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Hostess could close Lancaster County facility

Troubled snack-cake maker Hostess Brands Inc. could close 13 of its Pennsylvania facilities and offices this summer, including one in Lancaster County, according to notices filed with the state.

Texas-based Hostess‘ closures would include its distribution facility at 916 Strickler Road in Rapho Township, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, letter sent May 4 to the Department of Labor and Industry. The closing would mean the layoff of 12 people in the midstate and 549 people overall.

The letter said the closings are dependent on conditions in Hostess’ ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, which the company entered in January. Similar closing notices have been filed with multiple states around the country, according to news reports.

“The notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind down of the company is possible in the future. However, our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company with a strong future. We are simply fulfilling our requirements by sending these notices,” Hostess spokesman Erik Halvorson wrote in an email.

The largest potential closing in Pennsylvania for this round would be Hostess’ Philadelphia facility, which would lay off 458 people, according to Labor and Industry’s website.

Hostess is the maker of breads and snack cakes, including its hallmark products Wonder Bread and Twinkies. The company employs 18,500 people at 36 bakeries nationwide.


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