T.L. Johnson Cigar Company and Black Patch Cigar Company announce a merger between the two companies. Black Patch Cigar Co., a Kentucky based cigar manufacturer, is owned by Eric McAnallen, who has been making cigars in the Dominican Republic since 2000 and growing his own proprietary tobaccos in western Kentucky and the Dominican Republic. McAnallens’ Black Patch Cigar Co. have experienced excellent ratings from numerous review sites and bloggers. McAnallen and Johnson started merger discussions in 2015 and finished all production and distribution negotiations in early December, 2016.
Black Patch Cigar Co. will be produced at Tabacalera TLJ in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Distribution will be handled by T.L. Johnson of Colorado and T.L. Johnson Distributors, both companies based in Colorado.
McAnallen and Johnson are commited to working closely on future plans to grow tobacco in Kentucky as well as expansion of the T.L. Johnson & Co. Tobaccos growing operations in the Dominican Republic. T.L. Johnson & Co. Tobaccos currently grows numerous varieties of Cuban seed and hybrid tobaccos for their production.
Vice President of Operations, Randy Shorman will be handling the day-to-day operations for T.L. Johnson, along with with heading up the new customer education premium cigar division. T.L. Johnson is currently working on expansion plans in international markets, siting the upcoming regulations from the FDA. Black Patch Cigar Co. and T.L. Johnson Cigar Co. will continue to be available in the US, as both meet the February 15th, 2007 grandfather date imposed by the FDA.