New Headquarters for “Rooster Sauce” Company Nearing Completion in Irwindale

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

July 5, 2011

Under a sweltering sun and amid temperatures approaching triple digits on Tuesday, construction crews in Irwindale toiled away on a building that will soon be home to something rivaling the weather in heat.

The 655,000-square-foot building, located at Azusa Canyon Road and Cypress Street, is nearing completion. Once it is, it will service as a factory and corporate headquarters for Huy Fong Foods, known for its popular sriracha chili sauce. 

The “rooster sauce” company, currently located in Rosemead, is relocating to Irwindale so it can keep up with demand for its spicy condiments – used in restaurants and kitchens across the country.

Even though its Rosemead facility is capable of producing up to 20 million bottles of hot sauce per year, lead times on orders are still long, said Donna Lam, office administrator for the company.  The Irwindale location will allow it to manufacture up to 10 times that amount.

Lam said the company hasn’t yet set out a clear timeline for moving its operations to the new facility.

New production lines will begin opening in Irwindale to supplement those already running in Rosemead, but Lam said its difficult to predict exactly when that will happen.

She said office operations will probably move in early next year.

“I don’t think it’s really hit us that the building is almost finished,” she said. “We’re just taking it one step at a time.”

Craig Furniss of Seventh Street Development, the company developing the site, said he expects construction on the 23-acre site to wrap up by August.

“We’re moving quickly,” he said. “The power should be on this week. That’s pretty exciting.”

Crews recently wrapped up work on two large fountains outside the facility and have been painting the building, installing windows and are doing finishing work on the offices inside, Furniss said.

Though the facility is of fairly conventional tilt-up construction used in many warehouses and factories, Furniss said the site has some innovative features.

Rather than having water-thursty manicured lawns, the facility will feature xeriscaping – landscaping that minimizes water use.

Passersby will also notice what appears to be a dry creek bed meandering among small trees along the edge of the property.

Furniss said state regulations require new construction to minimize the amount of rainwater runoff that will enter storm drains. The creek is designed to capture that water and let it soak back into the ground.

As an alternative, the building’s parking lots could have been paved with porous concrete, but Furniss said he prefers the natural look.

“There’s many ways to do it,” he said. “I think this is a more aesthetically pleasing and creative way.”

Irwindale City Council member Manuel Ortiz is also pleased with how the project is turning out.

“It’s getting more and more attractive every day,” he said. “It’s coming along and it looks really good.”

Bob Whang, who owns a convenience store across the street from the building, agrees.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “Looks good.”

And although traffic has been somewhat impacted at times because of the construction, https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-feminin-effet-nefaste/ Whang said it’s been “no problem” for him.

In fact, he said his business has been boosted by the many construction workers who visit the store.  He hopes that trend continues once the factory opens and the nearly 200 anticipated employees begin working.  He said he’s even considering opening a restaurant at a vacant building next door to cater to those employees.

Ortiz said he hopes the facility will eventually have a similar effect on businesses located a few blocks north, along Arrow Highway.

“I think this will generate more business for the surrounding community,” he said.

By: J.D. Velasco

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Posted July 5, 2011 by jcowan in News