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Hundreds gather in Rothschild to try and save mail processing plant

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW)--The Rothschild Pavilion was packed with people Tuesday night for a public hearing on a proposal to consolidate mail processing facilities. Hundreds attended the event that allowed postal workers and community members to voice concerns over the possible closing of the processing and distribution center in Rothschild.

The US Postal Service is facing a $10 billion dollar shortfall and officials said cuts need to be made somewhere. "We need to look at our facilities to see how we can become more efficient," said USPS Spokesperson Sean Hargadon.

But postal workers said closing central Wisconsin's processing plant will hurt service. "I do not want people to see their service delayed. I do not want to see them pay first-class postage for second class service," said APW Union President Mike Tomczyk.

If the Rothschild plant is closed, letters will be sent to Green Bay. Tomczyk said that means it will take longer for mail to get to its destination.

According to a USPS study, closing the facility will save more than seven million dollars. A million alone in transportation costs. But Tomczyk said taking away a local plant will mean more travel time, while putting the facility's 155 workers at risk of losing their jobs.

Post Office officials said workers could be moved to other processing plants if the Rothschild location is closed.

A decision is not final. Postal leaders said this is only a proposal and a final decision will be made next year.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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