Glenwood postal facility closing

Following months of study, the U.S. Postal Service decided to close a Glenwood Springs mail-processing facility and move its operations to Grand Junction.

The Postal Service said Tuesday the transition will be completed by October, and affected career employees will be reassigned to other vacant positions.

Postal Service is making the move to help save money after a 20 percent drop in national mail volume since 2007. The move would take advantage of more advanced automation at the Grand Junction distribution center on Burkey Street.

The Glenwood facility employed 37 people early this year. It handles about 300,000 pieces of mail per day. An initial study found the consolidation would save $1.2 million a year and result in the loss of 19 positions.

Postal Service spokesman Al DeSarro said some customer-service positions at the Glenwood facility will be moved to the post office in Grand Junction. The consolidation is expected to result in some additional jobs in Grand Junction.

The Postal Service opened the 16,000-square-foot Glenwood facility in 1997. The site processes mail for ZIP codes beginning with 816, covering areas as far away as Aspen, Vail and Craig. Though the change will mean some of that mail will travel farther to be distributed, the Postal Service says mail within the 816 ZIP codes will continue to be delivered overnight.

Mailers who prepare destination entry rate or “discounted” mailings will have to take them to the Grand Junction site, the Postal Service said.

At a public meeting in May, many workers at the Glenwood site questioned what savings would result from consolidation. They contended local mail would be shipped far out of its way at more cost and with the potential for delays. They also worried about the personal impacts of being transferred to other jobs.


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