(FORT WAYNE) - The US Postal Service is closing an out-dated mail processing center in Fort Wayne.
Spokeswoman Kim Yates says the center was opened in the 1990's when only 2% of the nation's hand written mail could be read by optical scanners.
Upgrades in technology now allow more than 95% of all handwritten mail to be read by optical scanners. Yates says of the 415 employees, half are considered "long-term temporary" employees who work 360 days out of the year, are laid off for 5 days, then are called back.
Those employees will be laid off permanently. Yates says the remaining clerks. Managers and technicians will re-apply within the Postal Services for other jobs in the area or can take an early retirement option.
The Fort Wayne center is one of 55 similar centers closing around the country. Yates says there are two centers in Salt Lake City, Utah and Wichita, Kansas. The centers were created to last about 10 years.
The Fort Wayne center remained open for 14 years.
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