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T.L. Johnson Cigar Co. Merges with Black Patch Cigar Co.

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A pair of American cigar companies with ties to the Dominican Republic have joined forces, as today T.L. Johnson Group Dominicana, SRL/T.L. Johnson Cigar Company and Black Patch Cigar Company announced a merger between the two entities.

Black Patch is owned by Eric McAnallen and headquartered in Pikeville, Ky. It was launched in 2000 and makes cigars in the Dominican Republic using the company’s Kentucky-grown tobacco, known as Kenbano, in its blends. The company’s current lineup of cigars the original Kenbano and the Kenbano Platino and Kenbano Oro, which were released earlier this year.

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T.L. Johnson Companies dates its history back to 1993, branching out into cigars on a small basis in 1998 before expanding in 2002 and then being relaunched in 2010. It has grown to include the Tabacalera TLJ factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic as well as a distribution company based in the Denver, Colo. area.

As part of the merger, Black Patch Cigars will be produced at Tabacalera TLJ and distributed by T.L. Johnson Distributors.

In the announcement, the companies intend to work closely on continuing to grow tobacco in Kentucky, as well as expansion of T.J. Johnson & Co. Tobacco’s growing operations in the Dominican Republic. “Black Patch Cigars and McAnallens’ tobacco growing experience in Kentucky and the Dominican Republic to be a welcome addition to the T.L. Johnson Cigar family,” said Johnson via a press release.

Randy Shorman, vp of operations for T.L. Johnson, will be handling the day to day activities following the merger.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified T.L. Johnson Cigar Co. as having been established in 2010. The company’s history has been updated and corrected.

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