Kern County trying to lure Sriracha sauce maker

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.

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.

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