J.C. Newman Cigar Company 125th Year

In 1895, our grandfather/great-grandfather Julius C. (J.C.) Newman founded our family cigar business. Four generations later, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is America’s oldest family-owned premium cigar maker.  We proudly hand roll premium cigars today the same way that J.C. Newman did a century ago.

2020 marks the start of our company’s 125th anniversary year.  We look forward to celebrating the major milestone throughout 2020. We invite you to join us at special events around the country, visiting our restored El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa when it reopens this spring, and by lighting up your favorite J.C. Newman cigar.

A key to our company’s longevity has been an unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship and customer service. As a family-owned company, we personally stand behind all of our products and strive to ensure that each is perfect. Our family’s sole goal is to continue J.C. Newman’s legacy and our family tradition and keep rolling hand crafted premium cigars for another 125 years.

We are very grateful for your support of J.C. Newman and wish you and your family a very healthy, happy, and successful New Year!

Factory Opening 2020

Our “El Reloj” cigar factory in the “Cigar City” of Tampa, Florida was built in 1910. In celebration of our company’s 125th anniversary in 2020, we are working to restore El Reloj to its historic grandeur. This year, we will rededicate El Reloj and will welcome visitors from around the world.

In addition to an expanded museum, our public areas will also include a retail store, hand-rolling area, and many interactive experiences. Between our self-guided and docent-led tour options, you will be able to peek into the past to see how our family persevered through the years, learn more about the industry which built Tampa and experience the artistry of cigar making first hand.

On this page, we will be documenting the renovations taking place in our museum and throughout our factory. Be sure to click through to our other pages for updates on factory renovation progress and visitor information for our grand opening.

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