Local business leaders discuss United States Postal Service closures

POSTED: 05:57 PM CDT Apr 10, 2013    UPDATED: 07:19 PM CDT May 14, 2013 
Columbia regional airport processing center
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

A major development group in Mid-Missouri fights back against the plans to shut down Columbia's mail distribution center.

Local business leaders discussed the impact of the potential closing.

Last week, the United States Postal Service announced in a meeting that local mail could possibly be processed in St. Louis or Kansas City -- a move that Postal Service officials say would help save more than $4 million.

Closing the processing center in Columbia would have two major local impacts.

Forty-two jobs will be transferred to either Kansas City or St. Louis.

Second, mail will take at least two to three days to be delivered.

Regional Economic Development chair Vicki Russell says Columbia's distribution center was ranked the most efficient in 2012 while St. Louis was ranked at the bottom.

Leaders of the group say there are bigger concerns - downsizing can lead to closure.

To voice your opinion, send a letter by April 17 to the following address:

Manager of Consumer and Industry Contact
Gateway District
1720 Market St. Room 1015
St. Louis MO 63255-9511