The new Hostess Brands has announced plans to re-open plants in Indiana and Illinois as the US baker looks to rebuild its production network.

The Hostess snack cake business, including the Twinkies, HoHos and Ding Dongs brands, was sold to private-equity investors Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management last month, as the former Hostess business wound down its operations and sold off its assets as part of a liquidation process.

The new owners said today (29 April) they are in the process of building up the group’s production capacity as the firm looks to return its brands to the shelves. Plants in Indianapolis in Indiana and in Schiller Park in Illinois are set to re-open. Last week, the company said it would re-open factories in Columbus in Georgia and in Emporia in Kansas.

The company today denied recent press reports suggesting it was opposed to a unionised workforce. The former directors of the old Hostess Brands, which went into bankruptcy protection in November, claimed strike action had played a role in the demise of the business.

“None of the company representatives stated or intended to imply that Hostess will be avoiding union-represented employees or job applicants. It is the policy of Hostess to comply with all applicable laws in its hiring process and not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of any protected characteristic, including union membership,” the company said.