Postal Service Closing Encoding Center

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. Postal Service says it plans to close its encoding center in Wichita, causing a loss of 380 jobs.

The postal service said in a news release Wednesday that the center would close later this year, likely in or shortly after September.

The center employs 797 people but only the 380 who are not covered by collective bargaining agreements will lose their jobs. The other employees will be reassigned to available positions within the postal service.

Officials said new technology that automates and speeds up processing of hand-written mail and poorly printed addresses made the encoding center obsolete.

The Wichita Eagle reports the only remaining encoding center in Salt Lake City will stay open.