Hampden Postal Processing Plant Reported to Be Consolidating 

It appears the Hampden mail processing facility will be consolidated with Scarborough.Senator Susan Collins said postal workers heard the news Wednesday night.TV-5 talked to postal service spokesman Tom Rizzo, who said they are unable to confirm anything at this time.”The postal service has a responsibility to directly notify its employees and stake holders prior to any public release of a study result,” says Rizzo.According to Rizzo, a public announcement will be made near the end of the month and no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will happen before May 15th.The postal service has said the consolidation will save them $8,000,000 a year.We’re told about 180 people work at the Hampden facility, and while some positions would be created in scarborough, more than 40 would be eliminated. The move would also affect mail delivery.Senator Collins sent a letter to the Postmaster General, calling the consolidation “unacceptable and incredibly short-sighted” in regards to the harm it will cause Maine businesses and customers, as well as postal workers at the plant.