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Hostess Brands laying off 18,000, including Columbus workers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Hostess is laying off over 18,000 workers nationwide, including Columbus.  About 400 people at Dolly Madison Bakery in Columbus will be out of a job less than a week before Thanksgiving.

The entire plant is shutting down.

Hostess says this was caused by a nationwide strike that crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

We spoke with some employees and they tell us this was a surprise, and caught them off guard.

Extra security was called to the bakery Friday morning as a precaution just before 
employees were given their pink slips. 

Nikesha Marshall grew up in Columbus and remembers seeing the bakery throughout her childhood, and says she feels bad for those who are affected.

"I feel real sorry for them and it's a sad situation because I know a lot of people that have kids and, you know, they're dependent on their jobs and going to work faithfully everyday and looking forward to going to work, and you get to work and you find out that you don't have a job to support your family... That's a sad situation," Marshall said.

We spoke with some employees off camera who say they came in to work like normal, and were surprised with the bad news.

Dunae Solomon is from the area, and wants to tell the employees searching for a new job to not give up hope.

"There's a lot of people that have a lot of responsibilities: a house, buying cars, buying houses, taking care of the kids, grandkids, it's affecting a lot of people in the community so you just have to keep your faith and keep on, keep on believing, just hold on," Solomon said. "It's a sad, sad day for a lot of people this year."

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