Our processing facility is in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which is where we receive from local farmers only the finest dark-fired and dark air-cured tobacco that is used in our products. We use 100 percent American-grown tobacco in our leading brands.
We blend and store that tobacco in hogshead barrels for aging over three to five years. Finally, it's transported to our plants where all of our brands are manufactured, packaged and shipped for distribution. We have manufacturing operations in Nashville, Tennessee and Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Tobacco matures around early August.
Workers use special knives to cut the tobacco stalk at the base of the plant.
After the tobacco has been cut, workers lay it in rows in the field so they can collect it.
The "hanging" process follows. The tobacco is spiked through the stalk with wooden sticks, fitted with spears, allowing the tobacco plant to rest on the stick. Once the tobacco has been spiked, workers load it onto scaffold wagons to take it to the curing barn.
Tobacco cures in a barn or shady area to prevent burning or blistering. At this point, plant wilting is a desirable trait.
The housing process is very labor-intensive. Workers line up and pass the tobacco sticks from the wagon to the top of the barn.
After the tobacco has been housed, the farmer waits for it to turn yellow which indicates the crop is ready for the firing process.
Company representatives inspect the tobacco for grade and quality.
Once purchased, the tobacco is delivered to our facility in Hopkinsville, Ky. The tobacco is sorted by grade and processed. Once the tobacco is processed, it's placed in wooden barrels or "hogsheads" and aged before we create the final product.