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Hostess to Close Selected Bakeries Due to Nationwide Strike
Hostess Brands ^ | November 12, 2012 | Hostess Brands

Posted on 11/12/2012 4:28:22 PM PST by mdittmar

Irving, TX – November 12 - Hostess Brands Inc. announced today that it will permanently close three bakeries today as a result of a nationwide strike initiated on November 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Bakers Union) that has prevented the facilities from producing and delivering products.

"Our customers will not be affected because we will continue to serve them from other Hostess Brands bakeries, but sadly this action will result in the permanent closure of three facilities and the loss of 627 jobs," said Hostess Brands CEO Gregory F. Rayburn.  "We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage – and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business."  

The bakeries to be closed are located in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati.  The Seattle facility employs 110 people and produces Hostess cake products; the St. Louis facility employs 365 people and produces Hostess cakes, Nature's Pride and Wonder breads; the Cincinnati facility employs 152 people and produces Butternut, Beefsteak Wonder breads.

"Some employees are apparently under the misimpression that if they force Hostess to liquidate, another company will buy our bakeries and offer them employment," Rayburn said.  "The fact is, the bakery industry already has far too much capacity, and there is a strong risk that many of our facilities may never operate as bakeries again once they are closed.   I believe the leadership of the Bakers Union knows this fact, but is willing to sacrifice its Hostess employees for the sake of preventing other bakery companies from asking for similar concessions."

Rayburn continued: "That hardest part of the decision to close any facility is knowing that it will result in the loss of jobs for those Hostess Brands employees who did not support the strike and who wanted to help revive the Company," Mr. Rayburn said.  "They didn't ask for these strikes, but they are paying a terrible price for them."

Additional information about the Company's labor issues can be found at www.hostessstrike.info.

About Hostess Brands

Founded in 1930 and based in Irving, Texas, the Company's products include iconic brands such as Hostess®, Wonder®, Nature's Pride®, Dolly Madison®, Drake's®, Butternut®, Home Pride® and Merita®. Hostess Brands has approximately 18,300 employees and operated 36 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Missouri; US: Ohio; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: jobs; layoffs
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Gonna buy a box of those Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts tomorrow with my coffee,yummy!

1 posted on 11/12/2012 4:28:25 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Gov. Christie is deeply saddened.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 4:29:28 PM PST by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: mdittmar

Who’s the union steward? What a Ding Dong!


3 posted on 11/12/2012 4:30:12 PM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: mdittmar
Gonna buy a box of those Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts tomorrow with my coffee,yummy!

Just make sure it wasn't made in Seattle, St Louis, or Cincinnati.

Seriously, this seems to be happening a lot recently. Are these the first shots of the revolution?

4 posted on 11/12/2012 4:34:03 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: mdittmar

The Obama method is to give the Unions taxpayer money with which to operate and call it ‘Employee owned business’. No risk to their assets, all reward!


5 posted on 11/12/2012 4:37:50 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: mdittmar

Too bad about those jobs lost in St. Louis.


6 posted on 11/12/2012 4:38:28 PM PST by clashfan (know your rights)
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To: mdittmar

is this company in Chapter 11 right now??


7 posted on 11/12/2012 4:42:33 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: mdittmar

If I was them I’d close them all, take my money to a tax friendly country and lay on the beach. Every once in a while I’d take out a full page ad in every town where I had bakeries with a pic of me on the beach with a little umbrella drink and say “F you, you don’t have a job or Twinkies and I get to sleep in every day thanks to you and your pinko friends”


8 posted on 11/12/2012 4:43:32 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: stevio

I wonder what Obama will rename Directive 10-289?


9 posted on 11/12/2012 4:43:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: mdittmar

If I was them I’d close them all, take my money to a tax friendly country and lay on the beach. Every once in a while I’d take out a full page ad in every town where I had bakeries with a pic of me on the beach with a little umbrella drink and say “F you, you don’t have a job or Twinkies and I get to sleep in every day thanks to you and your pinko friends”


10 posted on 11/12/2012 4:43:45 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: stevio
I think so,the unions have gone to far.

Hope the afl cio has plans in place to take care of it members for the long haul.

11 posted on 11/12/2012 4:46:39 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: SeaDragon

Ping


12 posted on 11/12/2012 4:47:38 PM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: mdittmar

Yea, unemployment, food stamps, free phone, etc...


13 posted on 11/12/2012 4:47:59 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: GeronL

Yep,gonna shut down and reorganize,without the Federal Government.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 4:49:15 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar; cripplecreek

All your bakeries are belong in Texas


15 posted on 11/12/2012 4:50:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: mdittmar

Not too smart to go on strike against a company in bankruptcy.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 4:54:10 PM PST by Riverine
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To: mdittmar

When I was a child in St Louis in the 60’s, we used to take field trips to the Wonderbread factory evert year. Sad to hear it closing after all these years because of union greed.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 5:03:46 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Riverine

Yep, freaking Obama voters are stupid


18 posted on 11/12/2012 5:05:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: mdittmar

I used to work in a bakery.

I was a pilot.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 5:07:11 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

;)


20 posted on 11/12/2012 5:44:36 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Seattle,Cincinnati, and St. Louis.

Blue cities all.

How’s that for “Forward”?


21 posted on 11/12/2012 5:55:46 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: mdittmar

Beautiful Response. I’m going to have to start buying Hostess products. But it’s not like they need those good paying jobs in Cinncinati, St Louis and Seattle right ?


22 posted on 11/12/2012 6:24:16 PM PST by Bigjimslade
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