State labor workshops have been scheduled several days next week to help former employees of Hostess Brands and its Dolly Madison plant on National Road in Columbus learn about federal benefits being offered in the wake of that facility’s closure in November.
The Indiana Workforce Development agency plans a series of meetings, including several in-person sessions in Columbus on Thursday.
Under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, former Hostess employees might be eligible for wage supplements or assistance with job training, medical insurance and job-hunting services among various programs.
The trade adjustment benefits are designed to help workers who have lost jobs due to international competition, a factor that federal labor officials say played a part in Hostess’ bankruptcy.
Hostess, which owned iconic brands such as Twinkies and Wonder Bread, filed for bankruptcy protection last year, and its owners are in the process of auctioning off plants, brands and equipment under the review of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York.
Sale of many of the company’s assets, including the shuttered plant on National Road, is set for final approval in court on Tuesday.
Bread-maker Flowers Foods Inc. of Thomasville, Ga., has bid $390 million for many of Hostess’ plants (including the one in Columbus) and other assets.
The Dolly Madison plant on National Road made a variety of snack cakes, doughnuts and sweet rolls until it was closed on Nov. 16.
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