Fifty-six people in the Treasure Valley lost their jobs after Hostess announced it was shutting down after more than 80 years, a Hostess spokesman said Wednesday.
The employees worked at two distribution centers and four retail outlets in the Valley. Hostess employed 133 people statewide and 18,500 people nationwide.
"We've had employees who have worked a very, very long time," said Erik Halvorson, a spokesman for Hostess in Texas. "It's really a shame."
Hostess disclosed the layoff numbers in response to requests from the Idaho Statesman.
The company is expected to sell the property rights for its iconic brands, which include Ding Dongs, Twinkies and Ho Hos. Meanwhile, many local stores have sold out of the products.
Distribution centers closed shortly after Hostess announced its liquidation Nov. 16 amidst a labor dispute. Employees were paid through Nov. 21.
Health insurance coverage ceased at the end of the month, and no severance package was offered to employees, though executives were given large bonuses.
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