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Hostess Forced to Close its Doors

After failing to reach a deal with the baker’s union, Hostess’ CEO Greg Rayburn said, ‘this is it’ for the baked goods company on Friday, November 16th, 2012. Rayburn reassured Today that this was not a ploy to initiate a negotiation. The company has already suspended operations at its plants and layed off most of the 18,500 workers the company employs. Hostess has asked the court for permission to liquidate its assets, which includes 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers.
Hostess is most famous for baked goods such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s, Sno Balls, Donettes and the country’s best-selling brand of white bread, Wonder Bread. The company plans to sell its famous brands as part of their liquidation and will continue to sell already-baked products for several more days. The company was forced to permanently close three plants last Monday as a result of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) strikes. Later in the week, Rayburn said that Hostess did not have the “financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.”
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