Needles, CA: An end of an era as Hostess Brands, Inc. will close all of their plants and lay off over 18,000 workers just days before the start of the holiday season.
The closure of Hostess Brands, Inc. will also affect 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers nationwide, as well as 570 outlet stores which includes many Hostess brand outlet stores in San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
Hostess Brands, Inc. located in Irving, Texas is known for their popular cream filled Twinkies and make other tasty treats such as Ding Dongs and Honey Buns.
On Monday, November 12th, 2012, Hostess Brands, Inc. permanently closed 3 plants because of a nationwide worker strike over possible cuts in wages and benefits. Days later, Hostess Brands, Inc. officials announced that it would be forced to liquidate if enough workers did not return to restore normal operations by Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday, November 15th, 2012, decision to close Hostess Brands, Inc. was made.
“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike. Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500 member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders,” said Hostess Brands, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Gregory F. Rayburn.
As news of Hostess going out of business, Twinkies have been flying off store shelves across the nation with many buying bag loads of the popular cream filled treat.
On Friday, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez stop on into the Cub’s Liquor Store located at 614 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California where there was very little Hostess products and no more Twinkies on the shelves. More empty shelves with no Twinkies were also reported by customers at the Buy Rite Market located at 1932 J Street in Needles, California.
People who are buying boxes of Twinkies are stocking up on the tasty treat or reselling the boxes of Twinkies for a higher price; some boxes of Twinkies being auctioning off for more then $100 dollars.
Fans of Twinkies are hoping that somebody will save the Twinkies and the many people who are losing their jobs.
Save the Twinkies, save the jobs and the world.
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