UPDATE: We're learning more about the closing of the East Texas processing and mail distribution center in Tyler off FM 3311.
Reps with the American Postal Workers Union confirms to CBS19 they were notified last month some plants would be shut down sooner than expected. Employees at the local facility were told the plant was closing in February of 2014, until Monday when that was accelerated to June of 2013.
Back in December 2011, CBS19 spoke to McKinney Boyd, USPS spokesperson in Dallas, about the possibility of the center closing.
"It allows us to better use our facilities as we handle a significant decrease in mail volume. we have to look at better ways to use our facilities," Boyd had said.
We are still waiting on an official comment from the USPS about this latest news. Employees who want to remain anonymous say they have the option of being relocated to other distribution centers.
There are 255 employees at the facility, and when it closes, mail will be re-routed to Shreveport, Austin, or Coppell, depending on your zip code.
TYLER (KYTX) - Employees at the Tyler Post Office Processing and Distribution Center tell CBS 19 they have been told the center will close June 1.
Employees who wanted to remain anonymous say managers told employees about the closure and layoffs Monday evening at about 5:00.
They say the center's closing means mail sent within the city of Tyler would now have to be processed in Dallas or Shreveport and could take up to three days to reach its destination.
Post Office representatives have said in the past that closures like this are necessary because the U.S. Postal Service is losing billions of dollars a year.
We have calls into the Postal Service Communications Program Specialist in Dallas, and the Tyler Postmaster. Neither representative has confirmed this information yet.