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Hostess / Dolly Madison folds; 18,500 being laid off

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Dolly Madison employees picket outside the factory on U.S. 31, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2012.
Dolly Madison employees picket outside the factory on U.S. 31, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2012.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The company employs more than 200 at the Dolly Madison plant in Columbus on National Road just east of Central Avenue.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

Members of Local 132 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union had been striking around the clock in Columbus since about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Bakers union members nationwide were protesting a new contract, which includes an 8 percent pay cut, higher health insurance costs and reduced pensions.

The Teamsters union, which approved the contract, urged the bakeries union in a press release Thursday to conduct a secret vote to see if members want to continue striking. About 7,000 Teamsters work for Hostess. 

This story will be updated online and in Saturday's edition of The Republic.

Additional coverage:

• Hostess folds; 18,500 laid off, 200+ locally

• AP National Story on closing

• Company Statement

• Local workers: factory won't close

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