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Workers Hope Maine Plant will Reopen
11/16/2012 12:14 PM ET  

The Texas-based company says it's shutting down operations in the wake of a strike involving thousands of union members, after the union rejected a contract that cut wages and benefits.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) _ Workers at a Hostess plant in Biddeford, Maine, say they hope it will be reopened under new ownership following the company's decision to cease operations.

The Texas-based company told striking workers that the company would go out of business if they didn't return to their jobs Thursday evening. Pickets remained outside the Biddeford plant on Friday.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting a contract offer that cut wages and benefits.

Fifty-two-year-old Rich Reardon says he and fellow workers are confident that the Biddeford plant will be bought and reopened because the 13-year-old plant is modern and efficient.

The closing would mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs. The Biddeford plant employs about 330 people.



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