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USPS to close 4 distribution centers in Wisconsin by end of 2015

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Four U.S. postal distribution centers in Wisconsin escaped the chopping block over the past two years -- but they might not avoid it next year.

The Postal Service now says four large mail distribution facilities will close for good by the end of 2015 in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison, and Rothschild near Wausau. It's part of the second phase of a national effort to consolidate postal facilities and cut costs.

The newest round of closures will involve 82 facilities, with a goal of saving $750,000 in costs. The Postal Service says all the workers at the affected centers would be re-assigned.

Newspapers in Eau Claire and Wausau say the mail that's distributed in their areas would be handled in St. Paul Minnesota and Green Bay instead.

The change at Eau Claire is expected to increase delivery times for first-class letters from an average of 2.14 days, to 2.25 days.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)