Hostess holds ribbon cutting in Emporia

Hostess (KSN File Photo)

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EMPORIA, Kansas — A ribbon cutting in Emporia is the first step towards American again being able to enjoy Hostess Twinkies.

Hostess Brands plans to expand the current bakery facility initially creating 250 full-time jobs with a goal of 300 jobs in the future.

It will produce iconic snack products like Twinkies, Cup Cakes, HoHo’s and Ding Dongs.

Some of the facility upgrades are already underway.

The former bakery will re-emerge as a state-of-the-art facility with a higher production capacity.

The investment is funded by affiliates of Apollo Global Management which purchased the Hostess assets out of bankruptcy in April.

Hostess Brands says out of all the communities affected by their shutdown.

Emporia was the only community to contact the company to try and keep Hostess Brands in Kansas.

“With your help, Twinkies can again be shared with families all over this great country. Later this summer. Later this summer!” said Rich Seban, Hostess Brands President.

“Here’s a good partnership, making a high quality product, shipping it across the country and the jobs are here so we’re delighted. It’s gonna be here another 50 years,” said Gov. Sam Brownback.

Hostess Brands snack products should be back on store shelves later this summer.

It will continue the Hostess Brands 80 plus year history in the United States.

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