Will another Southland company move to the Lone Star State? Today Texas representatives are touring Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha hot sauce, in an effort to lure the company and it's hundreds of employees to invest in Texas.
The Irwindale company has been beleaguered by some complaints about strong odors emanating from the hot sauce making plant and a recent vote by the city council deemed it a public nuisance.
The Texas delegation will be meeting with the CEO of the Sriracha company, David Tran to try to convince him to expand his 80 million dollar company to Texas. Representative Jason Villalba said, "I am confident this group will be able to communicate with Mr Tran and his colleagues at Huy Fong Foods the benefit of conducting business in the Lone Star State where frivolous litigation is not business as usual and we work with companies to create jobs and opportunity for all."
Texas governor Rick Perry has been aggressive about poaching LA companies to move to his state by offering business friendly incentives. Toyota recently announced it's moving thousands of jobs from its headquarters in Torrance to Plano, Texas.
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The owners of the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha hot sauce plant are having issues in their current location of Irwindale, Calif. because of the product's smell.
The sauce is made of mostly chili, sugar, garlic and vinegar. But some neighbors say it burns their eyes and throats and makes them cough.
The city council in Irwindale tentatively called the 2-year-old sriracha plant a public nuisance. An official vote is set for Wednesday.
If the vote is finalized, the plant has 90 days to fix the smell or move.
The owners of Huy Fong Foods said they are working on a solution and have no plans on moving, but a delegation from Texas is hoping to convince them otherwise.
State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas, along with two representatives from the tourism office and three other leaders, are heading to the sriracha plant.
The goal is to try to explain to the owners why relocation and/or expansion should happen in Texas.
"Each member of this delegation was carefully selected for their unique areas of expertise. I am confident this group will be able to communicate to Mr. Tran and his colleagues at Huy Fong Foods the benefit of conducting business in the Lone Star State where frivolous litigation is not businesses as usual and we work with companies to create jobs and opportunity for all," Rep. Villalba said in a release.