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Emporia celebrates expanded Hostess plant

The Emporia plant began turning out Twinkies and other snack cakes in mid 2013, putting about 250 employees to work.
The Emporia plant began turning out Twinkies and other snack cakes in mid 2013, putting about 250 employees to work. MCT

State and local officials will attend an April 8 ribbon cutting at the Hostess Brands plant in Emporia, Kan., marking the expansion of the plant since it reopened in 2013.

The former Dolly Madison bakery was one of four former Hostess Brands bakeries reopened after a private equity firm purchased Hostess assets in court-supervised bankruptcy proceedings.

The Emporia plant began turning out Twinkies and other snack cakes in mid 2013, putting about 250 employees to work.

The revived plant celebrated its first major expansion, a warehouse addition, in 2014, at which time the facility employed 330. The company also announced an added production line and other improvements expected to cost about $30 million in all. With that expansion, Hostess pegged employment at about 380 full-time workers.

The resurgence in Emporia has not returned all of the more than 500 jobs lost when Hostess shut down in 2012. But the bakery’s growth has established the Kansas town as a Twinkie production capital, even prompting establishment of a local Twinkie festival last summer.

The bakery also produces Hostess Cup Cakes, Donettes, Coffee Cakes and Greek Yogurt Cakes.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com. Read more from Diane at kansascity.com/workplace and @kcstarstafford.

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