CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Postal customers in North Central West Virginia have most likely not even noticed a difference in their mail service. It’s been three weeks since the Clarksburg Postal Distribution Center closed and operations moved to Charleston.

As of July 1 half of the work had been done. The other half was completed on September 7, earlier than the originally scheduled September 30 deadline.

Cathy Yarosky, with the U.S. Postal Service, said the USPS was able to accomplish the early consolidation through hard work and good planning.

Yarosky said 105 positions were impacted by the closure but in the end no one lost their job.

“We have managed, working very closely with human resources, to find positions for everyone’s job who was impacted who wanted a job,” according to Yarosky.

She said some workers were reassigned to other postal facilities, others decided to retire.

A slight change has been made for bulk mail customers.

“Many of our business customers drop their mail at the bulk mail entry unit and we have changed the critical entry time from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” explained Yarosky. Other than that the mail is coming and going to and from homes at the same pace as before the consolidation.

Yarosky stressed just because the Postal Distribution Center is no longer at the Clarksburg facility that building is still in use.

“That building remains open,” she said. “We still have a bulk mail entry there and we still have a retail unit there.”

The closure of the Clarksburg center was announced back in December 2011. Despite attempts by the union to keep the facility open the postal service made it clear, with the changing nature of mail, it just wasn’t an option.

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Comments

  • Luke

    Typical of the government, even closing doesn't mean closing!

  • WV Citizen

    There is a need to report the truth...there is a difference in the mail service/delivery. The mail is being delivered later than normal...2-3 days LATER! The closing of the Clarksburg Postal Distribution Center had definitely affected the timeliness of mail delivery. Try checking with the postmasters at WV post offices and see what they have to say...or better yet contact the contractors and their drivers to get their input as to the crisscrossing of mail routes, wasting money for the extra fuel costs, routes that are delayed on a daily basis by hours because Charleston CANNOT keep of with the amount of mail now flooding them. Get the facts from the people who are actually responsible for moving the mail...you'll get totally different facts for a more honest article.

  • cynara

    No, I didn't notice last week when a "2-day delivery" Priority Mail package was shipped to me on Wednesday and arrived on Monday.

    Tracking said package was in Charleston on Thursday, went right past Morgantown and was in Warrendale PA on Saturday, then finally in Morgantown on Monday. How does that make sense?

  • JJ

    "Postal customers in North Central West Virginia have most likely not even noticed a difference in their mail service."

    No, of course none of us have noticed our mail coming 2-3 days later than it did before.

  • Independent View

    Not all of the jobs "saved' stayed in WV. Many went to PA and other states. Where was our "distinguished" U.S. Senators, Rocky & Joe when this was planned and being implemented?
    Central WV lost 105 good paying jobs thanks to their inaction!
    Rocky was busy securing a $600k grant for Yeager Airport to subsidize a new airline carrier to implement a direct flight from Charleston to Orlando. Disney World is were Rocky's legislative mental state resides and he wants to keep the John D. Rockefeller, IV on the airport terminal building at Yeager.
    As for Joe, he was too busy developing campaign commercials and running them on TV stations 5 1/2 years before he's up for reelection! And, out pressing the flesh at the New Dent's Run Shooting Range and National Hunting & Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Resort performing damage control for his obviously ill-advised Second Amendment Legislation. Batman & Robin, both are charalatans and Bafoons that DO NOT represent the majority of West Virginians!