The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that about 18,000 former Hostess employees from 864 former company locations may receive benefits and services from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which helps certain workers whose jobs have been eliminated.
The program offers case management and re-employment services, occupational retraining and income support for workers enrolled in approved retraining. Some workers also may receive job search and relocation allowances.
The labor department said Hostess employees were eligible for the assistance programs because an investigation found that increased imports of baked products “contributed importantly to the company’s sales declines and worker separations.”
Hostess, which was based in Irving, Texas and made Wonder Bread and Twinkies, previously had its headquarters in Kansas City and had production facilities across the state. The company decided in November to close its doors and liquidate its assets.