New Maker of Twinkies Ditches Unions
They're confident they can find non-union workers in hard-hit towns: WSJ
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
A Hostess Twinkies sign is shown at the Utah Hostess plant in Ogden, Utah, in this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(Newser) – HoHos, Ding Dongs, and, yes, Twinkies are coming back—without the union workers that once produced them. The reborn Hostess Brands LLC intends to cut ties with the Teamsters and the bakers' union, the CEO of Metropoulos & Co., which bought the bankrupt company along with Apollo Global Management, tells the Wall Street Journal. Metropoulos intends to spend $60 million to reopen four bakeries within the next 10 weeks, hiring at least 1,500 workers.

That's a far cry from the 19,000 workers Hostess Brands Inc. had pre-bankruptcy, 15,000 of whom were unionized. The bakers' union had expressed confidence that the reborn Hostess would re-hire its workers. "Only our members know how to get that equipment running," its president said. "A work force off the street will not be able to accomplish that." But Metropoulos observes that the plants are located in areas with high unemployment, and it's betting there's plenty of skilled labor eager for work, union or otherwise. Twinkies are expected to be back on store shelves in July.

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Apr 26, 2013 9:54 PM CDT
Ok. This story is full of crap. SAPUTO in Canada owns the licenses to Hostess, etc. Not this Metropoulos & Co. They were only looking at purchasing. The products under these bankrupt names will still be produced. I work for Saputo in the US Cheese division. I know that this is a crock. Bakery, fluid, and cheese divisions all have union plants. In fact, the plant I work at is UNION. This article is a waste of journalism. Get your facts before posting such crap.
Apr 26, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
New scab twinkies taste like sweat and poverty. Why do people want Americans to become third world citizens?
Apr 26, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
In Feb. 2000, I went to work in a plant working for a Company that designed and built packaging machinery for wrapping bakery products. My very first assignment was working on machines owned by International Baking Co. (IBC) the predecessor of the late-lamented Hostess Brands. We were reworking machinery from the '50s & '60s, mainly to improve operating costs and operator safety, and to make small improvements in machine's production capacity. In the first few years I worked there, IBC was a continuing customer, most of the time we had multiple machines in the plant being reworked; while at the same time producing our NEW machinery for their competitors, such as Flowers, McKee, Cloverhill, and snack producers around the world. Instead of needing 6-8 operators per machine(the old IBC ones) newer designs utilize less than 1 per machine in operating multiple units and can wrap snacks like Hostess produced at up to 100/minute/per machine. The old Hostess wrappers did well to make 60/min. ( In one of our in-house tests, one of our wrappers produced single-serving granola bars wrapped in pressure-sealing film at the rate of 1200/minute; that's 20 per second, for a 2 minute period). Most of the Hostess Bakery products could well be wrapped at over 100/minute. This increased production rate, coupled with lower labor costs, should make the NEW Hostess a profitable and successful Company. Our little Company has had it's up's&down's over the years with bankruptcies, being sold, layoffs, etc. But our products are sold worldwide, including Europe and Africa. We have numerous customers in the Americas. We can produce OUR product to meet a wide range of specs, and do it in a short span of time. Believe me, we would be happy to have Hostess as a customer, again.