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Hostess Closure Hurts Iowa

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ABC5 News Team

The decision by Hostess Brands Inc. to go out of business is being felt in Waterloo.

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks, announced Friday it would close in response to a nationwide strike. It means the loss of about 18,500 jobs, including some in Waterloo.

The decision affects 59 workers at the Waterloo plant and distribution center and about 30 truck drivers. The Waterloo bakery produced Wonder, Home Pride and Nature Pride breads.

Hostess spokesman Erik Halvorson says production ceased Friday morning in Waterloo. Local retail outlets will remain open for seven to 10 days.

At the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet in Waterloo, store manager Sherry Yearling said the remaining inventory of Twinkies was cleaned out within an hour.

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