CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Postal Service plans to cease mail processing operations in four West Virginia cities and move the work to other facilities.
The changes announced Thursday are part of a nationwide consolidation of mail processing operations.
Mail processing operations in Bluefield and Parkersburg will be moved to Charleston. Operations in Clarksburg will be transferred to Charleston and Pittsburgh, and operations in Petersburg will be moved to Johnstown, Pa.
The Postal Service says the consolidations are necessary because first-class mail volume has declined by 25 percent since 2006. Retail and business units won't be affected.
Dates for the consolidations haven't been set. A moratorium on postal closings and consolidations remains in effect until May 15.
The changes are contingent on pending rulemaking for a proposed revision of service standards.