Twinkie and jobs are coming back to Indiana

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Twinkies are coming back from the dead, and the Indianapolis Hostess plant on Shadeland Avenue is expected to be fired up again.  Additionally, the Columbus plant may be used as a distribution center.

“Well they need to be out here [because] no one can take their place,” said former employee Kevin Townsend. “That’s for sure.”

The new owners of Hostess said it will hire at least 1,500 people, but they will be non-union employees.

Townsend worked as a driver for hostess for about 30 years.  Even though the Twinkie is coming back, he doesn’t think his job will come back.

“Oh, no,” Townsend said.  “No, they have no intentions of hiring us I guarantee that.”

Townsend is a union driver and the new owners said they will only hire non-union employees.

Hostess shut down last year after a labor union dispute. Townsend expects some of the former employees to be hired back, but not all of them.

“They may hire some of the bakers back, but there will be no pension I’m sure of that,” Townsend said.

Sadly, he said even though the Twinkie is coming back, it will never be the same brand to the people who made the cream-filled cake such an American icon.

“They will bring back the Twinkies and the Ding Dongs, but it won’t be what it once was,” he said.

Townsend is still driving these days but it is to job interviews.

“Drawing unemployment looking for work,” he said.

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