Broward News

Bankrupt Twinkie Manufacturer Warns of Hundreds of Florida Layoffs

Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Ding Dongs that declared bankruptcy in January, has filed paperwork with the state warning of at least 479 potential layoffs all over the state.

And it's not just a Florida thing -- reports of layoff warnings are coming out all over the country, with the cited number looking to be 18,500 jobs that could be lost nationwide due to restructuring.

Jacksonville stands to take the hardest hit in Florida, with 121 potential layoffs. Down here, there's a danger for 15 in West Palm Beach, 30 in Doral, and 39 in Oakland Park.

"The notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind down of the company is possible in the future," Hostess spokesman Erik Halvorson told the Baltimore Business Journal. "Our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company. There are no immediate actions being taken to sell or wind down the company."