Hostess warns of layoffs

May 10, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 6:50 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury

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May 10, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 6:50 AM EDT

More than 45 local employees of Hostess Brands Inc. have been notified about possible layoffs, part of a nationwide notice to 18,000 employees.

In New York, a notice was filed with the state Department of Labor under the federal WARN Act, impacting more than 500 individuals at Hostess sites across the state.

The list included three Western New York locations for wholesale bakeries or distributors: 310 Creekside Drive in Buffalo, 38 affected; 1054 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, 3 affected; 3234 Transit Road, West Seneca, 3 affected; and 2377 Harlem Road, 1 affected.

Irving, Texas-based Hostess, maker of the iconic Twinkie, is currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The WARN notice lists a possible closing date of July 4, with possible sale listed as the reason for worker dislocation.

Company spokesman Erick Halvorson said in a statement the notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind down of the company is possible in the future.

"Our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company," he said. "There are no immediate actions being taken to sell or wind down the company."

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