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By Steve Patterson

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A deadline for liquidation set by Hostess brands has come and gone, but we may not know the results until late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

The makers of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, and Hostess Cupcakes said it will close its doors permanently if striking workers didn't return to work Thursday.

If the Hostess Brands company shuts down like it is threatening, that means 18,000 people around the country will be out of work.

"We've been run down, walked on and bled out. We're just tired," said longtime employee David Douglass. "If they don't want to pay us fair wages or give us a pension or anything else, then liquidate."

Douglass remains with a handful of workers still striking in a show of support, after the Hostess announced it was shutting down the North Broadway plant on Monday, leaving 365 workers out of the job. Plants in Seattle and Cincinnati were also shutdown.

The strike began Friday, November 9 after Hostess filed bankruptcy, saying it needed to diminish health benefits, freeze pensions and cut wages by eight-percent.

Hostess gave a 4 p.m. deadline for the strike to end or else it will ask a U.S. bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York for permission to liquidate the entire company.

If the motion is granted, Hostess would begin to cease operations as soon as November 20.

A representative with the company says officials need time to make their decision. An announcement may come as late as Friday morning.

Watch the video report abovefrom NewsChannel 5's Steve Patterson to hear more from local workers following the local shutdown and their plans for the future.