Hostess Brands announced Wednesday it has decided to close its Schiller Park bakery, less than two years after the location originally was set to close as Hostess entered bankruptcy.
The Illinois bakery, which produced Twinkies since the 1930s, is expected to close in October. About 400 employees will be affected.
The company said the decision was made to "enhance its production and distribution capabilities and efficiencies."
"Hostess has brought these great brands back to the marketplace," CEO Bill Toler said in a statement. "We have invested heavily in all facilities to improve worker conditions and efficiencies in a very highly competitive environment and marketplace."
The company reopened the Schiller Park last July after Hostess was purchased by Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC.
Since then, Hostess says the competition that emerged during its bankruptcy has continued to be more fierce than expected.
"While the old Hostess company was in bankruptcy," Toler said, "many competitors took over the shelves and are tenaciously defending their business and thus we must be highly efficient and technologically advanced to compete. As a result, we have invested in more efficient production capabilities and need to streamline our manufacturing infrastructure and protect our ability to compete."
The location is one of four remaining bakeries and the last in Illinois.