Hostess Plant Cuts Ribbon On Emporia Expansion

Hostess celebrates expansion at Emporia plant (WIBW/Eric Ives)
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- An iconic pastry brand cut the ribbon after getting a new lease on life.

On Friday, Hostess employees and executives - as well as Kansas dignitaries, including Gov. Sam Brownback - cut the ribbon on the Hostess brands' flagship bakery in Emporia.

"We're excited to be here, to put money into the plant, to see the job growth that we're creating here in Emporia and to really give the stability to the folks in Emporia and growth in this bakery that we need," said Hostess President and CEO Bill Toler.

Hostess has invested $30 million into the new facility with another $20 million plus committed for the next 12 months. The flagship plant will produce over half the volume for the Hostess company.

This time last year, the Hostess brand started selling Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Ho-Hos, and the rest of their classic cakes after bankruptcy forced them from the shelves.

Posted by: Nick Viviani