Photos and VideosMore Photos and Videos
SCHILLER PARK, IL - APRIL 20: Hostess Twinkies move through the packaging process at the Interstate Bakeries Corporation facility April 20, 2005 in Schiller Park, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. The Twinkie, an American icon and one of the nation's all-time favorite snack cakes, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. James A. Dewar created the beloved treat in 1930, while working as a Hostess bakery manager in Chicago. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Hostess, the company that makes the Ho Hos, Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks that children have been taking for lunch for decades, has notified the state of plans to lay off almost 200 people.
Hostess Brands, which is based in Texas, recently filed notices with the state Department of Labor that 187 employees could be laid off in early July.
Layoffs come as an effort to emerge from Chapter 11 and are possible at facilities in Bridgeport, East Windsor, Norwich, Uncasville and Chesire.
In East Windsor, 57 workers would be affected. In Bridgeport, 50 workers would be affected. In Cheshire, 42 workers would be affected. In Uncasville, 36 workers would be affected.
In Norwich, two workers could be laid off.
The notices also said Hostess would possibly close the Bridgeport, Cheshire, East Windsor and Uncasville facilities.
"On May 4th, we mailed conditional WARN notices to all 18,500 Hostess Brands employees around the country. The notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind down of the company is possible in the future. However, our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company with a strong future. We are simply fulfilling our requirements by sending these notices," Hostess officials said in an email statement on Tuesday.