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USPS to close facilities in Lexington, Paducah

Will impact 340 employee positions

U.S. Postal ServiceLEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2014) — Mail processing and distribution centers in Lexington and Paducah are among 82 facilities nationwide slated to close next year as the U.S. Postal Service continues to consolidate locations in an effort to become more financially stable.

The USPS consolidation plan calls for Lexington’s operations to be moved to either Louisville or Knoxville; Paducah’s operations would be handled in Evansville, Ind. The plan will affect approximately 290 jobs in Lexington, while 50 Paducah positions, some of which are part-time, will be affected.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington said they plan to meet with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss the USPS closings.

Both the Lexington and Paducah USPS locations were originally slated for consolidation in 2012, but ultimately received a reprieve. The postal service has said that the 2012 round of 141 consolidations, which included eight Kentucky facilities, produced $865 million in savings. The upcoming consolidation is expected to save an additional $750 million.