Emporia Anticipating Good News From Hostess Deal

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ The announcement that Hostess plans to sell its Twinkies and other snack cake brands is expected to be good news for Emporia.

Hostess announced Tuesday that it will sell its cake products to two investment firms. The transaction includes five production plants, including the Dolly Madison plant in Emporia.

Kent Heermann, president of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, says the sale means the Emporia plant could reopen within weeks. He says talks will begin soon on when the plant might reopen and how many employees would be hired. But he says the new company would have five plants instead of 11, so that bodes well for Emporia.

The Emporia Gazette reports when the plant closed in November, more than 500 workers lost their jobs.

Information from: The Emporia (Kan.) Gazette, http://www.emporiagazette.com/