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Profile Tabacalera A Fuenta y Cia
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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Bad luck seemed to follow the family for quite some time. In 1970, they moved shop to Nicaragua, only to have it burned to the ground by rebels or Sandinistas. Not to be deterred, they moved once more to the Honduras, but as luck would have it, their factory there too was burned to the ground, only two months after their arrival.

 

They then moved to Tampa, Florida once more, briefly, and opened up a shop in the Dominican Republic, where they have been producing quality cigars since 1980.

 

Carlos also gave birth to his son, Carlos Jr., shortly after taking control of the business from his father. Carlos Jr. was raised in much the same way as his father was, learning the same methods after school each day.

 

Today, the two make some of the best cigars in the world, employee over 2500 employees, and own six factories and four plantations.

 

Anecdotal History

 

The Arturo family suffered many hardships and struggled valiantly on their journey to become the world’s top cigar producers. Not only did they have to survive the Great Depression and four factories burning to the ground, but when Carlos Sr. decided to open up shop in the Dominican Republic, he did so by mortgaging his home, a risky move, as he admits, “I did not know how I would pay the loan back.”

 

His shop in the Dominican Republic only had seven employees, and there was no running water or telephone services. And no air conditioning, which must have been pretty brutal given the climate.

 

My favorite story about Carlos Sr. occurs during this same time period. He purchased himself a cheap car, a Datsun 120 Wide, which was all he could afford, and still owns the car to this day. He says that he will never get rid of it and I suspect it serves to remind him of his humble beginnings and the long road to success.

 






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0 # Best Cigars Everjohn ramos 2009-05-14 07:10
:D My first cigar 18 yrs ago was a an Arturo Fuente Ciagrs when i first joined the armed forces. Ever since i have preferred the Arturo Fuente line of cigars. To this date i have never had a bad cigar from their line. To date i will have an Arturo Fuente over any cigar.

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