Local mail service will not be disrupted

Metro Atlantans should not see any changes in the delivery of their mail following Thursday's announcement that several postal processing centers will shut down, U.S. Postal Service officials said.

In North Georgia, officials say the changes mean that processing now being done in Acworth, Athens, Cartersville, Douglasville and Marietta will be shifted to the Duluth facility, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Michael Miles said Thursday.

"There will not be any change to our retail operations," Miles said. "This move has been made to improve efficiency."

Postal workers in several Georgia cities were told that mail processing facilities where they work will close. It is unclear what will happen to all of the employees working in the metro Atlanta facilities. Miles said the Postal Service is working with labor unions to find work for employees at the facilities that are scheduled to close.

"In some cases, employees who work in those facilities may be moved to the Duluth facility or we will be looking to find work for them in other operations," Miles said.

The number of affected employees varies, Miles said. The Marietta facility, for instance, employs 31 people. Thirty-two work in Acworth, 10 in Douglasville, 23 in Cartersville and the Athens center employs 18.

Miles says the North Georgia facilities would not close until after May 15.

Elsewhere in Georgia, processing now being done in Augusta will be moved to centers in Macon and South Carolina, according to documents from the Postal Service. Work in Albany will be shifted to a center in Florida.

The Savannah Morning News reported that Savannah's mail processing facility also will close.

Post offices and retail sites that vend stamps and offer package service are not affected by the changes, Miles said.

"People will still get their mail," he said.

-- The Associated Press and Todd C. Duncan contributed to this article.