APphoto_Hot Sauce Controversy

Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, which owners are considering moving amid a legal fight with the city. (Nick Ut / AP / April 10, 2014)

Tim Logan
May 2, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

Texas lawmakers are making a play to steal California’s most famous hot sauce maker, the embattled Sriracha plant in Irwindale.

Later, this month, Sriracha will host a Lone Star state delegation, eager to poach the popular sauce and its 200 jobs. Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba announced the trip last week, and has since said that a fellow representative and the state agriculture commissioner will be joining him.

Their goal: To offer insight on their state’s “impressive pepper production industry” and its low-tax, light-regulation ways of doing business, and of course get Sriracha-maker Huy Fung Foods to move there.

It’s the latest in a series of recruiting efforts in California by Texas politicians. Gov. Rick Perry has made a well-publicized trip, touting the state’s hands-off business climate and low taxes. It comes on the heels of Toyota’s North American headquarters moving from Torrance to suburban Dallas.

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