Hostess Brands notifies employees of possible downsizing

May 31 2012 - 10:36pm

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(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Employees at this Hostess Brands Ogden outlet are among the 18,500 to receive notice in May of a possible downsizing.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Employees at this Hostess Brands Ogden outlet are among the 18,500 to receive notice in May of a possible downsizing.

OGDEN -- Employees at Hostess Brands plants and outlets were notified in May of a possible downsizing.

"On May 4, we mailed conditional WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notices to all 18,500 Hostess Brands employees around the country," said Blynn Austin, a spokesman for Hostess Brands, based in Irving, Texas.

Of the notices, 580 went to workers currently employed in Utah. Austin did not provide employment numbers for individual locations in the state.

An employee at a Hostess Brands Ogden outlet at 2557 Grant Ave. directed all media inquiries to Hostess Brands corporate offices in Irving.

"The notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind-down of the company is possible in the future," Austin said in an email to the Standard-Examiner.

"However, our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company with a strong future.

"We are simply fulfilling our requirements by sending these notices," Austin said.

The company, which carries such bread brands as Nature's Pride, Merita and Wonder, filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2012 and has been working on a reorganization plan.

The WARN Act notice requires most employers to give written notice at least 60 days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

In related news, there is talk the company that produces a wide variety of products, including Twinkies and Ho-Ho's, could lay off 19 workers in the state of Idaho.

A manager at the Twin Falls, Idaho, Hostess Brands outlet said employees had orders not to talk about the possible layoffs.

Information from the Associated Press is included in this story.

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