Alabama Cigar Plant Closes

Altadis USA is shutting down the plant on Dec. 5.

Plant manager Vlencon Brown told The Selma Times-Journal that
the 213 employees will be paid through Dec. 15.

Richard McKenzie, senior vice president of human resources for
Altadis, said Nov. 14 is the last production day at the plant,
which began making cigars in Selma in 1941.

Employees received notices Tuesday morning.

The company cited government regulations, smoking restrictions, rising taxes and a decrease in demand for the blunt-shaped cigar as reasons for the closing.


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