Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Talks between Hostess Brands and Bakers Union break down Liquidation Moves Forward

After a ray hope shined for 18,000 employees, the hope to keep the doors open at Hostess seems like it’s closing for good.  However, some of the brands will get a new life.   

Hostess' bankruptcy mediation with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union has broken down, and the company plans to proceed with liquidation as planned, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

After Hostess announced on Friday that it was going out of business, the two sides had agreed to work on resolving their differences Monday. According to the Associated Press, about 18,500 jobs are at stake.

Reuters reports that Hostess will not issue any further comment until a Wednesday hearing before a U.S. bankruptcy court. The company operates nearly three dozen bakeries and more than 550 distribution centers across the country. 

"Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands," CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a letter to employees posted on the company website Friday.

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