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Judge gives Hostess approval to shut down

A sign at the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet store in Victorville, Calif.
David Pardo/The Victor Valley Daily Press/AP
A sign at the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet store in Victorville, Calif.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge is approving a request by Hostess Brands Inc. to begin winding down its operations.

The ruling came Wednesday after the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs failed in last-ditch negotiations to end a strike by its second-largest union.

Hostess now has the green light to terminate the jobs of its 18,000 workers and sell off its brands.

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In court Wednesday, Hostess said it needed to begin the liquidation process quickly to take advantage of outside interest in its brands, which a banker said could fetch up to $2.4 billion. That’s about how much they generate in annual sales.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, has been spending about $1 million a day in payroll without any income since it halted operations last week.