Hostess enters into mediation with union

In a statement released Monday, Hostess Brands was ordered to enter into mediation with the Union that crippled its operation for one last effort to save the company. Statement from Hostess Brands Hostess Brands Inc. announced Monday that it will follow a request from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to enter a confidential mediation on Tuesday with the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM). Monday's hearing to consider Hostess Brands' motion to wind down the company and sell all of its assets has been adjourned until 11 a.m., EST, on Wednesday. Production remains shut down. David Gaines addresses Boonville City Council David Gaines, Vice President of the Moberly Economic Development Group was on hand at the Boonville City Council meeting on Monday to discuss the matter of the bakery. Gaines told the council and city officials about the latest move regarding the mediation. Gaines was hopeful that a deal between the union and Hostess could come to fruition but said MEDG has contacted The Division of Workforce Development to assist in placement help for the bakery employees who lost their jobs. Gaines said they would be coming in Wednesday and will be setting up at the Knights of Columbus Hall off Radio Hill Rd. The assistance times will begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m. Gaines said any time you lose employment in a community it is not a good day for those struggling with that news. "We tend to forget that there is a good opportunity for other employers to hire the hard working individuals from the Boonville plant," Gaines said. If the bakery facility does become available Gaines is working to try to secure a possible strategy in making the facility operational again. "We have communicated to people in other industries about the availability of the bakery facility. There could be a possibility for them in the future in Boonville," Gaines said. In reasons why an individual would be interested in the facility Gaines stated the location of the bakery was key. "I think the location of Boonville facility which is situated between Kansas City and St. Louis is very good. It would be a good opportunity for a company to service two metropolitan areas," Gaines said. Once news of the bakery closing in downtown was released, many people commented on the Boonville Daily News Facebook account. Below are some of the comments. —"So sad, the bakery has been there as long as I can remember. Bob started his first job there, right out of high school," Maryann Reuter stated. — "Oh no!!! So many memories of going there with my grandpa," Candace Elbert stated. — "It's sad anytime a business closes. Right before the holiday season is even worse" Cindy Mutrux stated.