Postal service to consolidate sorting, close Akron center

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service plans to close an Akron mail-sorting center in mid-April as it consolidates six Ohio operations into two sites in Cleveland and Columbus to cut costs.

The closure isn’t a surprise. The Akron Beacon Journal reports part of the Akron mail-sorting operation was previously moved to Cleveland with the remainder closing April 18. The Akron post office at that location will remain open.

Local union vice president Mary Sitko says the change could hurt service and that local deliveries of cards and letters might take an extra day.

A postal service spokesman says about 400 people work at the Akron facility. Those affected by the closure will be offered jobs elsewhere.

Sitko says over 100 workers will likely be offered jobs in Cleveland.

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