Hostess Brands has issued layoff warnings to employees around the country, including in the Buffalo area, as the company undergoes restructuring and evaluates its future.
The Texas-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year. It makes products including Wonder Bread and Twinkies.
Hostess has filed government-required notices with the New York State Department of Labor that would affect 18,500 employees nationwide. The total includes 38 workers at a distribution center on Creekside Drive in Amherst, said Erik Halvorson, a company spokesman.
The company's notice describes a "conditional plant closing" and mentions a "possible sale" as the reason workers could be displaced.
"The notices were sent to alert employees that a sale or wind-down of the company is possible in the future," Halvorson said in a statement. "However, our goal is still to emerge from bankruptcy as a growing company, and there are no immediate actions being taken to sell or wind down the company. We are simply fulfilling our requirements by sending these notices."
A predecessor company to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy several years ago.