Never mind, it turns out, in the case of our story in Thursday’s edition about plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close one of its three processing centers in Memphis.
A list of distribution and processing facilities to be closed by the USPS included the facility on Jet Cove, east of Memphis International Airport.
In putting the story together, we attempted to contact the USPS but didn’t get a return call by press time. However, spokesman David Walton got back to us Friday with word the Jet Cove facility is not proposed for closing despite it being on the list released in September of facilities to be closed.
The list, even without Jet Cove, remains a very real cut in the Postal Service’s infrastructure nationally.
“I don’t know why that Jet Cove annex was on that original list … because we plan to do nothing with that facility,” Walton said. “It’s going to stay put.”
The three centers in Memphis will benefit from cutbacks or closings proposed in Jackson, Tn. and Tupelo, Ms. as outlined in the detailed proposals the USPS put out earlier about public hearings in those areas.
As for the other two Memphis bulk mail facilities, they are not operated by the USPS district, but by the area arm of postal service. One has only one USPS employee with the other workers being contract labor.
“Those aren’t going away either,” Walton said of both of those facilities.