Ripple effect of Hostess closure impacts Waterloo truck drivers
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
One bakery, two warehouse distribution centers and additional depots and stores in Iowa are among the casualties from the Hostess closure which was announced on Friday morning.
Several truck drivers for the company have been laid off as a result.
"I went to work, got done with my route and was notified that my job was done," said James Gibbons of Evansdale. Gibbons has been a route driver for Hostess for two years, delivering Hostess brand products to Cedar Falls and New Hampton grocery stores.
"When I heard the news that it was going to end, it really hit me," he said. "It really hit me that this is really my last day."
Danny Derifield of Waterloo has been a distribution driver at Hostess for 27-years.
"I came here everyday faithfully, just like every other employee," he said. "We did what we had to do to make a job."
Derifield said he and a handful of other truck drivers will be employed through the beginning of December while they transport remaining Hostess product from stores in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
"I'm going to miss the people. I really truly am," he said.
Nationwide, 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlets will be shutting their doors for good.
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