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Relocation offers pour in for Sriracha sauce maker

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:51 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2014

IRWINDALE, Calif. >> A hot sauce company accused of stinking up the atmosphere around its Southern California plant is being peppered with offers to relocate.

The city of Irwindale is suing the maker of Sriracha hot sauce and last week the Los Angeles suburb tentatively voted to declare the bottling plant a public nuisance.

Sriracha's owner has said the company is working hard to reduce the spicy fumes.

Meantime, though, Huy Fong Foods has received offers to relocate its $40 million plant to Los Angeles, other California cities, Philadelphia and 11 states, including Texas and Ohio.

On Wednesday, CEO David Tran invited interested officials and business leaders to tour the plant.

Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante says relocating seems extreme and the city only wants to see the smell issue addressed.

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myviewofthings wrote:
on April 17,2014 | 07:18AM
screaming_banshee wrote:
If those prissy little Cali princesses can't take it, we will!
on April 17,2014 | 08:48AM
nyewarrior wrote:
These idiots don't seem to know which side of the bread the butter is on. They will get an offer to move to a friendlier place and you will be saying "Auwe" for many years to come.
on April 17,2014 | 09:11AM
Loki wrote:
Haha! They are addressing the smell issue by relocating!
on April 17,2014 | 09:29AM
buttery wrote:
Only the City has complained about the smell. What kind of smell is it.
on April 17,2014 | 11:37AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
It's not the smell so much as the fumes that are being released when they process the peppers. The factory is basically pepper-spraying the area around them. Funny, it didn't bother anyone before.
on April 17,2014 | 12:19PM
Solara wrote:
Many complaints have come in from residents but most of them stem from 4 households.
on April 17,2014 | 01:54PM
hilopango wrote:
"Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante says relocating seems extreme and the city only wants to see the smell issue addressed." Sounds like backpedaling to me. Well, too late!
on April 17,2014 | 09:50AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Was thinking the same thing. Reap what you sow, Irwindale.
on April 17,2014 | 12:19PM
iwanaknow wrote:
on April 17,2014 | 10:15AM
sailfish1 wrote:
They should build the replacement plant in Vietnam or Thailand where building costs are cheaper, labor is cheaper, and they will be closer to where the sauce originated. Shipping costs will not be a problem because they can ship on foreign carriers and they already ship plenty of Asian foods from that area.
on April 17,2014 | 11:31AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
What? How can shipping costs not be a problem? They don't have to ship it anywhere now, since it's produced on the mainland. Moving further away from their biggest market doesn't seem like the brightest idea. What would the significance be of producing the sauce closer to where it originated? Also, tariffs.
on April 17,2014 | 12:22PM
false wrote:
Haha... Keep ragging on 'Big business', then see what you get. Great lesson
on April 17,2014 | 12:15PM
Solara wrote:
Invitations to move elsewhere have been received but the CEO invited city officials, et al, to tour his plant. He's not wanting to move and I don't blame him. It will be expensive to stay but might be more expensive to move. The numbers will have to make sense before he moves.
on April 17,2014 | 02:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
Plenty lost jobs if they move. That city doesn't know how good it really has till it's gone.
on April 17,2014 | 02:45PM
jmarie wrote:
David Tran should close down this factory and move just as a principle to teach that town a lesson! You sure this isn't in happening in Honolulu?
on April 17,2014 | 05:20PM
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