About 250 people in Washington are out of job Friday after Hostess decided to close its doors.
Many of the employees worked at the plant in South Lake Union and the remaining were at plants in Kent and in Pierce County.
The company had already filed for bankruptcy this year, but it was trying to stay afloat. It couldn’t survive a strike by 30-percent of its work force over a pay cut.
More than 18,000 people nationwide are now out of work.
“Hopefully somebody else will come in and start the bakery up and hire the experienced workers,” said David Douglas, a Hostess worker in St. Louis.
John Curley said on Seattle’s Morning News he’s not surprised Hostess is calling it quits.
“People stopped eating white bread. People stopped eating Twinkies,” said Curley, who said Wonder Bread became irrelevant as soon as we had cheap options for wheat, multi-grain, etc.
Not only that, but Curley is guessing fewer people bring their old, metal lunch boxes to work, which means they’re not carrying around a packaged Ding Dong or Ho-Ho.
KIRO Radio reporter Chris Sullivan expects we can blame some of the sales loss to healthier options in vending machines, both at work and in schools.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to miss Wonder Bread. Every so often a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Wonder Bread is awesome.”
Curley is going to miss Ding Dongs the most. Ursula Twinkies, and Sullivan the Ho-Ho.
KIRO Radio reporter Chris Sullivan contributed to this report.