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Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands.

The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.

Private equity groups Apollo Global Management and Metropolis & Co. — now doing business as Hostess Brands — paid $410 million to buy the Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake lines as well as five plants as part of the company's liquidation process.

The investment firms are now trying to revive operations in order get Twinkies, Ho Hos and other popular snack cakes back on shelves by the end of July.

Hostess Brands said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indianapolis and Schiller Park, Ill. The company has already begun accepting applications at some sites and begins hiring next month. The company expects some locations will begin operating in late May.

Hostess also tried to combat the perception that the company is anti-union. It said in a statement Monday that Hostess respects union rights and will not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of union membership or union activities and would respect associated legal obligations.

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  • jobs are jobs
    I'm unemployed, permanently laid of from a non-union position. If Hostess has jobs, I'm, applying. Look forward, not backward.
  • perfectly illustrated
    The fact that the plants are being opened in Right to work states should not be lost on anyone. Traditionally the south has lower labor costs, however they have chosen to create jobs in the generally more expensive states that do not have the same Union risk. In a lot of ways it would be easier to re-open existing facilities, but is simply not worth the risk.
  • losing proposition
    That sounds like a bad business plan. The cost of union labor is only part of the reason why Hostess went out of business. There is plenty of competition in the junk food market and consumers have been trending towards healthier food options. It may have been plausible for a profitable bakery chain to integrate Hostess products into their existing line of products. Trying to restart a shuttered factory with a lower salaried workforce sounds like a recipe for disaster.
  • MMMM.
    What about the collector's items? Will the Twinkies that people ran out to buy the last of several months still be worth more than $1.59? By the way, to Charlie Ponzi, feel free to criticize the mayor all you like, but the nationality of someone the mayor gives a subsidy to is not relevant to the appropriateness of that action. When you make those kind of statements, it actually makes people ignore the possibly otherwise valid criticism.
  • Good for the blue collar workers!
    Will Mayor Marine give them $6,000,000 for "Cricket Fields" or $6,500,000 to build a "Private Parking Garage"? Oh he wouldn't do that unless they were owned by a Egyptian Businessman or Political Donor! Freehand of the marketplace with no political payoffs to cronies in play here !

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