Updated Thu, Feb 23, 2012 3:13 pm
The U.S. Postal Service has decided to move mail processing operations from nine Ohio facilities to other sites, mostly in Cleveland or Columbus.
It announced today that operations from Athens, Chillicothe and Ironton will be moved to a Columbus facility.
The Postal Service also announced it will cease mail processing operations in Parkersburg, and the work will be moved to another facility.
The changes are part of a nationwide consolidation of mail processing operations.
Officials say the consolidations are necessary because first-class mail volume has declined by 25 percent since 2006.
A date for the changes isn't set.