Hostess to Close

Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:45 AM EDT
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Hostess says it will shutdown unless enough members of it's striking bakery workers union return to work.

Hostess says it will shutdown unless enough members of it's striking bakery workers union return to work.

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Hostess Brands Inc. plans to close, according to the company's Web site.

In advance of the annoucement to close, the company notified Connecticut that layoffs are possible by mid-December.

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed notice with the state Department of Labor on Tuesday that an unspecified number of workers could lose their jobs.

You can read more about the company's plans here.

It has also file a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets.

The "wind down" means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

The Connecticut Post reports nearly 200 jobs are at stake, including drivers, mechanics, thrift store employees and others in Bridgeport, Cheshire, East Windsor, Norwich and Uncasville.

A filing with the state in May said 187 employees could be laid off should layoffs be necessary.

“I think it's unfortunate that the bakers think it’s OK to give up a job and be unemployed,” Patrick Wrenn, a route salesman, said.

“We have mortgages to pay, kids to feed, but obviously nobody cares,” Kareem Manchour, a salesman, said.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, operates 36 bakeries nationwide and has about 18,300 employees.

According to the public relations firm for Hostess, there are no reports of strikes or pickets at Picket lines are at 24 of 33 bakeries.  Hostess facilities in Connecticut.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest cuts to wages and benefits in a contract offer.
   
 

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