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Hostess Brands LLC, Kansas City, MO, is closing its Schiller Park, IL, bakery, according to the Chicago Tribune. The plant, which has been producing Twinkies and other iconic Hostess treats for 84 years, has about 400 workers.

Among only four remaining Hostess bakeries in the country and the last in Illinois, the facility is expected to close Oct. 19. Twinkies were invented in the Chicago area in 1930.

Hostess re-opened the Illinois facility in July 2013, following the snack brands’ $410 million purchase by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. The treat line was bought out of bankruptcy following the old Hostess’ dispute with its main employee union.

Source: Chicago Tribune