Kern County trying to lure Sriracha sauce maker

April 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A South Valley city is hoping to become the new home of a popular hot sauce.

The Kern County Economic Development Corporation is trying to show the maker of Sriracha that Bakersfield and the surrounding area would be a great location.

The company has been considering a move since its current city of Irwindale passed a public nuisance resolution due to the Sriracha factory's strong smell. But it needs to be based within a two-hour drive of where the peppers are grown, which is in Ventura County right now. About 600 acres of peppers are also grown in Kern County.

The company sold $60 million worth of Sriracha last year and would bring dozens of jobs and growth to Bakersfield.