Due to closures, more mail processing coming to Duluth

DULUTH -- Five north Georgia mail processing centers are scheduled to close later this year, and the work of at least two will be shifted to the U.S. Postal Service's facility in Duluth, officials said Thursday.

The postal service announced Thursday a series of closings and subsequent consolidations across the state, part of an overall strategy to reduce costs. In north Georgia, the processing currently done at Acworth, Athens, Cartersville, Douglasville and Marietta offices will come to a halt.

The work at the Athens and Marietta operations will be moved to Gwinnett and the North Metro Processing and Distribution Center on Boggs Road. The two closing processing centers have more than 100 employees combined, and some of those could find work in Duluth, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Michael Miles said.

"We will follow guidelines for placement of employees according to our negotiated contracts," Miles said. "Some could conceivably go to work in Duluth."

The Duluth facility already boasts about 700 non-management workers.

While Miles said there was not yet a specific date for any closings and consolidations, an Associated Press report quoted officials as saying north Georgia centers would not close until after May 15.

The specter of change is statewide.

Acworth, Cartersville and Douglasville processing will be moved to Atlanta. Work previously done in Augusta will be moved to Macon and South Carolina. Processing in several south Georgia cities will be moved to Florida, with Savannah's processing distributed among centers in Macon, Florida and South Carolina. Work in Columbus will be moved to Alabama, officials said.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this story