Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D., working with David Martin, former District Manager for the Lakeland District of the Postal Service, Kagen was able to forestall efforts to move facilities from Green Bay to Oshkosh, and help Green Bay hang on to its postmark. Kagen's actions helped preserve jobs in Green Bay and save the city's valued postmark.
"This is a great day for Green Bay, Titletown USA," said Dr. Kagen. "I'm delighted at the U.S. Postal Service's decision to keep our jobs and valuable postmark here in Green Bay, continuing the first-rate services at the Green Bay Post Office Distribution Center."
Kagen first contacted Martin on October 5, 2009, after area businesses, constituents and labor groups expressed concerns over job losses, delays in mail delivery and the loss of the historic post mark. Subsequent meetings with the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Green Bay Packers reinforced the urgency of Kagen's efforts.
"We were pleased to learn Green Bay is going to continue to have its own postal distribution center, along with the " Green Bay' postmark, to serve the proud members of our community," Packers President Mark Murphy said.
The Postal Reform Act of 2006 requires that post offices conduct Area Mail Process (AMP) studies to determine if regional processing and distribution facilities may be consolidated.
"This is great news for the Postal Employees in the Green Bay Post Office," Greater Green Bay Labor Council President Tony Vanderbloemen said. "Thanks to the hard work of Representative Steve Kagen and many other area representatives, some 40-45 family supporting jobs in our community will not be lost. It also saves our identity as Titletown U.S.A. and will provide high quality mail service throughout all areas of Northeastern Wisconsin."
In an effort to improve productivity and increase efficiency, the Postal Service plans to conduct an additional AMP study at the Oshkosh Processing & Distribution Facility for possible consolidation of operations into the Green Bay Processing and Distribution Center.