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Hostess Bakery to Close, More Than 300 to Lose Jobs

Maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread to lay off more than 18,000 workers.

More than 300 North Jersey workers will lose their jobs due to Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ring Dings, and Wonder Bread, going out of business.

The Texas-based company Friday asked a federal bankruptcy court’s permission to close down a week after its bakers union went on strike.

The company is in the process of liquidating and is shutting down all of its factories, said Tammy Taylor, a spokeswoman for Hostess Brands Inc. said Friday afternoon.

The company said it would layoff its 320 workers at its Wayne bakery and 70 at an outlet store in Carlstadt. The layoffs would take effect July 3 and the facilities will be sold.

No one could be reached for comment at the Wayne bakery.

Gov. Chris Christie attempted to avoid Twinkies jokes and declined to comment on the closing.

Workers were warned they could lose their jobs in May after the company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The company employed more than 18,500 workers.

Hostess is shutting down three plants Monday as a result of a strike by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, the company announced in a statement issued Friday morning.

The strike “crippled the company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities,” the statement read.

In addition to closing its 33 bakeries, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Drakes and Dolly Madison, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

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YGBFKM November 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
"OBAMANOMICS" Oh, and union thuggery.................HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
eyes wide shut November 16, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Willard RMoney will bail them out just like he did the auto industry LOL...Care to whine with YOUR sour grapes LOL
YGBFKM November 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I see you're still on the non-adult beverages like Kool-Aid! A little intelligence would help before you regurgitate all the crap they've been feeding ya, DRONE!
ninety nine November 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Stand proud union brothers! You have become martyrs in the labor struggle. I know its tough to explain how you stood your ground and didn't back down to impending growling stomachs, but your sacrifice won't be forgotten! When the fat cats long for their beloved twinkies we will prevail!
Dead Hoffa November 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
union my ass...... Wait a few months and see how proud your "brothers" are.....hope there's plenty room at your table for them to eat when "their stomachs start to growl" and not for twinkies friend.......stupid, stupid, stupid..........
Pad November 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Don't worry the owners will sell off the remains piece by piece and come out ahead. While the unions wouldn't make concessions you have to ask how much the CEO and all the heads of the company were willing to give up? I bet the CEO, VPs etc. didn't give up one thin dime to help the struggling company. Did they give up their bonus or take cuts or pay more into their healthcare? Probably not. They blame the unions and the workers, but I am sure there was much more to blame. No one has cited the rise in price of ingredients, energy, insurance, fuel cost, taxes etc. The workers and the unions become easy targets to lay the blame on. Open the books and the truth will be told.
Warren November 17, 2012 at 05:25 AM
This was a perfect storm. Terribly run company and inflexible and lazy unions. This is similar to the Pan Am strike that brought the company to go out of business. Rather than make any concessions, the union wouldn't budge, the company cosed and the idiots were out of jobs.
anthony November 17, 2012 at 09:20 AM
WALL STREET INVESTORS took over the company after it first bankruptcy.. attempted to resolved the mess by attacking the company most assets.. the workers... typical ole Mitt boys take from the little guys so they can keep there toys.. listen to what I say.. they took over after hottess came out of the first bankruptcy.. they had 10 CEO and each one got millions of dollars in bonus money.. out the 10 two stayed.. the other 8 took the money and ran.... now you think about it!
Bobtwo November 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Doesn't matter who is right or wrong, 18,000 people out of work. Maybe they (unions) thought that the government would come in and bail them out like they did with GM. These unions should use their heads, besides themselves there are many non union people that are also effected.
Flood Plain November 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Only stupid people, or Barry insiders, would make such uninformed and uneconomic statements. The union did what unions do--make the lowest paid workers lose their jobs so the fat union leaders can keep earning union members' wages. They're hoping to have Barry Nationalize the firm. Idiots and Marxist believe in bully and thug tactics of plundering the productive citizens.
99 November 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Workers Unite! Stand strong and become the mortar that binds american labor! Twinkie lovers and wonder bread devotees will cave to our solidarity! Today a twinkie tomorrow a fruit pie! Our power has no boundary!
Warren November 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
" A donut or twinkie for every union leader with a pinkie ring! "
Dead Hoffa November 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
99, lol......
YGBFKM November 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Flood Plain- Aren't you the one I had to straighten out on the Pompton Flood Gates too? UNION (boses) could have saved this co. but NO, all they do is fight for themselves at the expense of the workers. Sad, but true in these times.
kevin November 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The union workers who work for Hostess have been giving back and making concessions since 2004. The company has been bleeding money and claimed 2 bankruptcies in the process. Don't blame the workers they've hung in as long as they could
stewart resmer November 18, 2012 at 01:50 AM
The Wall Street hedge fund managers who run the company have squeezed every cent out of Hostess for eight years. And they’ve put their friends with no experience in the baking industry in high-level management positions. What’s happening here is a classic Bain Capital-style assault—blame the little guy to cover the greedy corporate policies that are gutting the middle class. It’s not just happening to the workers who make the great products Americans love. What’s happening at Hostess is happening to workers all over this country. It’s wrong. And it has to stop.
joe November 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
it goes to show you that unions are all out for themselfs.....they are ruining business the unions are not as powerfull as they once were,but on the other hand the workers had a chance to go back to work but chose not to and stand by thier WEAK union,they called the companys bluff and now they are crying that they lost there jobs....well maybe now the future union workers will think twice before standing with thier union....whats more inportant....providing for your family and you...or...sticking with your union that doesnt care if you loose your job....the union bosses get paid no matter what....sorry for the workers but thats what happens when you call someones bluff........NEVER trust a union.....unions are for the slack-off worker within the company.......real workers dont have to fear for thier jobs,its for all the slack-offs out there and you know who you are......get rid of the unions once and for all they are destroying business,we have laws to protect workers rights......you dont need a union period
Pad November 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Joe, Yes, we have laws but we don't have laws protecting how workers are treated and laws concerning pay. Yes, we have minimun wage laws. Can you live on that. The benefits many white collar workers enjoy today and laws concerning job safety, workin hours, overtime etc were fought for by union workers. Many of non-union companies have gone under also and management plundered workers retirement funds etc. Hostess would have went under no matter what. Look at the history of the company when former CEO's walked away with over a million dollars in their pockets. The CEO's are doing damage control and the unions and workers are the fall guys in this. Look at the history of corporations and their leaders. If they had their way everyone including you would be working for minimum wage, 60-80 hours a week, no vacation time, paid holidays and especially no healthcare. Wise up and open your eyes. Corporate CEO's get richer and richer and the average working person is getting poorer and poorer. This all amounts to greed. If you call the unions and its workers greedy, what do you call the corporate CEO's who rape companies of millions even when the companies earnings are falling? Many companies have gone under and the CEO's still walked away with millions.
Bobtwo November 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
True there is corruption but it is on both sides. Union leaders don't do to bad either. Unions do have a place but they have pushed the envelope to far.
Jack Q November 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Stew, the election is over. Stop blaming Romney. There is greed on both sides, unions and management.
Warren November 20, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I know a management group that was entertaining buying the company. The due diligence showed that the union was dug in and would rather close the doors than budge. Prior management continually caved into the unions which made it nearly impossible to close the bloated bakeries and distribution centers.Similar to GM. The route system and accompying technology was antiquated. 2/3 of the company locations and about 1/4 of the workforce could have easily been eliminated to turn a profit. This could have been easily done.Long term, decertifying the unions would be the only answer to restore the company to profitibility. The rigid stance of the union bosses is the reason that no one would risk buying this company even for pennies on the dollar.
Pad November 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Really, The unions were making concessions and pay cuts for years. I guess enough was enough. All while managent got raises and bonuses. A few walked out with over a million in their pockets.
Sologray November 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
There is a solution here. All of you people who think the Unions are really working for the little guy should start their own bakery business and have to deal with all the things a business owner has to deal with. You deal with the government regulations, taxes, Union demands, worker benefits, etc. etc. that come along with owning a business and providing jobs for people. Then you can also give the employees what you think they should have and see how you come out. The employees work 8 hours a day and do not have to deal with all the things a business owner deals with but you seem to think that they should make as much as the business owner. I hope all the now unemployed Hostess employees find new jobs and get all the pay and benefits they dream of. Just remember there is a minimum wage and there are a lot of people working for this minimum wage and are happy to have a job. The Unions are the fat cats making bookoo bucks even from employees who do not want to belong to a Union. They take your union dues whether you choose to belong or not. Believe me, the unions are working for themselves and not the employees. The Hostess employees will be without jobs but the Union bosses will still be working. Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobtwo November 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Sologray, well put, I agree 100%.

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