Skip to comments.Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation
Posted on 04/17/2014 5:38:26 AM PDT by texas booster
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday that he is now 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 who have offered to host the Sriracha factory. 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 that he has not decided whether to move, but would like to explore his options.
The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously to designate the factory a public nuisance last Wednesday despite promises from the sauce maker 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. If Irwindale residents continue to complain even after smell-mitigation technology is installed, Sriracha's legal troubles could have no end, Tran said. City officials "tell you one thing, but think another,"
Tran said in an interview at Huy Fong Foods on Wednesday. "I don't want to sit here and wait to die."
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Since peppers for Sriracha hot sauce must be fresh ground on the day they are harvested, Tran said he'll have to find a new grower if he moves, as well as replace or relocate 60 to 200 employees.
Tran said his first choice is to stay in Irwindale, but the city government's actions have created an uncertain business climate.
"I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king," Tran said.
The Governments South Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors have NOT been able to link any odors to the plant despite multiple visits during the receiving and grinding process. The owner had already installed two additional filtrations systems to abate any odors. The Governments South Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors have NOT been able to link any odors to the plant despite multiple visits during the receiving and grinding process. The owner had already installed two additional filtrations systems to abate any odors.
Search the LA Times for a more complete story. The complaints seem to have been started by a councilmans son. The neighborhood is in an industrial area that has a 30 acre open gravel pit across the street and various other industries. Most people in the area state that they have not noticed any significant odor.
Would these people be home to notice the smell if they were at work most of the day?
"This seems very extreme," Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told Shyong. "It's disappointing given that [air quality officials] have explained that there are readily available solutions.
The city of Irwindale has given itself the power to enter the factory, find a solution and serve Huy Fong Foods the bill if it does not grant the company 90 days to fix the odor during its next meeting.
So what’s the real reason for this now? A shakedown for more taxes or paying an “odor abatement fee” to the city or some such? You can bet there’s $ behind them going after this guy since there’s apparently no real odor issue.
Tran. Wake up. Get the hell out of Cali dude. I’m sure there are plenty of places that would welcome his business and employees.
Seriously, people complain of spicy orders who also live next door to an open gravel pit? In an industrial area?
Nuts. Someone wants $$ out of the company.
It’s a shake down. Obviously you are not contributing to the right campaign funds. These people are looking for a pay off. Hire somebodies cousin to do a “no show” job.
“I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king,” Tran said.
Tran, move to Texas while you still can. It’s only a matter of time before California makes business relocation illegal, with SWAT teams to back that up.
Somewhere in the country there is a community crying to have this plant ... and then really crying after they get it.
:: as well as replace or relocate 60 to 200 employees. ::
Funny thing here is that, understaning the cultural precepts of the majority of Tran’s employees, they will willing move to the new location regardless of distance.
The majority of coddled workers not associated with David Tran’s culture would rather not relocate and stay in Irwindale and collect welfare.
He should move his factory to Louisiana. He’d fit right in...............................
Youi forgot your “Hyde Park, Chicago” return address (or Bridgeport, Chicago or Evanston, Chicago address).
Nevada. No income taxes
Texas and Florida as well.......................
If he’s worried about finding a new supplier, then Louisiana is the logical choice. They grow every kind of pepper by the tons all year..........................
Here in eastern North Carolina, there are a number of paper mills that buy locally-grown yellow pine logs to make brown kraft paper... the stuff they make corrugated cardboard out of, and paper shopping bags.
The plants stink to high heaven. They smell like God's own poot after a 3-day cabbage bender.
The locals neither mind nor, really, seem to notice. "Smells like money," they'll tell you if you ask.
Yes, move to Texas where we celebrate hot peppers! Settle anywhere around San Antonio and no one will even notice.