US Postal Service to close more than 200 plants

Knoxville, TN (WVLT) - The US Postal Service has announced new plans to consolidate or close 223 mail processing plants.

There are 35,000 jobs at stake starting in late May or June.

The processing plant consolidations would save 2.1 billion dollars and are part of the agency's broader effort to save 20 billion dollars in the next three years.

The postal service is in debt due to declining first class mail volumes and a congressional mandate to refund retirement health care benefits.

In Tennessee, the processing centers in Chattanooga, Jackson, and Johnson City will all close. The Johnson city work will move to Knoxville.

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