The 60 new RPDCs would be the largest type of facility in the Postal Service’s new system and would be tasked with sorting mail and packages to be sent to other regions, according to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service. The RPDCs are intended to serve as the Postal Service’s hubs for long-distance transportation.
The agency spent about $86.7 million to configure the Gastonia industrial warehouse to the RPDC format, according to a March report by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission.
In addition to the Gastonia facility, which serves the Charlotte region, the Postal Service plans to open three more regional processing facilities this year in Atlanta, Chicago and Richmond, Virginia, Bogenberger said.