(WIBW) - The Hostess plant in Emporia will soon return to life.
The newly reformed Hostess Brands, LLC announced Thursday that it will expand and relaunch the baker operation in Emporia. Operations should resume this summer.
The initial plan calls for hiring 250 people, with a total of more than 300 jobs planned within the next several years.
“I am thrilled that the re-launch of the Emporia factory will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said in a news release issued Thursday afternoon. “Kansas has created an attractive business environment that helps companies
invest in the state and hire a significant number of Kansas workers.”
The Emporia bakery closed in November 2012, when Hostess declared bankruptcy in the midst of a strike by its bakers' union. Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. acquired select Hostess assets, including the Emporia facility, in April 2013.
“I am delighted with the progress we have made upgrading the Emporia facility since we acquired Hostess,” Dean
Metropoulos, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hostess, said in a news release. “We have expanded the bakery’s capacity
significantly, which will result in meaningful job growth in the Emporia community and ultimately help us achieve our goal of bringing Hostess products back to the shelves for our customers as quickly as possible. The state of Kansas and city of Emporia have been extremely helpful throughout the redevelopment process, and we want to thank them for their assistance with this project in particular and for their long-standing support of Hostess.”
The hiring process is already underway. Hostess is accepting applications through the KANSASWORKS office, 1622 Industrial Rd., Emporia or online at www.the-arnold-group.com. People interested also may visit jobs.hbnewco.com or call Hostess at (816) 701-4600 to learn further information.
The complete news release is attached to this story.