Hostess site will reopen
EMPORIA, Kan. — Hostess Brands LLC says it will reopen its eastern Kansas bakery this summer, with the hiring of an initial 250 people already underway.
The announcement was made Thursday by the investment partnership that bought Hostess Brands' snack cake product lines.
More than 500 people lost their jobs when Hostess, then in bankruptcy proceedings, closed the plant in Emporia last November following a union strike.
Hostess Brands LLC paid $410 million for the Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake brands, along with five plants. Emporia City Commissioner Jon Geitz told KVOE-AM the reopening wasn't assured until Thursday.
Hostess Brands officials said they'll expand the bakery. They're aiming to employ about 300 people within the next few years.