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USPS closing Tyler Processing Center

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The U.S. Postal Service announced on Thursday the official decision of closing the East Texas Mail Processing center in Tyler.

That means the mail for zip codes beginning with 756 and 757 will now be distributed in either Austin, Beaumont, or Shreveport.

Dallas USPS representative McKinney Boyd couldn't confirm at this time if the changes would create a delay in mail service. Back in September, Boyd told KLTV that the move could delay mail service up to one day.

But, that may be the only choice since they are now consolidating their processing centers, including getting rid of the one here in Tyler.

According to Boyd, the USPS consistently loses $23 million every day.

Thursday's decision came as a result of the study performed a few months ago of the Dallas Mail Processing Center.

Boyd says the USPS just can't keep up--especially with the changes in technology.

"We're texting, we're emailing, we're paying our bills online, which impacts first class mail," Boyd said.

But the possibility of a mail delay already has East Texans talking.

Marian Brown says, "If they got here a day late, they usually give you a grace period. Maybe they'll give us an extra grace period. But I hate to see the postal service decrease."

And some are thinking of employees.

"Everyone needs a job, and we need more economical growth in East Texas. We just need to keep everything here in East Texas," says Roy Witcher.

But, Boyd says they need to do what's best to stay in business and make their customers happy.

"People will still be able to mail letters, buy stamps, they'll still be able to purchase shipping services at many of those offices," said Boyd.

Just a few months ago the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on the closing of some post offices, or in this instance, the processing facility. This will allow Congress the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.

So, as of now, and until May 15, the Postal Service is waiting by the phones to find out if and when the closing will happen.

We're told the Postal Processing Center will remain in full operation until at least May 15.

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