BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As workers strike and the Hostess corporation closes, more than 18 thousand jobs are in jeopardy nationwide. In Biddeford alone, 370 jobs are called into question.
As the city braces for the economic impact of the national liquidation, city and state politicians are planning to mobilize the state's rapid response team.
"I'm confident that the Governor and the administration will see the need and work together," said Senator Barry Hobbins, as he visited with workers on the picket lines Friday morning.
"This is about people, not politics," he said.
And it's also about assetts -- as local officials see the state of the Hostess facility as the silver lining to the situation.
"That's why we're hoping with city and state efforts as this unfolds, we can atleast hold this up as a jewel among bakeries, and use that to attract other investors," said Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant.
He said the plant is just 13 years old, and is one of the most modern and efficient Hostess plants in the country.