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Rothschild USPS center set to close

On Monday, The US Postal Service announced the distribution center in Rothschild is closing.

USPS leaders say the consolidation is part of their Phase 2 network rationalization.

U.S. Postal Service leaders say this is just one of 82 facilities that will close next year. Facilities in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Madison are also set to be consolidated.

The U.S. Postal Service expects the closures to save $750 million annually. These closures come on the heels of 141 facilities that were consolidated in 2012 and 2013.

It's unclear exactly when the Rothschild plant will shut down. But officials say all the consolidations will be complete by the fall mailing season.

Wausau area local 4532 APWU President Mike Tomczyk spoke with says they just found out about the closure Thursday afternoon.

He says about 90 percent of the employees at the Rothschild plant are union members. Tomczyk says members are protected under a contract through November 2015. He says, so far, that contract is still being upheld.

"I'm not very happy about it because it's going to affect my members. But our membership has been going down ever since found out about this the first time," said Tomczyk. "We just recently got a breathe of fresh air and thought we were going to stay open and then here it comes again."

USPS leaders say operations at the Rothschild facility will be moved to Green Bay.

As far as customers are concerned, USPS leaders say this should not impact the delivery process.

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