Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods has been tussling with the city council of Irwindale, Calif., near Los Angeles for months now over whether the factory’s spicy smells harm its neighbors. There’s been legal action and suggested fixes, but also pleas from other cities for the company to consider moving there. Some say that it causes kids to get asthma. The Huy Fong stuff is now an $80 million business, made in a 600,000-square-foot plant. Tran designed the plant to be self-sufficient. The peppers are ground here and stored in huge plastic tubs manufactured on-site. The sauce is mixed and bottled on-site. Even the machines are repaired on-site.
Tran has decided to stay in his Irwindale factory. He has been in California for more than 30 years, and he’s not planning to move.