Hack of All Trades

Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lawrence, St. Louis & Louisville

Added on by TJ Kelley III.

We covered a lot of ground in a week. Here are some more photos from Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lawrence, St. Louis & Louisville. Kansas City was interesting, we got to see the headquarters. We met up with Mike Hummell in Lawrence, Kansas (search Hostess Bankery on YouTube) and interviewed him at the bar he works at. Stayed with a good friend in St. Louis and saw a huge Hostess plant.  We also made a stop in Louisville to find an old Butternut Bake Shop building that has since been taken over by Habitat for Humanity, which is great. We also found another outlet store, with a ton of open delivery trucks.


Added on by TJ Kelley III.

Chicago was very successful, got some great interviews and learned a lot about Unite Here! and how they function. We left Chicago and made our trek down to Indianapolis to visit a plant with plans of reopening, and stumbled upon an outlet store along the way.  Next we make our way to Kansas City to interview some individuals who worked for Hostess. Their headquarters were located in Kansas City.

Chicago & Milwaukee

Added on by TJ Kelley III.

Made the trek from Boston to Chicago over a few days.  We have spent some time interviewing organizers from Unite Here! Local 1 as well as seeing the state of a factory and an outlet in the area.  The pictured factory in Schiller Park, IL is set to open in July.   The outlet in Waukesha, WI has no plans of reopening that we are aware of.