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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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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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