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Nov 27, 2013 05:56 PM

US Sriracha factory may close

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  1. It's unlikely it will close. The court order is limited to the processes which release irritants to the outside. The worst that is likely to come of it is that the processing of fresh chiles would have to be done elsewhere, but they might be able to improve the plant to contain the problem.

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    1. re: GH1618

      I appreciate the quotes from neighbors in that AP piece.

      This morning the LA Times had a more grounded story than the Eater blurb,

      Then this afternoon's follow up,
      "Both the city and the factory have retained separate air quality consultants, and Galante says he hopes that they will collaboratively decide which parts of the operation must be shut down."

    2. heres the latest as of may12 on this topic:

      IMO, they should move the factory to one of the cities that WANTS their business located there. it just makes sense, why stay in a crappy town with a crappy atitude towards a premier food business.

      'Fck' the city of irwincrap, leave and goto Texas.


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      1. re: bpongtor

        Regardless of being one of the few people I personally know that thinks Sriracha tastes like crap, I'm not going to criticize the decision of the people who live there to not want the smell because I'm not in their shoes smelling it every day. For all we know, they could be over exaggerating but at the same time, it could actually be that bad and most of us are judging them solely on our selfish reasons of wanting a hot sauce at the cost of a communities well-being.

        Also as far as moving the factory to a city that wants their business, more than likely they're going to choose a area that's profitable for them in terms low wage expectancy as well as cheap real estate which will more than likely result in another small residential town which will again make the same complaints.

        For a business that has been as successful as they have been, I don't know why they can't just build a state of the art air filtration system to deal with the smell while probably also getting money from the government for producing a 'green' facility.

        1. re: bpongtor

          ironically, irwindale wanted their business just a few years ago...

          1. re: chez cherie

            No irony, really. I'm sure they weren't expecting noxious fumes. It's reasonable to require the plant to contain irritants rather than release them to the air.

        2. Texas and San Antonio in particular just sent a delegation to these folks to see if they would like to re-locate their factory to our fair state. Great state for business. Just ask Gov. Rick Perry and SA Mayor Julian Castro!!

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            1. re: JAB

              1) Sriracha's problem is they have a pepper grower in ventura and they harvest/process peppers on the same day
              2) Toyota's move was based on a number of factors, with TX political climate being fairly far down the list.

              all that said, there is no dispute that the business climate in TX > business climate in CA.

              1. re: ns1

                By that logic, would it not make better sense then to relocate the Sriracha plant to Ventura, Oxnard, or Camarillo, California ?

                Near the coveted pepper crop used in the recipe.

                There is room for growth in Ventura County, and many businesses have moved there from Los Angeles. I would think this would protect the pepper crop the company uses, cut shipping costs, and provide a good source of business and jobs to a region with a strong historical foundation in agriculture and related products.

                That is unless the Texas government is providing substantial tax incentives (rebates).

              2. re: JAB

                When it looked like LA was a shoe in for an NFL franchise, Houston took it with a unified effort. I don't want to steal your sriracha factory, but your politicians and business people need to get it together. In the end it doesn't have a huge economic, so good luck to you folks. We had sriracha on grilled boudain yesterday!

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  LA doesn't NEED an NFL Franchise and it certainly doesn't need some group of billionaires telling it it's not good enough. YET, the NFL Network is located here... Hmmmm....


                  1. re: Dommy

                    sure would be fun to have NFL here tho...sundays are the one season ticket I could actually take advantage of...but irwindale, no; staples area, no (no tailgating)...leaving us with dodger stadium, or that area by the forum that the rams owner just bought.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Wasn't there talk about the City of Industry as well? Near the 57 / 60 interchange.

                2. re: JAB

                  LA Times story:
                  "Was Toyota driven out of California? Not so fast"

                  From the story:
                  "It may seem like a juicy story to have this confrontation between California and Texas, but that was not the case," said Jim Lentz, Toyota's North American chief executive.

                  1. re: suvro

                    Of course the CEO would never say anything to offend any potential customers in California, but the tax and cost situation in this state were certainly big factors despite the PR spin.

                    1. re: Ernie

                      could anything possibly change you from that opinion? unless you have inside knowledge, that sounds like speculation.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Unless maximizing profit and reducing costs are secondary concerns to CEOs, that opinion is not changing

                3. re: amazinc

                  Rick Perry's contribution to the global warming dialoge

                  1. re: jessejames

                    If you know anything about Texas politics, the guvnor has little power, veto, which can be overridden and calling special session. State legislators or the Lt. Governor would be the ones to bring Sriracha here, if it were to happen at all.

                4. Hot sauce maker David Tran announced that his Sriracha factory is staying put in California despite his recent troubles with the City of Irwindale over complaints of the beloved red sauce's spicy odors.

                  Tran told KPCC that he's been in California for more than 30 years and intends on keeping his factory here. However, he's considering opening another Sriracha factory outside of SoCal, but did not mention where yet.