Dalton Avenue post office facility to remain open

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The United State Postal Service officially announced Thursday that the sorting facility on Dalton Avenue will remain open.

The sorting facility currently employs about 2,000 people. There is no word on whether the deal to keep the facility open also saves all the jobs.

According to a press release from USPS, the result of a study of the Cincinnati Processing and Distribution Center showed there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations.

Leaders with the American Postal Workers Union told Mayor Mark Mallory the news Wednesday afternoon.

"This is a really great announcement," said Mayor Mallory. "The union leadership that kept the elected officials informed as to what was going on really deserve a lot of credit here. This is a really welcome decision for 2,000 employees and for people all around Cincinnati."

Postal Union President Michael Funk called it a "Great day for Cincinnati" as he, Mallory and postal workers celebrated outside the distribution center.

"This is the greatest kept secret apparently in the history of the postal service because nobody knew including management," said Walt Luthy, a mail processing clerk.

Processing centers in Akron, Athens, Canton, Chillicothe, Dayton, Ironton, Steubenville, Toledo and Youngstown will shut down. Closing dates have not been set.

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