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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 the 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.
Ken April 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Exactly, the people doing the complaining are looking for some sort of monetary compensation.
shazaam April 21, 2014 at 08:15 PM
I heard, but not sure how true it is is that David Tran paid off his loan in its entirety earlier than what the council people expected or want. Air Quality Management visited the site multiple times without issuing the company any citations. Tran also said in court documents that the complaints about the smell first originated with an Irwindale city councilman's son. The complaining of a very few residents will hurt the city now and in the long run. Think about all the dollars they will not be seeing when Tran packs his belongings and moves to another city or state like Texas.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 02:52 AM
That's the state of Californication for 'ya.... They say they want A "greener state" but at the same time they run Tesla and Exide Batteries out of the state. The fools in Sacramento won't be happy until EVERY manufacturing Plant in the state has moved elsewhere.... ... With that all of the hard working TAXPAYERS will be forced to follow their jobs out of state leaving nothing but a bunch of welfare recipients, stupid teachers, and fat politicians to sit around and whine because there's NO MORE REVENUE to pay them all to do NOTHING AT ALL !!
MEZRMOM April 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM
If it weren't for Grow Houses and Brooding Farms, Nail Salons and Massage Parlors there would be no business at all.
Larry W April 22, 2014 at 03:56 PM
If you don't like dealing with odors, you shouldn't have move to Irwindale. What will they complain of next? The dust from the century old quarries, the noise from the big rigs heading to warehouses built in the 50's or the smell from the brewery that has been there since 1978?

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