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Hostess closing has Tri-States in a frenzy

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Over 18,000 people are out of a job after Hostess announced it's closing its doors after a contract dispute with striking workers.

Not only is the impact being felt nation wide, but right in the Tri-States, as well.

Store managers at the Butternut Thrift Store in Quincy say now that Hostess has called it quits, they will be forced to close their doors on Monday, putting three people without a job.

Add another 10 jobs in Macomb at a Hostess store there and several more at a Hostess trucking company in Hannibal, and the company's closing has trickled down to the Tri-States.

The shock over losing Hostess products had people scrambling to snatch up their favorite snack foods today.

"I'm going to buy some boxes to put in my hope chest for my grand kids," said Quincy resident Bev Brown.

Across the Tri-States, there was a mad rush of people in checkout lines scrambling to get their hands on the last boxes of their favorite Hostess treats. Shelves at Hy-Vee were bare in just a few hours, with Twinkies disappearing the fastest.

But snack foods aren't all that's gone, thousands of jobs have been lost.

"That's unfortunate that they couldn't come to a deal because I'm sure there were a lot of good jobs that people are going to be out of," said Quincy resident Sam Dancer.

It's not just a problem in other cities, jobs are being lost in the Tri-States. Jerry Conrad drove a Hostess delivery truck out of Hannibal.

"It's sad, I was hoping for a future with this company, you know 20 to 30 years with the company and then have a good retirement. There was good insurance, good benefits with it. It's just a sad feeling," said Conrad.

Culver Stockton-Business professor Eric Larson says the sudden job slashing at Hostess is something he's never seen before.

"Usually there are a couple of weeks that they give a phase-in process they'll announce certain factories that may be closing first. This is unusual to have within hours or even within a day or two laying off immediately," said Larson.

However, Larson says there could still be hope for laid off workers.

"They are in liquidation phase that doesn't mean that the unions can't go back even this weekend and ask for their members to vote to see if they will go back to work, and if they would do that, that might save the company," said Larson.

In turn, save a snack food that all of us have grown up with.

"Hostess has been here as long as I've been alive," said Brown.

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