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 ARLINGTON, Texas, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Support Systems

Inc. (LSSI) reported today it has been awarded seven contracts by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to develop facilities to automatically bar code first-class mail. Under a $5 billion postal service modernization project, Lockheed will establish remote bar coding system operations in Lumberton and Fayetteville, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Laredo, Texas.
 Total employment at the four sites will be approximately 2,000 people. Nearly 250 proposals were submitted by 45 companies to the USPS in a competitive bidding process. The estimated value of the contracts to Lockheed is approximately $73 million over two years.
 "We selected these cities primarily on the basis of availability of employees, lease costs for the sites and costs of telephone lines," said Robert Tokerud, president of LSSI. Lockheed plans to begin refurbishing the facilities and installing Sprint telephone communications in about 30 days. "Our goal is to be on-line and operational by mid-September," Tokerud added.
 The remote bar coding system uses video imaging technology to take an electronic "picture" of each letter that cannot be processed on automated equipment. This "picture" is then sent electronically to the contract site serving that mail processing facility, which is not necessarily in the same city.
 At those sites, contract employees read the "picture" of the address and key a portion of it into a computer which determines the correct ZIP+4 code. This new information is then transmitted back to the mail processing center where a bar code is applied to the face of the envelope. The letter can then be sorted on high-speed bar code sorters.
 Letters that cannot be read by optical character recognition equipment include handwritten addresses, addresses printed faintly or letters with some type of printed interference in the addressing area.
 When fully deployed, the RBCS will process about 20 percent of letter mail containing mostly handwritten addresses. Another 40 percent of the mail will be pre-bar coded letters from large volume mailers. The remaining 40 percent will be bar coded by Postal Service multiline optical character readers.
 LSSI, a subsidiary of the Lockheed Corp. (NYSE: LK), was formed in 1980 to provide low-cost, medium technology operation and maintenance services to the U.S. government, commercial companies and other Lockheed companies. The company is headquartered in Arlington, where it employs approximately 90 personnel. On field assignments worldwide, LSSI employs about 3,200 people at more than 90 locations in the United States and overseas.
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 /CONTACT: John Dailey of Lockheed Support Systems, 714-395-2357/
 (LK) CO: Lockheed Support Systems Inc.; U.S. Postal Service ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: CON

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