9 Ohio postal processing sites to be eliminated

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service has decided to move mail processing operations from nine Ohio facilities to other sites, mostly in Cleveland or Columbus.

The financially struggling postal service had been studying the possible elimination of 10 processing facilities in Ohio.

It announced Thursday that operations from Athens, Chillicothe (chil-ih-KAH'-thee), Dayton and Ironton will be moved to a Columbus facility. Its Cleveland facility will handle processing previously done in Akron, Canton and Youngstown. Steubenville's processing operations will go to Pittsburgh. The work from Toledo will be split among the Columbus facility and two in Michigan.

The Cincinnati processing center was spared. The study found consolidating that work wouldn't significantly boost efficiency or service.

A date for the changes isn't set. The postal service previously agreed not to consolidate facilities before mid-May.

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