Chief Executive C. Dean Metropoulos said the company will pump $60 million in capital investments into the plants between now and September and aims to hire at least 1,500 workers. But they won't be represented by unions, including the one whose nationwide strike sparked the 86-year-old company's decision to shut down in November.
"We do not expect to be involved in the union going forward," Mr. Metropoulos said in an interview Wednesday.
If you recall, Hostess declared bankruptcy and had to liquidate thanks to a union debacle. The bakery union refused to accept concessions that would allow the company to stay open. Instead of accepting modest wage cuts, the union thugs representing Hostess bakers picked no jobs over paying-but-not-high-enough-for-union-pleasure-ones.
Math seemed hard. Faced with the fact that the company had lost over $300 million in 2012, the bakery union cared little for the simple truth that a company that doesn’t make a profit ceases to exist.
The result? Hostess Brands Inc. filed for bankruptcy, sold off its brands, and more than 18,000 jobs, 15,000 of which were union jobs, were nearly lost for good.
Since then, the unions insisted that under any sort of restructuring and reopening of bakeries, union employees would be the only ones that could be hired. New management disagrees.
Mr. Metropoulos and his son, Daren, the co-CEO of Pabst Brewing Co. who is also heading up the reborn Hostess's marketing strategy, expressed confidence they would be able to find skilled, nonunion workers near the four plants, which are in areas with high unemployment.
"We're trying to find the most qualified people in these local markets to come work for the company," Daren Metropoulos said.
If you’re looking for work and have some baking experience, the new Hostess plants are opening in Columbus, Georgia; Emporia, Kansas; Schiller Park, Illinois; and Indianapolis, Indiana.