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Hostess closing its bakery in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Hostess Brands Inc. announced it will close three bakeries as a result of a nationwide strike.

"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 strike was initiated on Nov. 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The three bakeries are located in Cincinnati, Seattle, St. Louis.

The Cincinnati bakery employees 152 people while the Seattle bakery employees 110 people and the St. Louis bakery employees 365.

"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."

The company's products include Hostess®, Wonder®, Nature's Pride®, Dolly Madison®, Drake's®, Butternut®, Home Pride® and Merita®.

"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."

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