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Postal Service speeds closure of processing hubs

In a cost-cutting effort, the U.S. Postal Service intends to close 53 more mail-processing centers this year rather than in 2014 as originally planned.

The Postal Service announced its new consolidation schedule in a letter sent this week to the American Postal Workers Union. In January, the Postal Service identified 18 other mail-processing centers it will shut ahead of schedule.

The South Bend operation is not among the accelerated closings, according to both the letter and Mark Reynolds, a Postal Service spokesman in Chicago. The South Bend plant is scheduled to be combined with the Fort Wayne processing and distribution center on Clinton Street next year. The self-funded Postal Service has projected a loss of $7.9 billion for fiscal 2013. It lost $15.9 billion in fiscal 2012.

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