Hostess to reopen bakery, adding 100 jobs

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) – A former Hostess Brands bakery in Lenexa will reopen this summer, providing about 100 jobs.

Flower Foods, which acquired part of the former plant in 2013, announced it will begin producing its Nature’s Own, Wonder and Home Pride breads at the plant. The company says it spent more than $10 million to upgrade the plant.

The Kansas City Star reports bread baked in Lenexa is expected to be sold in Kansas, Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

The plant closed when the former Hostess Brands suspended all operations during a negotiation impasse with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

Flowers Foods, based in Georgia, bought the former Hostess bread brands and has gradually reopened plants. It currently has 46 bakeries.

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