[h=1]Twinkies poised for a comeback[/h] By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 Junk-food junkie alert: Look for Twinkies on store shelves in July. Four former Hostess snack cake bakeries around the country are scheduled to reopen within eight to 10 weeks. â€œHooray!â€ said Kent Heermann, president of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, which includes Emporia, Kan., where one of the plants is located. An investment group, which bought assets and rights to several products after Hostess Brands Inc. liquidated last year, confirmed this week that bakeries in Emporia; Columbus, Ga.; Schiller Park, Ill.; and Indianapolis will begin hiring soon. The investor partnership of Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC paid $410 million for the bakeries and rights and to make Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes, Zingers, Suzy Qs, Mini Muffins and Hostess Cup Cakes. The sale was supervised by a bankruptcy court after Hostess Brands Inc. filed for liquidation. Lead investor C. Dean Metropoulos told The Wall Street Journal that the partnership intends to pour $60 million more in capital investments into four, perhaps five, plants and hire 1,500 workers to staff them. The four plants, possibly plus one more in Los Angeles, were among 11 former Hostess bakeries acquired by Metropoulos and Apollo. About 500 people lost their jobs at the Emporia bakery when Hostess Brands Inc. shut down the plant last year. The new owners, doing business as a new company, Hostess Brands LLC, said the plant will hire 250 initially.