Bowling Green Mail Processing Operations Moving to Nashville

By: Elsa Bolt Email
By: Elsa Bolt Email

"I would prefer it to stay here, locally, just for the mail, getting it in a timely manner, plus keeping jobs here, I wish they wouldn't move it," says Carla Roberts, a local resident.

The mail sorting center along Scottsville Road will soon shut down.

It's all after the US Postal Service officially decided to move mail processing operations from Bowling Green, KY to Nashville, TN.

USPS Spokesperson David Walton says the postal service will take care of the more than 20 employees, who will be affected.

"We have a proven track record of working with affected employees to find opportunities at other locations so when all of this is said and done, everyone might not be doing what they're doing today, but hopefully will be in a different position at the Postal Service," says David Walton, a spokesperson for USPS.

But many customers here in Bowling Green are concerned about the changes for the workers.

"They're not going to have a job, and they have families and houses to pay for," says Jean Carmony, a local resident.

"It's a matter of convenience, not having to travel, drive farther down," added Henry Jette-Blanche, another local resident.

Walton says the Postal Service just wants to keep mail affordable since the recession and electronic diversions are causing less people to mail letters and ultimately, causing the Postal Service to lose money.

"People just have other ways to communicate these days, instead of sending your traditional card and letter in the mail, they use Facebook and Twitter," says Walton.

Walton also says mail delivery will be delayed by about a day, but it won't delay the delivery of medications.

"Whether my mail comes in today or tomorrow, I really don't care," added Carmony.

Walton also says the sorting center in Bowling Green is just one of several set to close in Kentucky.

The closings won't take place until after May 15th.

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