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Shrewsbury – It is not yet definite but there are strong indications that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closing the Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center this spring. USPS officials, citing soaring costs and declining mail volume, said that some facilities should be shut down and others consolidated in order to save money.

Local and state officials, and many of the center's 517 employees, packed a meeting in January to protest closing the facility. U.S. Rep. James McGovern, 3rd district, said that it does not make sense to target the center for closure as it is relatively new, has state-of-the art equipment, and is in very good condition. He added that unlike many other centers, the Shrewsbury facility has not seen a decrease in mail volume but has actually seen a steady increase over the past few years.

A final decision on the center is due in May.