Texas lawmakers tour embattled Sriracha plant

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Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, right, of Dallas, Texas, tours the Huy Fong Foods, Inc. manufacturing plant, maker of Sriracha hot sauce, with founder and CEO David Tran, in Irwindale, Calif. May 12, 2014. Texas officials are trying to convince the Sriracha maker to move to their state after the city of Irwindale declared them a public nuisance. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Leo Jarzomb)

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — The maker of the popular Sriracha hot sauce says he has no intention of moving his embattled factory out of Irwindale, California, but he has told two visiting Texas lawmakers he might consider expanding into that state.

David Tran spoke to reporters on Monday after giving the politicians a tour of the factory, which some neighbors claim emits offensive odors.

Irwindale city leaders have tentatively declared the plant a public nuisance, leading numerous other cities and states to urge Tran to relocate his business and jobs.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on finalizing the nuisance declaration on Wednesday but there’s a staff recommendation to delay the vote another two weeks. Tran believes he’ll have the odor issue resolved by June 1.

 

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