An Oroville group is hoping to turn a controversy into a business opportunity. The Oroville Economic Alliance is reaching out to Sriracha hot sauce, hoping the company will bring their factory to Butte County.
The Sriracha factory was recently declared a public nuisance by the Irwindale City Council in Los Angeles County.
Neighbors in Southern California have complained about the smell of the plant. The factory has 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors.
The Oroville Economic Alliance sees this as an opportunity to lure the business to move north. According to a statement on Facebook, the Oroville Economic Alliance said "Our goal is not only to keep business in California, but to invite companies to business-friendly Butte County."
The alliance said Oroville is close to agriculture, has affordable land and the lowest water rates in the country.