The United States Postal Service announced Thursday they will close and consolidate eight mail processing facilities in Indiana in order to cut costs.
According to the news release, facilities in Bloomington, Lafayette, Muncie, Kokomo and Columbus will move to Indianapolis.
Additionally, the Gary mail operation will move to Bedford Park, Ill. The South Bend center will relocate to Fort Wayne and the Terre Haute facility will be split between Indianapolis and Evansville.
Although the operations will transfer to new locations, the U.S. Postal Service said there will be no change to the retail operations at this time.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
The postal service said they have experienced a 25 percent decline in first-class mail since 2006 and relies on the sale of postage because they receive no tax money.
No specific dates for the transitions have been announced.