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Hostess Brands warns of layoffs; Buffalo-area workers among 18,500 notified

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.