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Hostess Closing Ohio Bakery

DALLAS (AP) β€” Hostess Brands Inc. will shutter an 87-year-old Ohio bakery later this summer and lay off the facility's roughly 100 workers. The company, which makes Wonder bread and various sweets, said it will shut the Akron plant by June 25 and consolidate its operations with another bakery in Northwood, Ohio β€” nearly 3 hours away.

DALLAS (AP) β€” Hostess Brands Inc. will shutter an 87-year-old Ohio bakery later this summer and lay off the facility's roughly 100 workers.

The company, which makes Wonder bread and various sweets, said it will shut the Akron plant by June 25 and consolidate its operations with another bakery in Northwood, Ohio β€” nearly 3 hours away.

About 400 sales and retailer works in the region won't be affected by the decision and the company's office operations in Akron will also remain.

Hostess blamed "changes in local market conditions," for the decision to shut the bakery, which began operating in 1923.

The age of the facility also would have made it difficult and expensive to modernize production equipment at the plant, as would have been needed to meet changing consumer preferences," the company said in a statement on Friday.

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