The U.S. Postal Service will move mail processing and distribution out of Augusta, according to an announcement made Thursday morning.
“As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Augusta Processing and Distribution Facility to the Columbia, S.C. and Macon Processing and Distribution Centers,” said a press release from the Postal Service. “Once the transfer is completed, the mail processing operation in Augusta will cease.”
During a recent information session regarding the pending closure, postal officials said all of the ZIP codes serving Columbia County would be routed through the Macon center, while Augusta's ZIP codes will go through Columbia.
The release said a date has not been set for the transition and there would be no change to retail service at the Augusta Post Office.
Although the Postal Service agreed in December to a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities until May 15, that did not stop the decision-making process, postal officials said.
The Postal Service said that the planned consolidation is contingent upon the “outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards.”
The announcement was made to provide time for planning and notification to employees.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”