May 13 2014, 6:37am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A group of Texas luminaries visited the Sriracha hot sauce plant in California in an effort at cajoling the owners into shifting to Texas. Many of the officials from Texas sat down for a mid-day meal with David Tran.
“For many years now, Texas has demonstrated it is the premiere state for economic development, expansion, and relocation,” Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba said.
One of the Texans who visited the Sriracha plant said that Texas was a singular state that supported economic development and was very progressive in its outlook. In order to wheedle the plant away from its Californian home, some effort was in the cards.
However, relocation plans are still in their preliminary stages. They have yet to reach completion fruition. There are many slips between the cup and the lips.
Tran has expressed his wish to remain within the ambit of his home turf. He does not want the plant to relocate and therefore shift its allegiances elsewhere.
"David would like to stay in Irwindale, but it's dependent on Irwindale," executive operations officer Donna Lam told LATimes. "Expansion might be a real possibility in the future when we maximize our capacity here."
The whole-scale migration of Sriracha plant from California to Texas might prove very difficult indeed. The fact is that the producers of vinegar and growers of peppers won’t be able to migrate for obvious reasons. And these are the main ingredients that go into the hot sauce.
However, Tran has a number of wooers who would like to court the sauce company. Almost a dozen states have sent missives that invite Tran to sign bonds with them. But despite the fact that there is no shortage of suitors, Tran still favors his own provenance.
The spicy smell of Sriracha may be a source of unrest for the people of Irwindale, but ultimately matters rest with both the law and Tran himself. This conundrum may be resolved amicably by a settlement outside the bounds of the law. Or there is always a choice of migration to a foreign location.
See below some of the twitter response on Sriracha plant migration to Taxes.
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