Henderson Hostess plant future in up in the air

Henderson Hostess plant future in up in the air

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Nov 19, 2012

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- Hostess Brands returned to bankruptcy court Monday and agreed to mediation with its bakers union, potentially saving the sweet treats and more than 150 local jobs.

The decision to force both parties into mediation was ordered by a New York state judge.

If the parties reach an agreement, it could save up to 171 jobs at the Hostess Brands plant in Henderson.

“You know in these economic times any saving of jobs helps not only us here in Henderson, but the whole Southern Nevada and Nevada economy,” said Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen.

That's not the only effect potential bankruptcy is having the valley. Local convenience store owners say their shelves have been picked clean of almost all Hostess Brands snacks.

“Customers are coming in continuously looking for their favorite Hostess products, and we don't have them!” said Amber Fleisher, owner of Paradise Shell convenience store.

Mediation talks are set to take place between Hostess and the bakers union on Tuesday. Both sides would need to reach an agreement by the end of the day. Otherwise the liquidation hearing is set to resume on Wednesday.

Spencer Lubitz

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.