Henderson employees laid off from Hostess plant
It's an iconic American brand, but Friday may mark the end of Hostess in the snack food world. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's an iconic American brand, but Friday may mark the end of Hostess in the snack food world.
One of the largest bread and pastry companies in the country is closing its doors, and with it goes 171 Henderson jobs.
Hostess has been dealing with a worker strike that crippled its ability to make and deliver products. When no deal was reached Friday, the announcement was made.
After 82 years in business, the company is calling it quits. It's 18,000 employees have been laid off and they are closing all factories and distribution centers.
"There's a lot of good workers," said Bill Haas, a former Henderson factory employee. "I've worked with many, many good people over the years and it's a shame what happened."
Bill Haas worked for Wonder Bread for 33 years. He stopped by the Henderson hostess facility to see it for himself. The 171 people employed at the factory, including his son, no longer have jobs.
"It's a sad, sad day." Haas said. "I just can't believe it."
Employees were told upon arriving to work about the shut down, and promptly sent home. The only department left is shipping, but Friday is most likely their last day.
"I'm going to miss the workers. It was a good job," said Leslie Cunnington, another former employee.
Fans of the famous Twinkie and Ding Dong were shocked by the news, with many people seen stocking up at the local Hostess store.
"I can't believe it," said Jody Garcia, a local customer. "I thought it was a joke."
Supplies are dwindling at the Hostess Bakery Outlet in North Las Vegas. They were open Friday morning, but perhaps not for long.