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Plans to consolidate the United States Postal Service's Clarksburg Distribution Center with the Charleston processing facility are progressing as planned. The Clarksburg center will be closed by the end of September 2013. Most of the mail processing at the Clarksburg facility was consolidated into the Charleston processing facility on July 1, said Cathy Yarosky, with the USPS.

The Clarksburg facility will remain open for business customers using the Bulk Mail Entry Unit, or BMEU, and the front retail store where people can buy stamps, mail packages, and other post office activities, will remain open to the public. Yarosky said residential mail delivery times won't be affected by the consolidation, however BMEU customers should drop items off between 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. If items are received after 3 p.m., they will be delivered the following day.

The facility consolidation will impact about 100 position, said Yarosky, although no one will be laid off. People will be reassigned to other positions or other locations. The USPS anticipates saving $4,701,000 by consolidating the Clarksburg facility. The USPS said it doesn't experience the mail volume to justify the size and capacity of its current mail processing network. Total mail volume has declined by more than 52 billion pieces since 2007. As a result, the USPS loses $25 million a day. As part of a comprehensive plan, the USPS aims to reduce costs by $20 billion by 2015.