Hostess closure means no Twinkies, lost jobs

Shuttering includes eastside distribution center

Author: Marilyn Moritz, Reporter, mmoritz@ksat.com
Published On: Nov 16 2012 04:01:39 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 06:04:50 PM CST
Hostess Treats

George Aloot pulled out of the Hostess distribution center Friday on Rigsby Road with a pallet of Twinkies in his front seat. 

After 15 years as an independent driver for Hostess, this was his final delivery.

"That's it," he said. "I'll tell my customer we're done."

Hostess is done.

The Irving-based snack company, famous for it's Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ding Dongs and more, announced it was closing down operations, meaning the loss of 18,500 jobs nationwide and 17 jobs in San Antonio. 

The 82-year-old icon was already in bankruptcy when a battle with unions over wages and pensions crippled the company.

Friday morning, Hostess announced it was shutting down its 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers when union workers refused to go back on the job by the deadline.

Hostess Brands includes some 30 products from Sno Balls to Zingers and  Ding Dongs to the one that started it all, the Twinkie.

"Twinkies no more!" said Joseph Fischer as  he and his friends waxed nostalgic over the familiar products.

"It's sad. Everybody knows hostess don't they?" said Karen Lindsey. "Everybody grew up with it as kids."

Hostess will try to sell its recipes and brands, but until that happens, no more Wonder Bread, Twinkies or Ho Hos will be made.