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Hot Topic: Would You Welcome Sriracha Factory to Your Community?

Sriracha creator David Tran is thinking of moving his sauce factory to a new city after heated debate and complaints about the spicy odor from L.A.'s Irwindale community.

Sriracha. Patch file photo.
Sriracha. Patch file photo.

After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said in remarks reported today that he is seriously considering moving his factory to another location.

Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory, the Los Angeles Times reported. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.

Tran stressed he has not decided whether to move but would like to explore his options, according to The Times.

The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously last week to designate the factory a public nuisance despite promises from the company that it would submit an action plan and fix the smell by June 1.

Tran said he fears the city won't accept any solution he proposes, The Times reported. If Irwindale residents continue to complain even after smell- mitigation technology is installed, Sriracha's legal troubles could have no end, he said.

City officials "tell you one thing, but think another," Tran told The Times in an interview at Huy Fong Foods on Wednesday. "I don't want to sit here and wait to die."

Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the newspaper he is confused and disappointed by Tran's actions. Irwindale officials just want an action plan to be submitted, and Galante said that Tran has not proposed any solutions for the city to reject.

"This seems very extreme," Galante said. "It's disappointing giving that (air quality officials) have explained that there are readily available solutions."

Irwindale's public nuisance designation gives city officials the authority to enter the factory and install smell-mitigation technology if the company does not make the appropriate changes within approximately 90 days.

—City News Service

Would you welcome the Sriracha Factory to your community? Tell us in the comment section below.
Debbie April 18, 2014 at 01:24 PM
I read that this plant has been at Irwindale since 2010. I would hope he stays in CA. Not only would a move out of state affect jobs but also his pepper supplier in Ventura County. Both companies have grown together. If the company is moved further than the allotted shipping distance to process the peppers in a timely manner...the grower will not survive either.
Allan April 18, 2014 at 01:31 PM
California unemployment up .1 pct as reported today. Let them move and if the pepper supplier doesn't survive so be it. Harsh yes!! Remember that this company is now under the control of the regulators of the AMQD and guess what they are a power unto themselves. CA is bleeding business. But hey, you elect who you do, you are required to suffer the consequences. So if the workers voted for the folks now in Sacramento, then they are also part of the problem. Yep, it will hurt them a lot more than the owner moving.
Don April 18, 2014 at 01:34 PM
@Debbie, mostly assumptions. The pepper supplier the job loss is 50 minimum wage line jobs. I'd also check their legal status, then you'll know if he took jobs from legal residents I'm not being crass both sides decided to arrogantly say "mine's bigger". Now that they've exposed themselves both sides want us to feel sorry for them. Let the cards fall the way they fall and then insist that the lesson be implemented for future issues. If you really want to have empathy, why don't you evaluate the overall plans of the various City governments that pick and choose the winners by tax abatements. Then have empathy for that group that is currently not part of the chosen few.
Ziegler April 18, 2014 at 08:07 PM
There are implements that could be attached in the plant that would have prevented the discomfort and possible injury to others. The owner did not put thos things in place in order to protect others. The City did the right thing by clamping down on his irresponsibility. In the long run it will cost the owner less to add the necessary instrumentation than to move to a different location. There is an old saying; "You have the right to swing your arms as high and as far as you want, until it hits my nose."

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