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Photos by Fritz Rethage ·
Posted June 21, 2003
Here is a sneak
preview of the facility due for full operations July 25, 2003
Mail Factory Migrates To Teterboro
The United States Postal
Service merged some operations for their internal customer service. This secure 24/7 postal factory will
handle processing and distribution for 074xx, 075xx and 076xx postal zip codes. USPS
brings together equipment and employees from Clifton, Paterson and Hackensack.
This move represents an in-house consolidation and will have no apparent affect on retail
delivery. This operation offers no community retail service. The South Hackensack
facility will continue retail services, bulk mail, etc.
There are about 1,000 employees who commute from the tri-state area. This several acre
facility will move about 3 million pieces of mail a week. First Class mail
will be processed in one day. Deliveries are done by 24-hour trucking and will
not use local roads. This facility is independent of Teterboro Airport operations.
This is the only new USPS plant being opened in the United States. It is expected to be
100% fully operational with the full complement of staff, all machines installed and
operational by July 25, 2003. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for September 2003.
The logistics of the migration
The USPS purchased an existing building and made modifications. Once completed, USPS
ramped up operations in a series of phases.
Phase One began in March 2003 with contractors installing equipment for fire protection,
dock, mechanical/plumbing, electrical, control systems, etc. In-house
maintenance started moving in along with some processing equipment. During April
2003 employees received guided tours, and some mail was being processed.
Phase Two had a standard mail move of selected zip codes ramped up.
From May through July, Phase Three and Four saw changes in Clifton and Paterson
operations. Hundreds of workers and more than 15 pieces of equipment were moved and
Phase Five -- By mid-June, an additional eight pieces of originating equipment were moved
and operations started processing all of Hackensack originating mail volume.
Phase Six from June to July additional equipment and employees were moved. During this
phase in period, Paterson and Hackensack support operations were completed.