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Hostess Shutdown Means Closure of Shoreline Store, Dozens Out Of Work [VIDEO]

"Who cares about Twinkies? It’s about jobs," says the daughter of a 25-year-Hostess employee at the Wonder Bread Thrift Store in Uncasville.

“Who cares about Twinkies? It’s about jobs,” the young woman standing near a loading dock at the rear of the Hostess Wonder Bakery Thrift Shop on Route 32 in Uncasville said. “My dad has worked here for 25 years. Now what?”

Hostess Brands announced Friday that a strike by bakers has forced the company to shut down operations.

On its Facebook page the company thanked fans and customers but blamed bakers: "We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced to shut down all operations and sell all company assets due to the Bakers Union strike." 

Hostess store manager Bruce Duchesneau, a Montville resident, started his 26-year career with Hostess “in this very store” when he was 22. Within a few days, he’ll be on the unemployment line.

“I hold no animosity (toward) the unions; they made their choice. And this has been a great company to work for; I’ve been able to raise a family so I have nothing but positive feelings for this company. I’ll get a job. I’m still employable.”

Duchesneau read from a company statement, which he said, describes the “situation.”

"This morning Hostess brands began the process of winding down the company after the bakers union staged a strike which affects our ability to make products and service our customers needs. Hostess brands will no longer produce goods. Brands and assets will be sold over the next few months. Retail stores will be open for (up to) three days (or until products are sold).”

Between the Montville shop and the one in Norwich, more than 30 people will be out of work, Duchesneau said.

Inside the store, workers were visibily upset and saddened but also very busy; there was a rush of customers filing in to grab the last of the Hostess-brand baked goods lining the quickly emptying shelves.

“We’re out of business. We are out of business,” a worker repeated as she helped customers fill carts. “I have to keep saying it. 'We’re out of business, we’re out of business.'” Declining to give her name, she said,  “We’re not supposed to be talking to you guys (the media).”

Outside the building, Alfred Kurth, a Hostess driver, said he’d been out of work for four years when he landed the job driving for the company two months ago.

“I got a phone call a few hours ago that today was my last day. Now what? I don’t know.”

Duchesneau said his heart goes out to his employees whom he described as “family.”

“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them. But we’re all going to be looking (for work).” 

He also said any remaining foods will be donated to the Montville Food Bank.

Twinkies_will_survive November 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/16/news/companies/hostess-closing/index.html
Patrick Madley November 18, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I am so disappointed in the shutdown of hostess. After doing some research I see that hostess files for bankruptcy in 2004, I believe. It then was restricted by 2009. It so sad to see a company that was making 2.5 billion a year, go out of business. I am sorry for all of the people who will be losing their jobs.
UNKONOUN November 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I WORK FOR HOSTESS AND PART OF THE BAKERS UNION AND WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING WE EVEN TOLD THE COMPANY TO FREEZE ARE PAY BUT THEY SAY NO THIS IS THE OFFER TAKE OR LEAVE IT .I FEEL THAT THE CEO IS TRYING TO BLAME IT ON SOMEONE BUT HE NOT SAY THAT HE IS TAKING HOME $3 MILLION DOLLARS IN 6 MOUTHS AND THE REST OF UPPER MANAGEMENT IS BRING HOME THEY SHOULD TAKE A PAY CUT AND SAVE THE COMPANY THEY SHOULD BRING HOME $40,000 A YEAR NOT $500,000 DON'T HURT THE PEOPLE MAKING YOU MONEY
Flowers November 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
These products have been part of our lives forever. It's sad to see them go. I would like to read a factual , unbiased account of what really happened here. References are made to healthy life styles, union pension and general debt. Can anyone help?
Emma Sullivan November 19, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I am so saddened and disappointed that companies that are able to generate 2.5 billion in revenue close their doors, unemploy their workers and last, but not least discontinue producing the products that we enjoyed from our childhood to this very day. What happened to the pride in producing a product enjoyed by millions for so many years? What happened to the pride of keeping Americans working at full time jobs producing said products? Have we no pride left?

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