Hostess closes due to nationwide strike
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Wonder Bread announced its closing plants across the U.S., putting an estimated 18,500 employees out of work.
The company claims a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to run plants properly. The strike began a week ago after employees rejected a contract slashing wages and benefits.
Hostess officials say locations in Montana include about 250 employees. Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Keith Kelly says the company closure will impact local communities.
Kelly says, "If you aggravate it on the state wide economy, we go up and we go down. Jobs are added here, it will get absorbed into it. But the impact to those individuals is real and local and probably primarily Yellowstone County and Billings, Montana where the old Sweetheart Bakery, Eddie's Bakery, was located at that is going to take the hit on this."
There is still potential for some of the company's treats to remain on store shelves, Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn says he is looking for a buyer for about 30 Hostess brands.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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