Hostess to Close, Cites Nationwide Worker Strike
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

Hostess has a distribution facility in Galesburg along with a bakery store -- both of which were destroyed by fire several months ago, causing the company to move to a new location on Grand Avenue.

(WGIL News contributed to this Associated Press report.)

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