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Workers at Henderson Hostess Plant Lose Their Jobs

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Hostess bakery in Henderson, Nevada. Hostess bakery in Henderson, Nevada.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Snack food lovers and those with sweet tooth's may be mourning the loss of the Twinkie but the news is a much harsher reality for the 18,000 people now without work. Some of those employees work in Nevada. 

Hostess, the maker of Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Twinkies, announced Friday it was going out of business.

Hostess has 259 employees in Nevada. There are 171 people who work inside the baking facility in Henderson and many more who deliver the famous baked goods. Workers arriving to the Henderson facility Friday were told they no longer had jobs.

A work strike began at Hostess in November after employees learned the company planned to cut wages. Hostess officials say there were not enough employees to maintain operations so it was decided to liquidate the company.

Hostess began winding down operations at 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlets around the nation.

"At least they were paying decent wages and that's why I don't understand all these people who wanted to stand with a strike. It's ridiculous," said one employee who identified himself only as Michael.

Hostess made classic favorites like twinkles, wonder bread, ding dongs and may other deserts that we grew up with as kids. Employees we spoke to said they understood hostess was facing serious financial problems but refused to strike in order to keep their jobs.

"I got word from one of the other drivers that they are shutting her down now and I said, 'you got to be kidding me and he said no.' Wow, 21 years with this company and this is how we get treated?" said Jim Oldes, Hostess employee.

Hostess has already gone through two bankruptcy fillings in recent years. Employees say they are not getting a severance package.


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