Quincy mail distribution coming to a close

Mail processing in Quincy is coming to an end.

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed that it will cease mail processing Saturday near 48th Street and Wisman Lane, spokeswoman Valerie Welsch said.

The facility will completely close by the end of February. There are more than 27 employees who work at the facility. Some will be reassigned and others will retire, Welsch said.

Some employees will remain at the facility through the transition period that will end at the close of February.

Mail in the Tri-State area will now be processed at facilities in Springfield, Ill., St. Louis and Columbia, Mo.

The closure comes as the Postal Service seeks to control mounting debt and potential bankruptcy.

The agency recently raised the cost of mailing a first-class letter to 46 cents, while the price of a postcard increased from 32 cents to 33 cents, the Associated Press reported.

A new global â??foreverâ?? stamp now allows customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10. Currently, the prices for international letters vary.

The increase will make only a small dent in the U.S. Postal Serviceâ??s financial losses of $15.9 billion.