106 employees were laid off in South Carolina as the company famous for making Twinkies and Wonder Bread liquidated most of its assets. Hostess Brands notified the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce of the layoffs in a November WARN filing.
Federal law requires companies with 100 or more employees to provide advance notice of any mass layoffs. The filing was first reported by GSA Business Journal.
Hostess announced the liquidation shortly after failing to reach a deal with members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union last month. The company said 18,500 employees would be affected nationwide.
106 employees were laid off at Hostess’s 12 South Carolina facilities after the company closed down operations in South Carolina on Nov. 21. Hostess Brands said it intends to keep approximately 3,200 employees nationwide to assist with the initial phase of the wind down. Then, employee headcount is expected to decrease by 94% within the first 16 weeks. The entire process is expected to be completed in one year.
The facilities were spread across the state, including locations in Cayce, Conway, Greenville, Spartanburg, Summerville. None had more than 16 employees.
Hostess was founded in 1930 and based in Irving, Texas. Its products have included brands such as Hostess, Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, and Merita, among others.