Snack food company Hostess is shutting down its factory in Schiller Park, Illinois. The Chicago Tribune writes that the plant has been around for 84 years and is where the first Twinkie was produced in the 1930s. The company's CEO Bill Toler tells the paper that when that when Hostess went bankrupt and shut down its factories last year, "many competitors took over the shelves." These knock-offs are often "5 to 50 percent cheaper" and many customers have a "growing appetite for food with more natural ingredients." Even after an exciting Twinkie relaunch, sales have slumped.
The factory shutdown will cost 400 jobs. Hostess is offering the affected employees severance packages and job placement services. Some workers may be able to get jobs at the Hostess factory in Indiana, but "it's unclear how many positions are available." The Schiller Park plant is the last Hostess factory is Illinois and will close on October 19.