Texas delegation woos Sriracha to move
Texas delegation woos Sriracha to move

Sriracha plant leaving California? (Video)

State Sen. Carlos Uresti was among a group of Texas lawmakers on Monday visiting the Sriracha plant in Southern California.

The lawmakers are trying to convince the company to move its plant from California to Texas — possibly to the San Antonio-area.

In a statement, State Representative Jason Villalba, who led the delegation, said, “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.”

UPI.com said that the Texas lawmakers’ visit was the latest move of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign to encourage more companies from California to move their businesses to the Lone Star state, dangling incentives and lighter regulations in the process. Perry’s biggest victory so far was Toyota’s recent decision to relocate its headquarters in California to Plano. The online news site said Tran’s hot sauce business itself is worth $80 million.

On the other hand, California Governor Jerry Brown might have wanted to think outside of the box if he wants to keep the Srirachi sauce factory inside the state. Huy Fung’s problems with the locals will not be appeased with any financial incentives.

Tran has earlier expressed his plans to stay within California, but did say he was eyeing to add another site outside of the sunny state, UPI.com said. An official vote that would give Huy Fong 90 days to resolve the smell issue would reportedly take place on Wednesday.


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