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      Twinkie maker declares bancruptcy, will close facilities

      Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

      IRVING, Texas (WACH/AP) -- Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

      The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

      ??We deeply regret the necessity of today??s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,?? said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. ??Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.??

      The company says the wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

      Hostess has published a letter to their employees , customers and suppliers addressing the closures.

      Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

      The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)