The Hostess Brands company is going out of business, closing down operations at its plants across the country. Some 1,415 workers in Illinois are set to lose their jobs as a result of the baked goods company's closure. There are three Hostess facilities in Illinois, located in Peoria, Schiller Park and Hodgkins.
“It’s a very sad day because there’s lots of history there,” Donald Woods, president of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Local 1 union that represents 500 Hostess workers in Illinois, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We have members who’ve had 40 years there. ... Their dream was working there and retire there.”
More than 18,000 workers nationwide are set to lose their jobs as a result of the company's move to shutter its doors.
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