LBA Corporate Member Sriracha to Stay in California

A Big Win for LBA Corporate Member Huy Fong Foods,

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makers of World-Famous

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Sriracha Chili Sauce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 2014

Latin Business Association Chairman Ruben Guerra announced today that LBA Corporate Member Huy Fong Foods, local manufacturer of Sriracha Chili Sauce and other world-renowned products based in Irwindale, California, will be staying in California.

The LBA, a nationally-recognized powerful advocate for California business, doing its part to stem the current trend of businesses exiting California, has helped Huy Fong Foods to ultimately prevail in its long legal battle with the City of Irwindale, CA, thanks, in part, to the lobbying efforts of the LBA, California State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D- West Covina) of the 24th Senate District, State Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D- West Covina) of the 48th Assembly District and the LAEDC- Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, along with many others.

“This truly was a prime example of LBA Advocacy for an LBA Business Member and
a robust joint effort to save a local California business- and the nearly 2,000 Latino jobs it represents.

I want to thank Sen. Ed Hernandez and Assemblymember Roger Hernández, and GoBiz
of Governor Brown’s office, in particular, for their invaluable support in this effort. This sends a clear message to Texas Governor Rick Perry that ‘Not All California Businesses Are Up for Grabs- or Interested in Moving to Texas!’ The LBA will continue to champion the cause for California business…and to keep jobs IN California.”

Ruben Guerra
Chairman & CEO
Latin Business Association

Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran made the decision to keep the company in California after a protracted legal battle with the City of Irwindale that escalated to a statewide level a few months ago when the LAEDC- Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation– initiated contact with Governor Jerry Brown’s office.

Huy Fong Foods joined the LBA as a corporate member in March 2014 because it recognized the increased leverage the Latin Business Association could provide through its powerful connections in Sacramento. Indeed, the LBA joined the effort, lobbying for Huy Fong Foods in the state capitol during its 2014 LBA LEGISLATIVE DAY in Sacramento, which took place on May 4th thru 6th. The LBA delegation also passed out sample bottles of the world-renown Sriracha Chili Sauce to grateful state legislators throughout the day and at the evening reception held in the capitol basement.

The City of Irwindale brought a lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods, attempting to rid the city of the food manufacturer after receiving complaints from residents about irritating fumes from the daily grinding of chili peppers (the operation which the company, in deference to the residents, changed to once-a-week), and then from the odor of garlic. But the plant provides nearly 2,000 jobs, mostly Latino jobs, which Mr. Tran was loathe to have to relocate. Needless to say, California does not need to lose yet another local manufacturer, especially after the shocking recent announcement from corporate giant Toyota that it is soon to leave its historic and important headquarter base in Torrance, CA for a new headquarters in Texas.

The lobbying collaboration in Sacramento led to a recently-scheduled visit by Irwindale officials and a delegation from the governor’s office to the Sriracha plant, and a closed-door meeting, afterwhich Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda announced that the city had planned to drop its lawsuit. The next day, the Irwindale City Council finally voted unanimously to table a resolution declaring the plant a public nuisance.

The decision of Huy Fong Foods to remain in California, and the saving of nearly 2,000 Latino jobs represents a huge, hard-won victory for California. The LBA will continue to do its part to help bring many more such victories to our Golden State.

Read the Los Angeles Times Article Sriracha Truce Brokered with Help of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office.

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