Hostess Brands Inc., whose sweet treat roster includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, filed a motion today in bankruptcy court seeking permission to shut down its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. The company, based in Irving, Texas, is moving “promptly” to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce, which includes nearly 300 workers at 13 Hostess facilities in Massachusetts, and has suspended bakery operations at all its plants, said company CEO Gregory F. Rayburn. The company’s board of directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands after one of its largest unions,
Greddy capitalists bakers were just making people fat anyway. If they would have stayed in business Obamacare would have put a cap and trade regulation on Twinkis and Ho-Ho´s, then only people like Michael Moore who could afford to buy other peoples rations of the yummie treats could have all they want with no limits. PLus he won´t need O-care because he can afford to go to doctors in Mexico and Cuba rather than wait in long lines at an O-clinic with the rest of the poor people in the country.
Old union joke - A union member would rather be out of a great job than work at a good job. It´s not a joke anymore. I feel bad for all who lost their job. My first hostess treat was a snowball. I fell in love at first bite.
Discovered in the ration pantries of 1960s-era fallout shelters, these tasty morsels have often been found to be still edible. So there is still time to run down to your local Pak and Sak and buy up a lifetime´s supply. I know Micheal Moore will be.
5,000 refused to work with the company and it cost the other 13,500 their jobs. Just think the Liar in Chief is refusing to work with the House..refusing to cut the real fluff..refusing to cut spending for the few for the better of the many...anybody else see the irony?
I went out an bought a box for Thanksgiving. I grew up with twinkies but not sure my kids did. So that will be our TG treat. At least I will know they enjoyed the same childhood delight I knew. Welcome to the age of the soviet revolution inAmerica. From a land of plenty to hoarding distant memories.
This is part of Obama plan to destroy small business and nationalize the name brands like Hostess and turn them over to his union thugs. If hostess is nationalized aka bailed out -it will go the way of gm.
#30, no, I´m not misinformed. Those facilities in Mass. that shut down were non-unionized retail outlet stores. The company informed the retail outlets that they´d close (along with everything else)if the union wouldn´t agree to a new contract. The union refused, and the non-unionized workers all lost their jobs. So, yes, I do feel sorry for them. They weren´t union, and they didn´t ask for this.
Unfortunate for everyone involved, including, I fear, the American taxpayer. But it is a lesson for those willing and able to be instructed. This is the kind of thing that is necessary to get the attention and penetrate the skulls of a substantial number of citizens, most if not all of whom are Obama supporters. Of course one painful collision with reality will not be sufficient to get the point across to most. A single instance can be explained away, blamed on someone else, or rationalized somehow to preserve the underlying fantasy structure. There will have to be many more such rude awakenings before a sufficient number of American sleepwalkers finally awake and realize that yes, Virginia, there really is something called reality. This means, among other things, that one cannot always have everything one wants and to which one feels entitled. It means that the relationship between reality and fairness, while it exists at some level, is by no means linear or 1:1.
It is impossible for the economy to recover under a tax and spend, soak the rich, regulation-crazed administration. Advanced degrees in economics are not needed to grasp this. They may even be a handicap for many.
And of course Obama´s confusion about international relations means that the latter will continue to deteriorate, violence will escalate, and wars will break out.
It is a hard, painful, costly way for American voters to learn, but there are no social promotions and no cheating in this course. If you don´t learn the lessons you just keep repeating the course.
Obama told us just before his 2009 inauguration that he wanted to fundamentally change our country, and he´s well on his way. We may see many more bankruptcy filings by companies. I believe this person living in our WH wants to take our country down so he can rebuild it and reign as dictator in chief.
If the workers at the plants were smart (alas, there´s the fly in the ointment), they would get together with their union and make an offer to buy the company. The union has tons of money and Hostess is going to be sold to somebody so it might as well be them. I´m sure Obama would guarantee the loan.
Nobody wins here. The union just lost the dues of 18,500 workers. The workers lost their jobs. The government just lost 18,500 taxpayers. The rest of us will be asked to support them with less money. John Galt is looking smarter every day and it´s only just begun.
I see this as part of the resistance, albeit a natural part. The motivations for being in business in this country are all but gone. If a company hits even the slightest obstacle, it makes sense to shut down and live off your savings. We´ll start seeing much more of this, I suspect.
Stuff like this has consequences beyond just Hostess Brands. 18,500 jobs lost is just a start. All those other companies that furnish Hostess with ingredients and other supplies will be adversely affected by loss of revenue.
That Twinkie in the White House may have Just lost the Twinkie vote. Do Wookies eat those things?
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