America's oldest premium cigar maker is an incomparable American tale of industry and the immigrant experience

The J.C. Newman Cigar Company is America's oldest family-owned premium cigar maker and the last operating cigar factory in Tampa. At its peak, Tampa's cigar industry made more than half a billion cigars annually, more than were made in Cuba. "This used to be the NapaValley of the cigar industry," says Bobby Newman, co-owner of the company with his brother, Eric.  In decades past, if a cigar bore a Tampa-made stamp, cigar smokers deemed it quality. Preferences change; today's cigar smokers expect a premium cigar to be made outside the US altogether. To continue reading this story on the Tampa Chamber of Commerce website click here.