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Hostess to Reopen, Expand Emporia Plant

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The investment partnership that bought Hostess Brands' snack cake product lines says it will reopen its eastern Kansas bakery this summer, with hiring of an initial 250 people already underway. The Emporia plant had more than 550 employees when it was shut down last November following a strike by union bakers. Emporia City Commissioner Jon Geitz tells KVOE-AM that Thursday's announcement by Hostess Brands LLC was good news for the city. The new company had paid $410 million for the rights to the Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake brands as well as five plants, but Geitz said the reopening of the Emporia plant had not been assured until Thursday. Hostess Brands officials said they'll expand the bakery and are aiming for total employment of about 300 within the next few years.


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