Hostess Brands, Inc.

For workers at bakery targeted in immigration raid, hope and uncertainty after Hostess acquisition

For workers at bakery targeted in immigration raid, hope and uncertainty after Hostess acquisition

Hostess Brands has begun the work of turning around the troubled, money-losing Cloverhill bakery on Chicago’s Northwest Side, but it’s unclear exactly what that will mean for its hundreds of workers.

The plan, according to Hostess executives, is to improve operations at the bakery, making it more efficient and profitable, and to use the facility to grow Hostess’ breakfast pastry business. Last month, Hostess — maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other brands — bought the bakery and its brands from Cloverhill’s Swiss parent company Aryzta for about $25 million after an immigration crackdown decimated Cloverhill’s workforce and sales.

But there’s also much unknown. Hostess, just a...

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