A woman takes a bite out of a Twinkie on Jan. 11, 2012.

Twinkie Production Could Resume Next Month

Four plants are firings up their ovens, possibly without union bakers.

A woman takes a bite out of a Twinkie on Jan. 11, 2012.
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Four bakeries are preparing to resume production of Twinkies, Ho Hos and other Hostess brands that were discontinued after the company abruptly closed down amid a union strike in November.

The company is currently advertising positions in Emporia, Kan., and Indianapolis, Ind. Facilities in Georgia and in Schiller Park, Ill., will also produce the snacks, according to The Associated Press.

ABC News reports it appears likely the famous brand, which was purchased by investors for $410 million earlier this year, will jettison the union contract it had before the company shut down in November amid a bakers union strike.

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C. Dean Metropoulos, of Metropoulos & Co., which along with Apollo Global Management LLC assumed control of the brand, told the Wall Street Journal the plants will hire around 1,500 employees, but he does "not expect to be involved in the union going forward."

When the investors' offer to buy the brand was first reported in March, several Internet entrepreneurs were hawking the discontinued snack, previously a cheap convenience store item, for outrageous prices. One daring eBay post offered "35 Twinkies still in the original package" for $999.99.

Paraphrasing a company statement, the AP reported Monday the current owners are promising not to discriminate against applicants associated with unions and plan to resume production at some locations in May.

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