SALT LAKE CITY — It’s the place where “bottom of the barrel” mail gets sent to be deciphered—The United States Postal Service remote encoding center (REC). And the only center of its kind left in the U.S. is located in Salt Lake City.
Located on the outskirts of Salt Lake City at 1275 S. 4000 West, the REC processes millions of pieces of poorly-penned mail.
“Every day, we process an average of 4.4 million images of mail pieces,” said Barbara Batin, a senior manager at the REC.
More than 1,200 employees sift through slide after slide of computerized scanned images of mail to decode addresses, zip codes and city and street names on parcels, envelopes and magazines.
The REC never stops paying people to decode people’s poor penmanship as it runs 24 hours a day. The types of mail images that end up at the REC are the pieces that couldn’t be understood by USPS computer technology.