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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  • by Donald Location: Bowling Green on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    I regret that the post office on the East side will be closing. It is near to where I live. The Postal Service is in big trouble financially. First class and all snail mail has decreased bigtime. The majority of us now pay our bills and do business over the internet. The vast majority of the mail that I get now are asking/demanding contributions, some junk mail and a few statements from people that I owe money. Therefore, the postal service must operate within a balanced budget and I think that goes for the United States budget also. Stop the subsities and the bail-outs with money borrowed from China.
  • by Rhonda Becknell Location: Portland, TN on Feb 24, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    I think it is really a shame that this branch will be closing. I have always gotten excellent service and have not minded the occasional lines. What a loss for Bowling Green and surrounding cities and counties.
  • by Buford Herman Location: bg on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    This is ashame ,heres goes more jobs ,its bad when the government has drawbacks .Is the economy getting better ? or is media stretching the truth?
  • by Lynne Location: Bowling Green on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    As someone that has a small business that depends on the postal service plant on Scottsville Road I hate it. There decision to close it means I make the decision to switch all my shipping to Fed Ex now. I have had numerous problems with the Nashville processing center that will handle it. Boxes leave here on the truck and once they get to Nashville they disappear. All have tracking on them and are loaded here at the back loading dock on Scottsville Road. Nashville tosses packages I do believe as they often don't leave that plant.
  • by Jim Location: Bowling Green on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    After all the public meetings about the postal service, their minds were already made up. This will be a blow to the economic development to Bowling Green and adjacent cities.What a shame!!!
  • by Disgusted w/USPS on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    What will be the replacement jobs other than low paying restaurant employment? Wake up local officials, the next industry to boom is going to be the moving industry when more people move away for better opportunities than what is offered here BG, your job market is a total crock which favors WKU & to heck with everyone else.
  • by Jim on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    What about the folks working here in BG? Will they be allowed to go to Nashville ?? Will this also delay mail by 1 or 2 days ??
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