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No plans to close Toledo mail processing center

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Once again, concern has been spreading over the future of Toledo's mail processing center and the hundreds of people who work there. 

Posts began popping up on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that the facility will be closing in September.

We checked in with the postal service locally. A spokesman says the September closure is a rumor and nothing more.

He says the earliest the center would close is 2014, though he says nothing has officially been decided.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's office is ready for another fight to keep the facility open.

"When we started fighting for the processing center we knew that was just a battle in the war because the Postal Service, as everybody knows, is bleeding money and they're trying to find ways to save operating costs," says Steve Fought, spokesman for Rep. Marcy Kaptur. 

Last year the US Postal Service delayed ad plan to close more than 250 mail processing centers across the country, including the one in Toledo on Saint Clair Street which employs four hundred people.

The move would've meant Toledo's processing would've moved to Detroit or Columbus.

However, the US Postal Service agreed to a moratorium, or delay, which has since expired.

The postal service says Toledo is not on the chopping block yet, but if it does go on the list, it wouldn't close until 2014 at the earliest.

"We heard the same things you heard," says Fought. "We heard from people that work there, we're in touch with the union, we're in touch with postal officials. Every time there's a rumor going around that it's going to close, unfortunately a lot of people have grown to expect the worst, but we remain optimistic, we're going to keep fighting for it."

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