Fayette County

Lexington postal processing and distribution center will remain open

The U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center on Nandino Boulevard in Lexington will remain open amid the closure of dozens of post office facilities across the country, according to a statement from Congressman Ben Chandler's office.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced in a news release Thursday that it will consolidate 48 smaller mail processing centers with those in larger cities beginning in July, with more to follow through 2014. After the consolidation period, about half of the service's 461 facilities will be closed.

The closures will result in the loss of about 13,000 jobs and, when fully implemented, "will generate cost reductions of approximately $1.2 billion annually," the release said.

The Lexington center, with about 184 employees, had initially been considered for closure.

Among the Kentucky facilities still expected to close are Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Hazard, London and Somerset. The work from those facilities would be transferred either to Louisville or Tennessee.

Chandler said he was pleased Lexington was spared.

"The Postal Service still has operating concerns that it needs to address, but I am glad it will not be at the expense of our region and the people who work at the Lexington facility," he said.