(Times Free Press) - McKee Foods Corp. has added almost 300 jobs in Collegedale over the past 10 months as the snack-food company saw demand sweeten after the bankruptcy of competitor Hostess Brands.

Mike McKee, the company's chief executive and president, said the nation's No. 1 snack cake maker now employs between 2,500 and 3,000 people at its Hamilton County headquarters.

The business has more than 5,000 employees company-wide, including its plants in Virginia and Arkansas and distribution center in Arizona, having boosted its overall hiring by nearly 800 since last November.

"When [Hostess] shut down, our business jumped tremendously," McKee said in an interview this week.

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