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      Merita employees react to Hostess Brands decision to close

      Hostess Brands' decision Friday to end operations will affect more than 100 employees at downtown Birmingham's Merita Bakery.

      Hostess filed a motion to liquidate {}with U.S. Bankruptcy Court after striking workers nationwide crippled its ability to maintain production.

      "It's my 15 year anniversary today, and I was told I no longer have a job today," said Merita employee Kimberly Butler. "This was my livelihood.{}It helped me raise nine kids."

      About 18,500 employees across the country will lose their jobs. Bakery outlet stores will remain open for several days in order to sell products.

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