Lufkin mail processing center closing

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 5:59pm

There are many changes going with mail processing centers in East Texas.

The center in Tyler was set to shut down next year, but  now that's not the case.

We've learned the Tyler mail processing facility's demise will be accelerated to a sooner date.

"Just complete incompetence, or complete dishonesty, or these decisions are being made in Washington which is always a problem."

Louie Gohmert, U.S. Congressman of East Texas had a meeting with the District Manager of the U.S. Postal Service Dallas office Tuesday to discuss the closure of the Tyler facility this summer.

"Toward the end of the meeting I said well Lufkin hadn't had heard anything in a while I want to make sure they're okay that's they're no plans for them because they got an original closing being considered," says Louie Gohmert.

A closing for 2014 which was mentioned in 2011.

"He said no because they are fantastic they're functioning over 98% efficiency in Lufkin," says Louie Gohmert.

Gohmert tells KETK, within 24 hours.

"We get a certified letter that was sent before the meeting was even started, probably before they left Dallas that says they're closing the Lufkin processing plant," says Louie Gohmert.

And that Lufkin mail operations will be moving to North Houston.

U.S. Postal Service Office in Dallas released a statement to KETK stating, "These consolidations may result in employee reassignments".

KETK spoke to Lufkin Deputy City Manager Keith Wright, he says, it's a shocker and it's going to take jobs out of the city.

"There's a lot of communities around Lufkin that it distributes to and to move that process a couple hours a way doesn't seem to us to make a lot of sense," Keith Wright.

"Keith is exactly right, it came out of nowhere," says Louie Gohmert.

Gohmert says, decision making should be done locally.

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