves all packages at the road because her cell phone conversation is too important. and a few weeks ago i mailed a package and they messed it up and it got sent back to my house (they forgot to put a point of origin stamp thing) when i took it to the postmaster he apologised, admitted it was the PO's fault and when i asked if theyed make it up by resending it for free he informed me id have to pay 8 more dollars! forget that!
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      by KG on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM in reply to me
      If you think this( your tiny problem) is the reason why they are closing then you are misguided and need to do your research! You are SOOO off base it's ridiculous!
  • by Gary Location: Kinston on Feb 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    This is just the start, the government can't run a business. The postal service is losing over 2 billion a year. I hope to see more closings, as with any business you have to cut cost to make the business profitable. If that does not work, shut it down or turn it over to a private company. The internet is killing the post office just like the internet has killed the recorded stores now they have to change with the times.
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      by Gary on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM in reply to Gary
      After my original post I did a google search the postal service lost 5.1 billion in 2011, I also found... "Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Postal Service, which predicts an annual loss of $18.2 billion by 2015, plans to eliminate 5.4 percent of its workforce by closing almost half its mail-processing facilities to decrease costs. The service plans to shut 223 of its 461 mail-processing plants by February 2013" The postal service lost $2.8 billion in fiscal 2008. But obama said the economy is getting better;)
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        by ray on Feb 24, 2012 at 04:20 AM in reply to Gary
        Obama said the economy was getting better, not the postal service.
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          by Gary on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:55 AM in reply to ray
          Ray-Ray The last part was just to get you liberals worked up. But 2008 $2.8B loss Bush 2011 $5.1B loss Obama But this is not an Obama debate.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Ironically, the USPS is a profitable operation. Unfortunately, our greedy government basically steals from it to fund other operation, creating the situation we are in now. So in this case, the government is directly responsible for the loss of these jobs.
  • by Postal Worker Location: Kinston Plant on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Waste is far from the truth as far as our workload! We work with a skeleton crew nightly with very high efficiency and exceptional results. The waste is within the upper level management beyond the control of us hard workers!
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      by Agree on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:09 AM in reply to Postal Worker
      Don't know abou this instance, but that is usually the case.
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