Former Hostess bakery in Henderson to open under new ownership

A former Hostess Brands bakery in Henderson that closed after the Twinkies maker went bankrupt will soon be up and running under new owners.

Flowers Foods said today it will begin production later this year at the plant at 501 Conestoga Way. It did not provide an exact start date.

The company, based in Thomasville, Ga., bought the 23-acre facility this summer for about $9.6 million, property records show. Flowers plans to make Nature’s Own bread there for customers in Southern Nevada and California.

The bakery will initially employ 60 people, far fewer than the roughly 170 who reportedly worked there for Hostess. However, there could be more.

Tom Wilson, president of subsidiary Flowers Baking Co. of Henderson, said the plant could have more employees “over time as consumer demand drives the need for additional production.”

A famed producer of sugary snack cakes, Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2012. After turnaround efforts failed, the company announced in November that it would liquidate assets.

It closed the Henderson bakery that month.

According to the Associated Press, about 15,000 unionized workers lost their jobs amid the company-wide sell-off.

Flowers Foods, which operates 45 bakeries, was one of a number of companies that bought a chunk of Hostess.