Future of Hampden Mail Processing Plant Still Uncertain 

The U.S. Postal Service is still unsure of what the future holds for its mail processing plant in Hampden.Earlier this month, a decision was made to hold off on closing or consolidating plants and post offices across the nation.Tuesday, Senator Olympia Snowe toured the Hampden faciilty.Nearly 200 people work there.Snowe met with employees.She says their work is crucial to this part of Maine.”I don’t understand the rationale of the U.S. Post Office to suggest that somehow there should be a consolidation of this particular facility in this state given the large geographical distribution that it requires, given the cost it would present to those who live in this area,” says Snowe.A study is under way to see if the work done in Hampden could be sent to a facility in Scarborough.Senator Snowe says she doesn’t believe one facility is enough for the state.A community meeting to discuss the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th at 6 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.