Hostess announces Columbus plant to reopen, bring 300 new jobs

By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA – It really is a sweet story.

Some of America's favorite treats are headed back to the shelves. Hostess announced Tuesday it is under the new ownership of Apollo Global Management and it plans to re-launch the Dolly Madison bakery in Columbus, brining 300 new jobs to the area.

“Over 300 families will be positively affected by this investment and it's just really wonderful to have Hostess back,” Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

The Victory Drive bakery closed last fall after Hostess declared bankruptcy, resulting in the loss of about 400 jobs.

“The minute you reported on the first chapter, we were working on the second chapter,” Tomlinson says.

Officials say these new jobs will be competitive with what they used to be, and new and improved.

“We will have some new jobs in packaging and logistics that we did not have before because of the way the company ran before,” Executive Vice President of Hostess Michael Kramer says.

The company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the facilities, names and secret formulas for some of the company's main snacks, including Twinkies, Ding Dongs, HoHos and Zingers.

The Columbus plant is one of the four plants Hostess chose to re-open.

“Columbus has a good labor force, a great community to be in, it was the right place for us and the welcome we received when we talked about potentially coming back here was phenomenal,” Kramer says.

Georgia Quick Start will be here on Saturday to start training and help re-launch the bakery. Officials say you should start seeing the iconic treats back on the shelves in July.

“We expect that every lunch bucket in America will have Twinkies in it by the time school goes back in the fall,” Kramer says.

Or whatever your favorite Hostess snack is.

“For some people it's the Hostess cakes or the Twinkies, but for me it's the Zingers,” Tomlinson says.

Hostess will begin recruiting production, sanitation, distribution, maintenance engineering and management positions April 27 at the Georgia Department of Labor at 700 Veterans Parkway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call GDOL Columbus Career Center at (706) 649-7423.