Despite Water Woes, Texas Says "Pass the Hot Sauce"

IRWINDALE, Calif. — Surrounded by blue storage drums, thousands of plastic bottles and chile grinders the size of refrigerators, a Texas politician this week urged a Southern California businessman to move his factory to someplace more hospitable — like the Lone Star State.

“We’ll take care of you,” state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, told David Tran, the founder and CEO of Huy Fong Foods, which makes the popular hot sauce sriracha.

“I trust you,” Tran replied as the Texas flag flew outside his shiny, 650,000-square-foot facility.

As the Irwindale City Council has made moves to clamp down on Tran’s ...

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