Hostess' comeback celebrated at the statehouse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Lawmakers found a sweet taste of a Kansas comeback in the rotunda.

Hostess Brands served up Twinkies, Donuts, and other treats for their 'Made in Kansas Day.' The Kansas Dept. of Commerce is organizing the series of events to showcase the state's manufacturing industry.

Hostess declared bankruptcy five years ago, but since then, the company acquired its Emporia facility, investing $70 million and building up to 600 workers.

"Our growth has been tremendous, in the way that our consumers have really embraced us, as we came back to market," Hostess' VP of Human Resources Matt Hall said.

"Emporia's played a huge part in that," he added.

Hall said about 60% of what Hostess sells is made in Emporia.