• Hostess closing hits Brattleboro
     | November 26,2012
    Kevin O’Connor / Staff Photo

    The J.J. Nissen Baking Co. outlet store on Brattleboro’s Old Ferry Road closed this week as the result of Hostess Brands shutting down its national operations. $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$ $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

    Hostess Brands Inc.’s announcement that it’s going out of business has reverberated in Vermont.

    All 14 employees of the J.J. Nissen Baking Co. outlet store in Brattleboro —which is one of nearly 30 Hostess-owned brands and local distributors — were expected to be out of work when the outlet store closed its doors Wednesday, store manager Terry Johnson said last week.

    Hostess Brands Inc. filed for bankruptcy and is attempting to sell off all its assets, after its union went on strike. In the process, the company eliminated about 18,500 jobs by suspending worker operations and laying off employees at all 33 of its factories, according to The Associated Press.

    More than 500 bakery outlet stores will remain open until they sell out their inventory, the AP reported.

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