A group of Texas politicians led by Dallas' own State Rep. Jason Villalba are touring the Huy Fong Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California today in an effort to bring the headline-making plant to Texas, reports the Texas Tribune.
Today's delegation does not include Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden, whose enthusiastic #sriracha2denton campaign has made headlines and who will also be heading to Irwindale for a visit soon. The bipartisan group touring the factory today believes "San Antonio or a nearby city could be a good fit" for the controversial chili sauce factory; a rep for Villalba tells Eater National that according to their research, "South and Southwest Texas are most ideal for pepper growing."
Following the tour, the group will "head into a closed-door meeting with top Huy Fong officials," says the Tribune, but it sounds like they've got their work cut out for them; as Eater National notes, founder David Tran seems less than enthusiastic about the idea of uprooting his company, "a move [that] would mean relocating or replacing some 200 employees and finding a new pepper grower."
· Bipartisan Sriracha Delegation Heads to California [Texas Tribune]
· Texas Delegation to Visit California Sriracha Factory [-E-]
· Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden on Why the Sriracha Factory Should Move to Texas [-EDFW-]
· More Sriracha coverage on Eater Dallas [-EDFW-]
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