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37-percent decline in mail moves up cuts at the Norfolk, NE postal processing center

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NORFOLK, NE. (KTIV/US92) -

Budget cuts in the U.S. Postal Service are going to be hitting close to home sooner than expected.

It was announced recently that the postal processing center in Norfolk, Nebraska will be scaling back production as soon as this summer.

Earlier, postal officials said it wouldn't be until 2014 that cuts would be made at Norfolk's postal processing center.

However, due to a 37-percent decline in first-class mail for the U.S. Postal Service that time line is being moved up.

The postal service says it is losing $25-million per day.

Due to this drastic decline, postal officials say measures need to be taken and business as usual is not an option.

The Norfolk postal processing center will not close completely at this point, but postal leaders say that processing will be shifted to Omaha at some point this summer.

When it comes to workers who are employed at the Norfolk processing center, many of the roughly 60 employees will be offered transfers while others may choose retirement.

No specific timeline or jobs numbers have been released by postal officials.

Postal customers in Norfolk are also seeing new signs posted on most mail drop-off locations that list a deadline of 4:45 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. if next day delivery is desired.

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