In case you weren’t aware — basically all mail in northwest Iowa has been going to Sioux City for processing for a number of years now. That includes letters you send to an address across the street — everything goes to Sioux City first.
But as a result of a study begun in March, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Sioux City Processing & Distribution Facility (P&DF) to the Sioux Falls Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC). Once the transfer of operations is completed, the Sioux City P&DF will be closed. Local mail delivery will not be affected by the move.
Hawkeye District Manager Gail Duba says that given the drastic 20 percent decline in mail volume the Postal Service has experienced since 2007, the postal service must take action to reduce the size of the mail processing network. Consolidating operations and placing people where they are needed is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.
The postal service understands their employees concern over this move, but the consolidation makes sense given the fiscal realities. The Sioux Falls P&DC has the capacity to handle the additional workload and the postal service can realize significant savings by shifting operations there.
The transition will be completed by October of this year. Affected career employees will be reassigned to the Sioux Falls P&DC or to other vacant positions.
This move will not cause any changes in local mail delivery says Duba. Letters mailed to local addresses will be delivered the next day, the same as before.
There will be no change in service standards for 97 percent of the mail. However, as a result of the consolidation, service to ZIP Codes starting with 505, 514, 686 and 687 will change from overnight to 2-day. Service to ZIP Codes starting with 560, 561, 570, 571, 572 and 573 will improve from 2-day to overnight.
By Scott Van Aartsen