Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2012 10:56:40 AM PST

After 82 years, Hostess Brands has filled its last Twinkie with cream, the company announced Friday, costing an estimated 1,850 Californians their jobs.

The announcement follows the Irving, Texas-based company’s months-long battle with the striking Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn was quoted as saying in a news release from the company. “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 strike began Nov. 9, when Hostess cut workers’ wages by 8 percent, along with what union officials said was a benefits cut of 27 to 32 percent. Hostess has been in trouble for years, entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004 and again in January of this year.

The company’s closure means a loss of 18,500 jobs at Hostess’ 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores. Product delivery will continue and outlet stores will remain open until all existing stock has been sold.

There was a steady traffic of customers at the company’s San Bernardino location on Friday morning.

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