May 20, 2011

End of an Era: Last Remaining Red Lion Cigar Factory Closes After 100 Years

(WPMT) Joe Jacob's father bought JW Winter's Cigar Factory in Red Lion in the 1960's.
Since than it's been under the name GW Van Slykes & Horton and produced quality cigars and chewing tobacco for nearly a half century. But the last remaining cigar factory is about to shut its doors.
"We were manufactering seven million cigars a year," said Jacob's.
But that was then - increased tobacco prices - higher taxes and less people smoking cigars has forced Jacob's to reevaluate the family business. Continued