Hundreds of job hopefuls lined up Saturday outside the Columbus office of the Georgia Department of Labor; all vying for 200 available positions with Hostess brands.
In the Fall of 2012, Hostess brands went bankrupt, closing the Dolly Madison Bakery on Victory Drive, forcing hundreds of local citizens to loose their jobs. But now Hostess is under new ownership and recently announced they will re-open the Dolly Madison Bakery in July 2013.
Interested candidates started lining up for the job fair as early as 5 o'clock, Saturday morning. Among them was Daniel Anderson. Anderson said he has been unemployed for the past 7 months, picking up odd jobs here and there to support his family.
"The unemployment situation around here is a bit grim, you know, a lot of people are trying to support themselves, and this is an example of how desperate people are getting," explained Anderson.
Anderson added that he heard about Hostess returning to the area, and decided to try and land a position with the iconic snack brand.
"I got here and I was looking for the address or whatever, I was trying to look around for 700 Veterans Parkway and I saw all the people and saw this was the place to be and saw that people are looking for a job," said Anderson.
The line to submit your resume snaked all the way through the parking lot, down the street and stretched for about three blocks.
Near the front of the line was Dolly Madison veteran, Edward Wilson.
"I just enjoyed working for dolly Madison for 21 years. The management was great. I am just trying to re-apply and get my job back," said Wilson.
Wilson added that he is confident he will be able to continue making twiknies.
Another job hopeful in line was sShynita Collins.
"I've been with my company for 13 years, AT&T, and I'm just looking for a new experience a new change," said Collins.
Collins said she has never been to a job fair like this one, but the long lines have will not stop her from trying it again.
"Just do not get discouraged and follow your dreams, like I said, there's always something out there, bigger and better," added Collins.
Hostess said they plan to initially hire 200 employees to staff the Dolly Madison Bakery. Then as the company grows, they hope to expand the work force to at least 300 employees.
If you missed the job fair but are interested in a position with Hostess Brands, applications are also available online.