Just under two weeks since announcing that it had ended its fulfillment agreement with Blanco Cigars and that it would be looking for a new factory produce its cigars, Hiram & Solomon has announced that it is moving production of its entire portfolio to PDR Cigars in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

Hiram & Solomon has been associated with PDR Cigars since 2021, which is when Fouad Kashouty and Romy Kashouty started working with Abe Flores on new blends and forging a business relationship that would allow for streamlined production and distribution channels.

Now, PDR Cigars will be producing Hiram & Solomon’s entire portfolio, which includes Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master Mason, Veiled Prophet, Traveling Man, Shriner, Grand Architect, 300th Anniversary, and Unity.

“The PDR factory is one of the most modern boutique cigar facilities in the world,” Hiram & Solomon said in a press release. “It uses the most skilled rollers, employing not only the highest quality leaf, but also the Cuban tradition of entubado, a method of bunching that results in a better and more consistent draw.”

Earlier this year, Hiram & Solomon released three new lines, Châbal, Revival, and Sublime Prince 32, all of which are made by PDR Cigars. The company’s Curamus line, which came out in February 2021, is also produced at PDR Cigars, and the factory produced a limited edition called Live2Serve, a collaboration with Cigars for Warriors.

“We have been working together for over a year now and we have built a great working relationship,” Abe Flores, owner of PDR Cigars said to halfwheel. “I’m humbled that they would want to just work with me alone and no other factory.”

Fouad Kashouty told halfwheel that PDR Cigars has already started production on Hiram & Solomon’s lines. He was optimistic that the first PDR-made cigars would begin arriving at retailers in five to six months.

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