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.
That aside, Irwindale's population is all of 1,200 people as of the 2012 census. I'm having a hard time believing the story here. I'm thinking the guy voted against the city council members at some point, and they're trying to get back at him.
It’s not that simple if, as the story reads, he and his single farming supplier started and grew together. So he’d have to abandon that farmer? Due to the grown of Sriracha’s popularity, it’s safe to assume that farmer incurred more debt, bought more property, hired more hands. All that goes up in smoke if Tran moves his company.
Reminds me in some aspects of the relationship between Rush Limbaugh and the owner of Sleepy’s who abandoned Rush over the “slut” flap, then wanted back. Rush said, no thanks. Leaves a really bad taste. Sleepy’s wasn’t any ordinary advertiser, this farmer isn’t any ordinary supplier.
If he stays in California and just moves to another city, it won’t be long before the parasites start attacking again for the same reason, real, imagined or just plain made up..................
Unless “someone” calls the CA Dept of Agriculture and reports a truck of dangerous cargo ...
Sriracha should not only move to a more righteous place, but they should expand their operations. There are huge opportunities in the US market for all variety of Thai foods.
Most of what exists are Thai-style recipes. But an authentic Thai sauce-maker like Sriracha should be marketing at least a dozen popular Thai sauces, instead of just the three they currently offer (Sriracha sauce, Chili Garlic, and Sambal Oelek.)
They should also offer Nam pla fish sauce, as well as the more pungent Pla ra, curry pastes, taochiao (which is like soy sauce paste), Namman hoi (oyster sauce), etc.
From there they might even have, or make a partnership with a restaurant chain specializing in Thai cuisine.
Huy Fong Sriracha Controversy [wikipedia]:
The City of Irwindale offered a low interest loan to Huy Fong Foods in 2010 to locate its Sriracha factory in Irwindale.
Huy Fong took the loan and contributed $250,000 a year to the city as part of the deal.
Huy Fong built a $40-million factory planned to generate about $300 million a year in sales.
Shortly after Huy Fong paid off the loan early and stopped contributing to the city, Huy Fong became involved in lawsuits brought by its neighbors and the city of Irwindale, who complain of the odors of jalapeño pepper and garlic generated by the plant.
Typical racist foreigner - pays off his loan early and forgets that interest is forever. Wouldn't be surprised if the city reappraises the property for double it current value.
They should sue the city for the $40 million it spent for the factory.
Yeh, plus the place stinks already anyway!
Yeah, border control is something to consider. But that our national borders were as strictly enforced as those leaving/arriving @ CA with agricultural products
Doing a google map, a random Ventura County location to Irwindale is @ 1.5 to 1.75 hours, and traffic that far N from LA isn’t that bad (usually).
I didn't think momma's meat loaf could get any better till I added some 'rooster' sauce to it. Dang! I won't make one without it now.