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Decision about Dolly Madison bakery likely to be made Friday

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The parent company of the Columbus Dolly Madison plant said this afternoon that a decision about the company's survival likely would be made early Friday.

Hostess Brands had said Wednesday afternoon that if not enough workers return to work by 5 p.m. today, the company would file paperwork with the bankruptcy court on Friday to initiate the liquidation and that the closing of plants could begin as early as Tuesday.

The company employs more than 200 at the Dolly Madison plant in Columbus, on U.S. 31 just east of Central Avenue. Members of Local 132 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union have been striking around the clock in Columbus since about 6:30 p.m. Friday to protest a new contract, which includes an 8 percent pay cut, higher health insurance costs and reduced pensions.

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