Hostess closings affect local workers and residents

By Beau Ebenezer

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Well over 100 workers will lose their job at the plant on the south side of Peoria.

While many will soon be looking for new jobs, other Peoria residents will be missing one of their lifelong favorite treats.

"We didn't want this. I'm sure the people in their didn't want this, and we are sad that it came down to this," said Union Chief Steward, Kravis Pfeiffer.

Striking Peoria workers were in shock after they heard the news.

Hostess Brands Incorporated announced they will be closing down all of their factories, keeping stores open until they sell their already packaged goods.

But in Peoria, Twinkies, Ho-Ho's and Snowballs have been flying off the shelves ever since the strike began last week, leaving stores like the Bakery Outlet in Peoria practically empty.

Those longing for one of its many sweet treats are at a loss.

"If you're real little you can see the commercials on there. The little cartoon characters. It's like man your losing all the stuff you have from your youth.," said local resident, David Hubner.

"I'm very upset. It's an iconic day. Been in the southside of peoria since I was a child. And we would always like to go by and smell the bread even," said Peoria Resident, Dorene Besco.

With Hostess stores around the nation selling out all inventory, striking employees are beginning to accept the end of their long fight.

The plant's effect on the community is something that Mayor Ardis says can't be replaced.

"That's well over 100 jobs in the part of the community. Where the plant is in, it's a very stable part of the community, We are gonna miss that too. It's going to be extremely difficult for someone else to come in and take the place of that," said Peoria Mayor, Jim Ardis

Many in the area continue to stock up on their favorite snacks before it's too late.

Because soon, along with hundreds of jobs, hostess favorites will be gone.

Rumors have circled of possible buyers such as the Mexican food conglomerate, Grupo Bimbo.

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